Can I still get an appointment with the University counsellors?
Yes. The University counselling service continues to offer free and confidential sessions for students experiencing challenges, including anxiety and stress around the COVID-19 outbreak. During the outbreak, counselling sessions are being primarily offered by phone or if necessary Skype. Book your appointment at the Counselling service's page.
I’m struggling with my studies and need an extension. What can I do?
We understand that there have been significant changes and challenges to your studies as a result of the impact of COVID-19. There are a range of supports you can access to assist you with Special Consideration.
There are discretionary extensions of up to 5 days that you can apply for without a medical certificate or similar.
In addition to this there is General Special Consideration which enables you to discuss your needs with a counsellor to determine what support you may need.
We also have exam related special consideration. To find out more please visit the Special Consideration page.
What support is available for University staff?
Staff are able to access free and confidential counselling services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Visit the EAP page to find out more or book an appointment.
How can I look after my mental health?
For guidance on caring for your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak, we recommend the quality resources recently made available by:
- Beyond Blue: Looking after your mental health during the outbreak
- Headspace: How to cope with stress related to COVID-19
- Lifeline: Mental health and well-being during the outbreak
The ABC have a great article on looking after your mental health while working from home, and we also recommend Psychology Tools' article on living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty.