Need a doctor or other health and wellbeing support? Here’s where to go in T1, 2023
As we dive into Trimester 1, it’s important that you know about the student health and wellbeing services that are available, both on campus and online. Feeling your best is the first step towards academic success, so please reach out for support if you ever feel sick, overwhelmed, excluded, lonely, unsure or worried.
See a doctor or nurse
Deakin Medical Centres offer all the services of a community medical centre. We have both male and female doctors, as well as nurses, to help with your physical and mental wellbeing. You can also get your course-related, travel and seasonal influenza vaccinations.
Your confidential appointment will be bulk billed if you have a Medicare card or Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), so you generally won’t have to pay anything (exceptions apply to private vaccines and some procedure fees).
Book online or call 9244 5577 to make an appointment. If you have a quick question about your health, you can also email [email protected].
During your appointment you must wear a face mask. Please do NOT attend if you’re not feeling well.
Visit the on-campus physiotherapist (Burwood only)
Physiotherapists Sophie Parrôt and Ami Nishikawa from Hartwell Physiotherapy provide on-campus physio and massage services at Burwood on Wednesdays and Fridays. You’ll receive a 10% discount on any treatment and private health insurance extras rebates apply.
Book an appointment with Sophie or Ami today, or call 9244 5577. If you can’t find a suitable time on campus, you can also book an appointment at Hartwell Physiotherapy in Camberwell, which is just a short tram ride from Burwood – you’ll still get the student discount!
Talk to a professional counsellor
Don’t let uni or your personal life become overwhelming. If you’re having emotional or mental health issues, or if you just need to talk to someone, our Counselling and Psychological Support team offers free and confidential support to Deakin students located in Australia. This service is safe, respectful and inclusive.
We also have some specialist counsellors available for particular students – just select your relevant cohort when you book:
- First Nations students can see Kate Towart, Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Counsellor
- School of Medicine students can see Jacqueline Payne, SoM Counsellor
- School of Nursing and Midwifery students can see Tracey Johnston-Hoad, SoNM Counsellor.
If you’re based overseas, you can access 24/7 free and confidential support in your local area.
Not ready to talk one-on-one? Ask Counselling is a collection of anonymous student questions that have been answered by Deakin counsellors. Search by topic or submit your own question for a tailored reply.
Get disability support
If disability, or a health or mental health condition, may affect your study experience, the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) can help. The DRC supports the University community to be more inclusive and provide necessary adjustments.
When you register with the DRC, you’ll be assigned a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO), who will help you access the services appropriate to your disability or condition. You might also receive a Learning Access Plan (LAP), which is designed to minimise any educational disadvantage.
Chat to a multifaith chaplain
Whether or not you practise a religion, our multifaith chaplains offer guidance and a space for reflection. From support in times of grief or loss to non-judgmental advice about any kind of problem, you’ll find a warm welcome.
Seek support for threatening behaviour
We want everyone to feel safe, respected and included while they’re at Deakin. Safer Community is a University-wide service that aims to keep our community safe. Contact us to:
- report or make a disclosure of sexual harm (no matter when or where it happened)
- report family violence
- report problem behaviour that makes you or others feel unsafe
- access support.
All assistance is confidential (unless required by law). You’ll safely be able to talk about your concerns, and may receive personal safety advice, intervention guidance and support, and referral information.
Take control with DeakinWELLBEING
The DeakinWELLBEING app is your free one-stop-shop for all things health – both physical and mental. Based on the five ways to build wellbeing – connecting, being active, taking notice, keep learning and giving – the app makes it easy to find balance and develop healthy habits.
The interactive, fun and bite-sized activities, resources and information enable you to take small steps every day to build positive habits, coping skills and resilience.
Still not sure where to go?
Just contact Student Central, who can direct you to services right across the University.