Australia Awards promotes equal access and opportunities for all applicants, including those living with HIV and chronic conditions. A non-discrimination policy ensures that individuals’ rights to privacy are respected.
Australia Awards scholars need to consider and plan how to self-manage their condition while in Australia. Individuals who have disclosed their condition are advised of options to consider while in Australia (such as how they can access a consistent supply of medication and treatment). The program offers advice and support but does not fund medication nor surgical interventions.
The Overseas Student Health Cover (the student health cover for all scholars) usually has a waiting period during which pre-existing medical conditions are not covered. A pre-existing condition is any personal illness or health condition that is known and existed prior to accepting the offer for an Australia Award. This is usually a chronic illness (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression), injury or pregnancy.