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Tasmanian cities have high level of personal safety. Although Tasmania has safe and welcoming cities and communities, it is important to take care and look after yourself.

In an emergency

In an emergency, dial 000 (it is a free call) to contact the police, fire brigade or ambulance.

Top tips from Tasmania police

Here are some top tips by Tasmania Police to have the safest stay possible in Tasmania:

Wellbeing

A big part of staying healthy during your studies is leading a balanced lifestyle with plenty of exercise and eating a healthy diet. In Tasmania, we have the advantage of a superb natural environment where you can exercise, eat healthy local food of exceptional quality and breathing some of the cleanest air in the world.

Medical assistance and health insurance

If you need medical assistance, high quality health services are available across Tasmania. As part of student visa requirements in Australia, you must have health insurance cover for the entire length of your enrolment. Your education provider will discuss this with you and your options when you enrol, as well as the many specific health and mental health services they provide.

When going to a doctor

When making an appointment, let the doctor know that you are an international student and check that they take your health insurance.

Mental wellbeing

We understand that study can be a stressful time and in Tasmania there are many services to help with any mental health challenges. Speak to your education provider when you arrive for information on their specific health and mental health services available. Some of Australia’s national mental health services with 24-hour free hotlines are:

Lifeline

Call 13 11 14 to access crisis support.

Beyondblue

Call 1300 22 4636 to speak to someone about anxiety, depression and suicide.

Physical wellbeing

Ensure you get enough exercise. Sports and physical activities can be a great way to meet new friends and to reduce stress. Talk to your institution about sport and club options.

Healthy eating

We know that as a student, you may be on a tight budget. Eating well is important for your overall health and your academic performance. Eating can be cheaper at home if you do a little bit of meal prep. To keep costs low, buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. Tinned and frozen produce can also be a great alternative and won’t perish as quickly.

You could cook food in bulk and refrigerate/freeze it. This way, it will last you a few days, and you won’t need to think about it when you are working on submitting your assignment.

Have a look here for Australia’s national healthy eating guidelines.