Health and Wellbeing

Health and wellbeing in Cairns

Queenslanders generally adopt healthy lifestyles and live in clean cities with access to quality, fresh food, health and fitness options. Cairns in tropical north Queensland is no exception. It’s year-round tropical climate, an abundance of fresh healthy food and cultural and sporting activities are just of the attractions of living and studying in Cairns.

Staying healthy is more than just being physically fit. Good health involves leading a balanced lifestyle, eating healthy foods and exercising for both fitness and relaxation.

Keeping fit doesn’t have to cost a cent either! Daily free fitness classes are held on the Cairns Esplanade, plus there is a large network of trails for walking, jogging or cycling.

Visit Living in Cairns page for more information

Health and Medical Services

High quality medical and health services are available across Cairns 24 hours a day. When visiting a doctor in Queensland, you will need to have your Overseas Student Health Cover card and passport with you.

Cairns Hospital is located at 165 The Esplanade, Cairns Ph 07 4226 0000.  For Police, Ambulance or Fire emergencies dial 000 (zero-zero-zero)

Coping with studies

Studying overseas is a brave and positive step towards your future. Away from your home environment, it is natural to feel anxiety while living and studying in a foreign place. You might feel excited and happy one day, anxious, sad or lonely the next. These emotions are a natural part of your study adventure. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you feel overwhelmed.

The study environment at most Australian study institutions is informal and interactive. Group projects, oral and written presentations, exams and practical sessions are all common methods of teaching and learning. Be prepared to speak up, contribute your ideas and take part in class discussions.

Making new friends

Australians are generally friendly and north Queenslanders have a reputation for being relaxed and friendly. You’ll likely find it easy to strike up a conversation and should find it easy to make friends in and out of the classroom.

Cairns has a wide community of sporting and cultural clubs that welcome visitors and newcomers with similar interests. Festivals, Events and sporting competitions are held throughout the year, which are a good way to meet people with similar interests.

Volunteering at the Student Hub or at your educational institution is also a guaranteed way to make new friends!

Visit the Helpful links page for information about cultural groups in Cairns.

1800 QSTUDY: information for students

Your safety is our number one priority and we work with our industry partners to ensure you enjoy a safe and high-quality study experience. 

From Term 1, 2019, all students studying an international program at an accredited International Student Program (ISP) school will use our new support service called 1800 QSTUDY (1800 778 839).
This service will replace the current support arrangements we have in place for you outside of normal school hours. 

The 1800 QSTUDY service provides support for you, your authorised contacts and Education Queensland International (EQI) homestay hosts, and responds to incidents that involve international students outside school hours.

You can call 1800 QSTUDY before 9.00am and after 3.00pm on school days, and 24 hours during weekends, public holidays and school vacations.

For more information read the 1800 QSTUDY brochure for international students (PDF, 1.1MB).

Social worker / emotional support at the Hub

Twice a month, Vanessa Mekisic from Centacare attends the Hub to provide emotional support to students. She is available for one-on-one appointments and also conducts workshops about how to deal with the pressures of being an international student. For upcoming events and to book a time with her, visit our Events web page.

Below are blogs written by Vanessa on various topics relating to issues you may face as an international student:

Latest Blogs



Study Cairns responds to Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Study Cairns is in constant contact with Study Queensland, which is working hard for the International Education sector in co-operation with the International Education Global Reputation Taskforce. The Education Minister Dan Tehan and Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham acknowledge the significant impact that Novel coronavirus has on our sector. Janine Bowmaker, Study Cairns President, says […]



Keeping mentally healthy using apps

by Vanessa Mekisic Keeping mentally healthy everyday can be hard work especially if you are studying, learning, working and missing family and friends. You can start to feel tired, overwhelmed, lonely and wonder why you even wanted to leave your home. We have to be connected to technology to study and keep in contact with […]



Experiencing and coping with grief abroad

by Vanessa Mekisic, Centacare social worker Experiencing grief abroad What a terribly sad subject to be talking about, but a necessary one. It is likely that at some point in your journey abroad you have felt sad, angry, overwhelmed, or guilty due to issues happening at home that you are not able to help with, […]

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Do you want to volunteer?

The Student Hub welcomes students who want to help by volunteering their time and skills to assist other students. We’re also developing an exciting Internship Program and are happy to assist with finding an internship or volunteer position for you.


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