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.


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



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, […]



Coping in your new 'home country': Aussie customs and lingo

by Vanessa Mekisic, Centacare social worker “How ya going, wanna come round for a barbie tomorrow arvo?” “Bring a plate hey, and your own piss and we’ll chuck a snag on the barbie” How would a non-Australian person interpret this? Maybe, they they wonder, “so, they want me to visit them with a Barbie doll […]

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