Health

What
Students’ health problems differ from the rest of the population. Among other issues, students are at a higher risk for psychological problems. This is why it’s so important to have students’ health as its own category.

As of today SiA’s health-related offers are financed largely by the semester fee. The student’s welfare organizations differ from other private health actors by having a goal of offering a whole and adapted offer for the students as a societal group, and not necessarily being an active competitor. The health work SiA does is detrimental for the student population in Agder. This work should be acknowledged and we hope the counties will support this even more.

SiA has a goal of being a complete health service provider for their students, and this also includes dental health. The Welfare Council wants to work more on the dental health offer.
International students do not have the same rights when it comes to health offers that Norwegian students have. This makes for a sense of unsafety in their everyday lives. It’s important that SiA works for a complete offer also for the international students, especially until the state/county can offer a proper solution.

As a student, you often have two homes – one in the city you’re studying in, and one where you grew up. The Welfare Council in Agder therefore wants students to have two general practitioners – one where they’re studying and one at home. This of course would include it being easier to transfer medical journals between the two doctors, so that both would be completely updated at any time.

After the results of the students’ health and welfare survey (Shot), the Welfare Council wants to work with student’s health, both physical and mental, and social offers and activities.

Students can’t get to their place of education when they have limited mobility because of injuries and need financial aid for transport.

Why
SiA Health specializes in student’s health and will therefore often be the best alternative the student has. They are especially solid when it comes to “typical” physical conditions, and despite this being a short-term offer, it will be enough for a lot of students.

We don’t think that the students at the different universities are aware of the health offers from SiA Health.

For traveling students, it can be difficult to decide where they want their general practitioner to be, and that choice can be detrimental to the student’s health.

When students injure themselves in a way that makes them unable to travel to their university, a lot will choose to drop out of lectures. This is why it’s important for SiA to cover partly, or all, of the taxi fee.

How can we contribute

  • VT-AU should work closely with politicians and SiA to find solutions for the bigger financial issues. Working on SiA’s priorities.
  • Inform students about free psychology appointments from ages 16 and up.
  • The Welfare Council wants to take the results from the ShOT survey into consideration and do concrete actions based on the available funds.
  • Alcohol-free social events to work as a meeting ground for students.
  • These social events will have as a goal to encourage meeting new people and increase a feeling of safety in social situations for the students.
  • Work with SiA to get taxi refunds because of poor health in the health fund.
  • Better and more available information about SiA’s health offers.