Health, Security and Safety
The College is committed to the safety and security of its residents.
In addition to the Deputy Head and the Dean of Students residing on-site, there are a number of other security measures in place to manage the safety of our residents:
- After hours, the external doors of the College are locked and alarmed for security purposes. During this time, residents are required to use their keys to access the College.
- The College employs a Night Porter from 5pm – 11pm.
- The College employs a Security Guard from 11pm – 6am each day, which is shared with The Women’s College.
- The College has installed a number of CCTV cameras in public areas.
- The Resident Assistants share a duty roster, so that one person is on duty each night during the week and at all times during the weekend.
In addition to the College’s security practices, UQ Security is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The College’s security officers have direct contact with UQ Security. Additionally, Duchesne College is serviced by the UniSafe Safety Bus – a free Safety Bus service which operates after 6pm on the St Lucia campus all year, Monday to Friday. Students are able to ride the Safety Bus to Duchesne College in the evenings for their safety. Alternatively, students are able to call a UniSafe Escort to accompany them on their walk back to Duchesne College in the evenings.
While College staff will assist students who are ill or require medical attention, the responsibility for health issues ultimately remains with the individual. It is the resident’s responsibility to take herself to the doctor and there are a number of medical centres in close proximity to the College. This includes the UQ Health Service (located on the UQ Campus for use by UQ students), St Lucia Medical (a short walk from the College) and Taringa 7 Day Medical Practice (open until 11pm every day and a short drive from the College).
All students are encouraged to obtain health insurance. At the very least, all domestic students should have their own Medicare card. International students are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover and are encouraged to investigate the possibility of extending this basic coverage, depending on their individual circumstances.
Prospective students who have a pre-existing medical condition may be required to complete a ‘Care Plan’ to ensure that the College is fully aware and prepared.
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