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AuthorCatherine Stephenson

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September 11, 2016

I work as a GP at Student Health and have been privileged to meet an incredible, stimulating, and diverse range of students—people from all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. I have also met a number of people who are gender diverse, who don’t identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. I can’t claim to […]

April 3, 2016

Although we live in an era when just about anything is an acceptable topic for debate or discussion, I think conversations about sex are still taboo. We seem happy to talk about all sorts of other things, but when it comes to what happens between the sheets, we are often strangely silent. I am not […]

February 21, 2016

  Illness: Living in close quarters in halls can expose you to contagious diseases and viruses that cause coughs, colds, and flu to spread. Rarer, but more severe infections such as meningococcal, are prevalent where many people live together—so crowded flats and halls are again a risk factor. Relationships and sex: If you’re starting a […]

June 1, 2015

I love arriving at work, walking down the stairs of the Student Union Building, and seeing a wee queue of people waiting to donate blood. This selfless act takes only a few minutes, but can save up to three lives. New Zealand needs 3,000 donations each week to meet the needs of the health service—that’s […]

May 17, 2015

Sex should be fun. For both of you. But it should also be safe. At Student Health, I have been impressed by how thoughtful patients are when it comes to the issue of safe sex—regularly coming to the clinic and requesting a check-up, even when they have no symptoms. Studies show that young people are […]

April 27, 2015

Why do I need to protect myself against flu? Influenza is a serious infection. It affects one in five of us each year. Around 400 deaths each year in New Zealand are thought to result from flu. Anyone can get flu, including young, fit, healthy people. You can protect yourself by following these steps: Getting […]

March 23, 2015

“I am constantly tired and wonder if I could be lacking in iron. If I am, what can I do about it and how can I prevent it happening again?”—Alana Yes, Alana—it is absolutely possible that a deficiency in iron is the cause of your tiredness, although obviously there could be lots of other causes […]

March 8, 2015

Acne “I am 22 years old. Ever since I was 15, my skin has been bad. I get regular breakouts on my face and back. I thought this would settle as I got older, but it hasn’t. Is there anything I can do that will help?” Chloe. Thanks for the question, Chloe. The short answer […]

March 1, 2015

Checklist for Freshers Embarking on student life should be an exciting time, but unfortunately may bring with it specific health issues. If you’ve just arrived at Vic, or have been here for years but have failed to look after your health, read on. Living in close quarters in Halls can expose you to contagious diseases—viruses […]