What is a Medical Condition?

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Students with Medical Conditions - A Guide for Staff


Did you know? 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women in Australia will be directly affected by cancer in the first 75 years of life.

There are various medical conditions that may impact on a student’s University study. Some examples of medical conditions include; asthma, diabetes, kidney disorders, cystic fibrosis, back injury, cancer, hepatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and HIV/AIDS.

Whilst some medical conditions are chronic, others, such as CFS, for example, may last for periods ranging from a few months to several years. As the conditions vary, the support that students may need to change.

Some examples of medical conditions and common problems encountered in the learning environment are listed below.

Common Conditions



  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)

The HIV/AIDS virus destroys the body’s immune system leaving the person vulnerable to infections and cancers.

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  • Cancer

Cancer can occur in almost any organ system and its symptoms and impacts may vary greatly.

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  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

CFS is a chronic condition characterised by exhaustion and may last months or even years. Symptoms may vary in severity from day to day, or hour to hour.

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  • Diabetes

Diabetes is characterised by excess glucose (sugar) in the blood because the body is unable to regulate the release of insulin. Insulin is the hormone which normally regulates the blood glucose levels within the body.

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