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Building Relationships in Australia and feeling more at home

Navigating life in a new country can be overwhelming, and it is easy to stick to the familiar – your university, fellow international students, and the bustling city. However, embracing the enriching journey of connecting with Australians can be transformative for your well-being and contribute to personal growth. Building relationships is not just a social endeavour; it is a crucial aspect of mental health.


Understanding culture, ways of how things work in Australia

  • Step out of your comfort zone!

Embrace invitations from locals, stepping out of your comfort zone to foster meaningful connections and broaden cultural experiences.

  • Embrace differences & learning!

Maintain an open-minded approach towards cultural, opinion, and ideological differences.


Lets Give Your Aussie Slang a Burl, Mate!

Arvo

Afternoon

Good onya

Good work

Barbie

Barbeque (BBQ)

Hard yakka

Hard work

Bog/Dunny

Toilet

How you going

How are you doing?

Brekky

Breakfast

Maccas

McDonalds

Brollie/Brolly

Umbrella

Mates

Friends

Choccy Biccy

Chocolate biscuit

Mozzie

Mosquito

Copper

Police

Postie

Postman

Critkey

Suprised

Roo

Kangoroo

Cuppa

Cup of coffee/tea

Sheila

Woman

Deadset

Yes

Sunnies

Sunglasses

Facey

Facebook

Thongs

Flip Flops

Footy

Football

U-ey

U-Turn


Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Insurers

Alliance Care

  • Telephone: 136 742 / 1800 651 1349

  • Sonder: Digital and human powered support to provide 24/7 access to personal care. Access free, quality support from mental health professionals and make steps to improve your wellbeing.

Bupa

  • 24/7 Student Advice Line withing Australia: 1300 884 235


Medibank

  • 24/7 Medibank Student Health and Support Line: 1800 887 283


Other Health Support Systems

  • Nurse on Call Victoria: 1300 60 60 624

  • Doctors on Demand 24/7 Telephone Consultation: 1800 854 344

  • HotDoc: Find a doctor, dentist, or healthcare specialist and make online appointments. Make sure to call the clinic and confirm whether they accept your OSHC card and if you are fully covered with no out of pocket charges

  • Affordable Online Psychologists: visit Integrative Psychology


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