If you are a UQ staff member and are impacted by any of the restrictions please advise your supervisor, who will in turn will work with you to provide the necessary support.

We have suspended all university travel to mainland China until further notice. Read information for UQ travellers.

This video from UQ Professor David Paterson provides some more information. David is one of Australia’s most respected and highly cited infectious diseases physicians.

I have been impacted by travel restrictions or self-isolation. What should I do?

If you are a UQ staff member and are impacted by any of the restrictions please advise your supervisor, who will in turn will work with you to provide the necessary support.

Due to travel restrictions, I’m not sure if I can return to Brisbane to teach classes on 24 February. What can I do?

If you are a UQ staff member and are impacted by any of the restrictions please advise your supervisor, who will in turn will work with you to provide the necessary support.

Will study/key dates change?

Semester 1 timetables have not changed. Please refer to the academic calendar for key dates.

I am travelling back from overseas via China? Do I change my plans?

From 1 February 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family (dependents, legal guardians and spouses) will be able to enter Australia within 14 days of visiting or transiting through mainland China.

All other travellers from mainland China, or transiting through mainland China, on or after 1 February 2020, will not be permitted entry to Australia until 14 days after they have left, or transited through, mainland China.

Read the latest government advice on travel here. For non-UQ travel advice contact your travel agent or airline.

For the latest advice on UQ approved travel click here.

Can I travel to China?

We have suspended all university travel to mainland China until further notice. Read information for UQ travellers.

What should I do if I am showing symptoms of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) or been in close contact with a confirmed case?

Any members of the UQ community who are in Australia and showing symptoms should contact their General Practitioner (doctor) or a health professional, so that any appropriate precautionary measures can be taken regarding treatment. We suggest you phone ahead, explaining your symptoms and travel history, rather than attending in person.

UQ Health Care can be contacted for appointments. Their team of GPs, nurses, allied health professionals and specialists provide care across our five medical clinics in Ipswich, Annerley, Meadowbrook, St Lucia and Gatton.

  • St Lucia: (07) 3365 6210
  • Gatton: (07) 5460 1396
  • Annerley / PACE: (07) 3346 1122
  • Ipswich: (07) 3381 1800
  • Meadowbrook: (07) 3489 9400

Out of hours care can be obtained at your local Emergency Department (call ‘000’).

To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should practice good hygiene by covering your coughs and sneezes and washing your hands thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. You should also clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

I am worried about my family and friends in China. Who can I talk to?

If you are a staff member who requires support, UQ offers a free, confidential counselling service through Benestar, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Do face masks protect against the virus?

There is no indication or evidence that masks are needed in day-to-day activities around UQ or while using public transport.

Queensland Health advises that based on current advice, only people who have returned from mainland China and are unwell and have access to a face mask should use it.  For anyone else who does not have symptoms, a face mask is not necessary.

Within a health care setting, P2 masks are likely to provide some protection against the virus for those who are in close contact such as treating or testing a person with symptoms.

Who can I contact at UQ if I have questions?

If you are a UQ Staff member and are impacted by any of the restrictions you should advise your supervisor, who will in turn notify HR. For general question, you can contact the Health, Safety and Wellness Division at hsw@uq.edu.au.

I have students going on placements. What should I do?

The following advice applies to UQ students who have commenced, or are about to commence their placement.

If you have been in Hubei Province, China within the last 14 days, you must:

  • cease, or do not commence your placement
  • inform your placement supervisor
  • you will not be able to attend campus and must follow self-isolation protocols.

Students on placements in clinical settings or where there are high risk groups who have visited or transited through mainland China (including Hong Kong,) but have not been in the Hubei Province within the last 14 days must:

  • cease, or do not commence your placement
  • inform your placement supervisor, and
  • continue to attend campus.

Students in the second group (above) are only required to self-isolate for the first 14 days after they arrive in Australia. They are able to continue with academic studies in settings that are not high risk.

We have advised our placement partners of these arrangements.

What if a student or colleague has cold or flu symptoms?

Be mindful that various conditions can produce cold or flu-like symptoms. People can have normal cold and flu viruses at any time, and we are moving closer to the Australian flu season. 

Staff might reasonably check on the welfare of a student or colleague and ensure that they are aware of the latest health advice.

Importantly, if you feel unwell and have the onset of any cold or flu-like symptoms, it is important for both you and your colleagues to stay at home to recover, using UQ’s sick leave provisions.

I'm immunocompromised or pregnant - should I be worried about COVID-19?

The risk of acquiring COVID-19 is negligible in Australia. All current cases in Australia are understood to have been acquired overseas.

If you are immunocompromised or pregnant, normal workplace procedures should apply. These procedures include a risk assessment considering advice from your medical practitioner with respect to your specific condition and role, taking precautions regarding healthy hygiene practices, not sharing items such as keyboards, pens, staplers, mouse etc., and ensuring that if you feel unwell you should stay at home to recover.  No additional precautions are required. 

I am travelling internationally (but not to China) for work. What do I need to consider in order to protect my health?

Seek advice from the UQ Travel web site, and particularly, UQ Travel’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) update page

All UQ travellers must register their travel with International SOS and provide their correct contact details while travelling (email and mobile phone contact).  Due to the spread of COVID-19, all international travellers should review the Australian Government’s Smart Traveller website for country specific information prior to travel and comply with any additional entry requirements. Travellers should also allow for travel disruptions/delays at airports due to additional screening measures.

The ISOS coronavirus web site has specific information for travellers including recommended hygiene measures, including advice on wearing face masks.

Does the annual flu vaccine protect you against COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

No. Vaccines for the flu do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are currently working to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

Although the annual flu vaccine is not effective against COVID-19, participation in the annual vaccination program is highly recommended to protect your health and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the free flu vaccination available at UQ this year.