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March 4, 2013 | by  | in News |
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International Students Screwed, High Price for Casual Sex

Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) has put a condom on sexual health funding for international and casual students with cuts effective from 1 Jan.

Complaints from students followed the Victoria University Student Health Services announcement that casual and international patients are now required to pay for any sexual health consultation they receive.

Sexual Health appointments for casual and international students will now cost $67 for a 15-minute appointment with a doctor or 30-minute appointment with a nurse.

Pam Thorburn, director of Student Academic Services, told Salient funding is beyond the control of Student Health.

“[The changes] were brought about by funding reductions from CCDHB and Compass Primary Healthcare Organisation.”

Salient contacted CCDHB for comment but they did not respond before the magazine went to print.

VUWSA president Rory McCourt said he is disappointed with the changes.

“The cuts are a huge equity issue for students.”

He hopes to meet with the chair of the CCDHB to discuss the changes, and also plans to meet with Labour and the Greens to fight against the cuts.

Additional laboratory charges will also apply to international patients, a group who already pays tuition fees up to six times that of domestic students.

As at 15 February, Victoria had 814 international students enrolled.

 

Gus Mitchell

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