Health resources

A collection of resources on a range of common health topics.

The following information is intended to provide general knowledge about common health concerns, and is no substitute for a professional diagnosis.

Alcohol and drugs

It's important to know your limit when it comes to alcohol and drug consumption, as these substances can have a detrimental effect on your health.

Cervical screening

All women aged 25–70 who have been sexually active should have a regular screening to protect against cervical cancer.


Contraception is available in a number of different forms. Make an appointment with a nurse or a doctor to discuss the best kind of contraception for you.

Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that can cause pneumonia. Know the symptoms and call your GP or Student Health urgently if you think you have been exposed.

Depression and anxiety

If you're experiencing depression or anxiety, it's important that you seek support. Advice and treatments are available.


Staying healthy and protecting yourself from preventable illness while you are studying at Victoria University of Wellington is important.


Having the flu is more severe than having a common cold. The best protection against the flu is immunisation.

Meningococcal disease and meningitis

Meningococcal disease is a serious infection caused by bacteria. Know the warning signs, and respond immediately if you suspect someone has this disease.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI)

Most STIs can be treated if they are detected early enough. Know what to look out for and how to prevent them.


Smoking is a leading cause of death in New Zealand, as well as having serious affects on your everyday health and quality of life.