Archive for student health

Students share prescription drugs to save money

Posted in Life with tags , on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“College students are sharing prescription drugs with serious health risks to avoid the cost of attending a doctor, a new report has found. A study of more than 300 undergraduate students aged between 18 and 25 found that more than one third of those (37%) who engaged in this risky behaviour did so for financial reasons …” (more)

[John Burke and Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post, 13 March]

University defends Health Centre charges

Posted in Life with tags , on 16 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A University spokesperson has defended the introduction of fees for the Student Health Service, which came into effect on 6th September. The charges; €10 to see a nurse, €25 to see a doctor and €40 to see a psychiatrist; are expected to help cover the costs of running the Health Centre, which amount to €750,000 annually for doctor and nurse consultations, and €650,000 for the student counselling services. University officials have defended the rates, stating that they are around fifty per cent of the typical GP charges …” (more)

[Quinton O’Reilly, University Observer, 15 September]

UCD students must pay for medical care sought on campus

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Fees for GP and nurse services are being introduced for students at University College Dublin (UCD). The UCD student health service was previously free for students but from September 7th charges will include €25 to see a doctor, €10 to see a nurse and €40 for a psychiatric consultation. However, the student counselling service will remain free and both UCD and the students’ union emphasised this was important. In an e-mail to all students, UCD said it was no longer possible to maintain the way it funded the service in the current economic climate …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 27 August]

UCD to charge for health services

Posted in Life with tags , on 26 August 2009 by Steve

Ireland“University College Dublin will this year introduce fees for its student health service. Students were informed of the new charges by email on Monday. From the start of the academic year, charges will include a €10 fee for a nurse visit and a €25 fee to see a doctor …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 August]

New student health card

Posted in Life with tags , on 21 April 2009 by Steve

Ireland“‘Pass it on’ is the name of a new student card issued by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) this week as part of a health support initiative. The card is due to be publicised at Mind your Head, a mental health awareness fair hosted tomorrow by GMIT’s student health unit. It carries key contact details for GMIT student services, counselling, the health unit and college chaplaincy, and is designed to be passed on to students by fellow students …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 21 April]

NUS wants end to cheap student beer

Posted in Life with tags , , on 3 April 2009 by Steve

UK“Cheap beer in union bars is one of the few perks left for students struggling to survive during the recession. Now this, too, could disappear, thanks to their own leaders who want a minimum price on alcohol. The new edict threatens the practice of all-day sessions in the bar — a longstanding tradition for generations of students. The National Union of Students (NUS) has decided to campaign for alcohol prices to be raised because of concerns about binge drinking. At its annual conference in Blackpool, delegates voted to start consultations to set a minimum price on alcohol in students’ unions …” (more)

[Nicola Woolcock, Times, 3 April]

Nursing students unprotected against mumps outbreak

Posted in Life with tags , , on 24 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“A number of UCD nursing students, who were on a clinical work placement, have received late warnings to receive vaccinations to protect against a recent outbreak of mumps as the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems felt they were not at risk of infection. Fourth year students who were on placement since the beginning of January were not contacted as it was believed that they were not in risk of contracting the virus as they were not on attending classes on campus. A staff member from the School of Nursing explained that only ‘priority students’ were contacted about the outbreak as the majority of students had been on work placements. However, Director of the Student Health Service, Dr Sandra Tighe, stated that these students may still be at risk stating that ‘being on campus or not on campus is not the issue because [the virus] is in the community anyway’. The staff member didn’t acknowledge any mistake on the part of the School of Nursing …” (more)

[Áine Gilligan, University Observer, 24 March]

Students warned about rise in mumps

Posted in Life with tags , on 23 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“More cases of mumps have been reported in the first ten weeks of this year than in all of last year, with 1,172 cases reported since January compared to 1,166 in all of 2008. The figures for the first ten weeks of 2009 contrast sharply with the same period last year, when fewer than 100 cases of mumps were reported. The Health Service Executive’s health protection surveillance centre has warned all young people, particularly second and third-level students, to make sure they are protected against mumps. Following the dramatic rise since the start of 2009, vaccination clinics have been set up at some third-level institutions. Some colleges are now also concerned about a measles outbreak …” (more)

[Michelle Devane and Nicola Cooke, Sunday Business Post, 22 March]

College is healthiest option, finds report

Posted in Life with tags , , , on 11 March 2009 by Steve

“The best way to preserve young people’s health during a time of mass unemployment is for them to go to college, a report published this morning suggests. Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at the University of Sheffield, said youth opportunity-type schemes are almost as detrimental to psychological good health as unemployment. In an editorial published online by the British Medical Journal, he said: ‘For young people these are a continuum of health-damaging states from being unemployed at one extreme to being placed on what were called youth opportunity programmes in the 1980s, to having a paid apprenticeship, to having a secure job, to being in college.’ Based on research into unemployment and health carried out in the 1980s and 1990s, the best option for men and women aged 16-24 was going to college, primarily because entering further education was associated with a lower risk of suicide …” (more)

[Muiris Houston, Irish Times, 11 March]