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Resources online that can help with:

  • getting things done
  • staying calm
  • staying connected
  • feeling good.

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Speak with a CDU counsellor - if you're a currently enrolled CDU students, you can book a confidential and free-of-charge session to discuss anything that may be affecting your wellbeing.

Out-of-hours telephone crisis support

T: 1300 933 393

At times, we all experience personal difficulties that may cause disruption and confusion in our lives. Study usually involves a significant commitment of time and effort.  It requires a disciplined routine in order to achieve academic success. Unfortunately, sometimes 'other matters' may intrude and, in such circumstances, it can be helpful to talk with a Counsellor.

The CDU Counselling Service aims to assist CDU students who may be experiencing personal difficulties that are distressing and having a negative impact on their studies.

There is one full-time Counsellor located on the Casuarina campus. For students who study at either CDU Sydney, CDU Melbourne or externally, the Counsellors are available for contact by telephone. There is no cost to CDU students for this service.

The counselling provided by CDU is undertaken by Social Workers or Psychologists with a counselling and mental health sub-speciality and who are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) or are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).

Different counsellors may utilise a variety of counselling models.

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Students can access counselling by making an appointment through Equity Services.

T: 08 8946 6288

Office Hours:
8.30am - 4.00pm (Monday - Thursday)
8.30am - 3.00pm (Friday)

Please provide your name, student number and contact phone number when requesting an appointment.

Appointments are usually a maximum of one hour duration. Generally, students attend the Counselling Service for short-term rather than ongoing counselling.

If the matter is urgent, please advise Reception staff so that every effort can be made to provide you with an appointment as soon as possible.


Casuarina campus
Equity Services
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You can also make a booking online by selecting the button to the right.

Counselling is commonly understood as ‘talk therapy.’ It is a reflective process of personal disclosure by you with the support of your Counsellor that involves talking, listening and action. The Counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and identify your concerns and, together, develop strategies to help resolve those concerns.

To help benefit from counselling:

  • Prepare for your session – for example, writing down your questions or concerns often helps;
  • There are generally no ‘quick fixes,’ so give yourself plenty of time;
  • Actively ‘participate’ and be as specific and ‘open’ as feels comfortable;
  • Review your progress regularly;
  • Engage with the process by undertaking any suggested goals and tasks.

Counselling involves discussing personal issues that interfere with the achievement of your academic goals, such as:

  • Anxiety;
  • Grief, bereavement and loss;
  • Depression and other mental health issues;
  • Personal and family difficulties;
  • Relationship problems;
  • Self-esteem, confidence and motivation;
  • Situational stress; and
  • Trauma;

Counselling is a collaborative process whereby you are encouraged and assisted to resolve issues and gain problem-solving skills.

The Counselling Services are strictly confidential. A qualified Counsellor is ethically bound by a Professional Code of Conduct as well as the University's Privacy Policy that ensures no personal information will be released to another party without the student's (client's) consent.

Where possible, consent is obtained in writing and outlines the conditions, circumstances and details regarding the release of information.

However, it should be noted that, where the following circumstances arise, the Counsellor is legally and ethically obligated to disclose pertinent information regarding a student to a third party, even if the student has not provided formal consent.

  • When the counsellor makes a professional judgement that you and/or someone else may be at risk of harm;
  • When the matter involves domestic violence - it is mandatory to report domestic violence if there is a risk of imminent harm;
  • Where there may be sexual abuse/assault of a minor; and
  • Where a court of law subpoenas the counsellor to disclose information.

The following local medical practices are reasonably accessible by students from the Casuarina University campus using public transport:

CDU Medical Centre
Lakeside Drive, Casuarina
T: 08 8901 8800

Casuarina Family Practice

Shop 200 Casuarina Shopping Square 

247 Trower Road, Casuarina
T: 8927 7588
NB - the above Practice also has an arrangement to cater for CDU’s International students offered through OSHC Worldwide Direct Billing Services.

Night & Day Medical & Dental Surgery
Shop 31 Casuarina Shopping Centre, 
T: 8927 1899

Vanderlin Drive Surgery 

38 Vanderlin Drive, Casuarina
T: 8945 5888

Palmerston Medical Clinic
6 Maluka Street, Palmerston
T: 8932 5100
NB – Bulk billing and after-hours access

Reception - Equity Services

Administrative Officer
T: 08 8946 6288
F: 08 8946 6654

Student Counselling

Jean Packham
Counsellor, Casuarina campus
T: 08 8946 6288
Casuarina Campus
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Out-of-hours telephone crisis support

T: 1300 93 33 93