As an international institution with a network of campuses around the world, the University is closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
The University is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and communities. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated information as it becomes available.
Please check the FAQs page regularly for the latest information.
The University has prepared a FAQ web page outlining information with regards to the novel coronavirus: https://www.uow.edu.au/student/coronavirus-faqs
Further information for staff is outlined below.
General Health Advice
Any members of the UOW community who are unwell or concerned about their health should contact their doctor. If displaying symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath and have travelled to Wuhan China in the past 14 days, inform the doctor before arriving and follow their instructions.
NSW Health has advised the risk of contracting the virus is extremely low without close contact.
In accordance with preventative influenza practices we ask students, staff and visitors to take the precautions advised by public health specialists which include:
- frequently cleaning of hands by using alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water
- when coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard used tissues in the bin immediately and wash hands
- avoid close contact with anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing or sneezing
- if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
For further information on the novel coronavirus please refer to the NSW Health FAQ page: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx#10
If you are a staff member who requires support, UOW offers a free, confidential counselling service through the UOW Employee Assistance Provider (EAP), LifeWorks. Details of the EAP are available at: https://www.uow.edu.au/about/services/safe-at-work/well-at-work/healthy-mind/employee-assistance-program/