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29 January 2020

Coronavirus update for Deakin’s students and staff

PLEASE NOTE: For the most current information on Deakin’s response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak please read Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs.


**UPDATED, 4.45pm Thursday 30 January

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has updated its advice. Please refer to the FAQ ‘Can I attend the University?’.


Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin, yesterday released a statement about the ongoing coronavirus situation.

‘Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. We have a response team in place and the University is communicating with our people as information comes to hand,’ said Professor Martin.

‘As always, the safety of our people and community is the top priority and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.’

How can Deakin help you if your studies have been impacted?

Professor Martin has advised students impacted by the coronavirus outbreak to contact Student Central in the first instance for advice and support.

Please see our Coronavirus FAQs for more information about how Deakin can help you if your studies have been affected by the coronavirus situation. These FAQs will be updated as necessary once more information comes to hand. 

What to do if you are feeling unwell and could have been exposed to the outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, do not attend a Deakin Medical Centre, but visit your local doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. Phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and travel history.

There are several ways to help prevent the spread of infection:

What do I need to know at this stage?

At the time of publishing, Australia has five confirmed cases of coronavirus and health experts are exploring preventative measures to contain the spread of infection.

‘Deakin remains in close contact with the relevant authorities and is ready to take the appropriate measures as required. For now, the University continues to operate as usual,’ said Professor Martin.

‘The University will continue to update its community as necessary in the days and weeks ahead.’

Read Professor Martin’s full statement on the Current Students website.

Staying up to date

The University will continue to update our community as necessary in the days and weeks ahead.

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