Mental health support for international students

A dedicated mental health hotline and email service has been established to support international students impacted by Coronavirus.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP said the call centre would provide support for students with loved ones back home and more information about the virus.

“Our message to students is that you’re not alone and the Australian community is here to support you,” Mr Vasta said.

“The Government will continue to work closely with universities to make student’s transitioning back into Australia as seamless as possible once travel resumes.

“Students in China who hold a student visa and are currently affected by the travel restrictions can be assured their visa remains valid.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said international students studying in Australia could access the same health and medical services as any other Australian.

“These established crisis centres offer bilingual language support and can refer students to counselling services in languages other than English,” Minister Tehan said.

“If students choose to study a little more online, their highly regarded Australian world-class university degree will also remain valid.”

Students can call 1300 981 621 from 8am to 8pm AEDST Monday to Friday or email to get the help and support they need.