Health wellbeing and safety
- Laboratory Safety
Students contemplating any lab-based research involving hazardous chemicals, radiation or biohazards, will need to consult Deakin OHS manual and the Office of Research Integrity for safety information.
- Medical centres
Deakin Medical Centres offer access to on-campus medical and health-related services, provided by qualified doctors and nurses. Consultations for students are free with a valid Medicare or Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card. Confidentiality and a non-judgemental approach to your health care are assured.
Services include health care management and advice relating to a wide range of issues including sexual health, mental health management and referral, stress management, men and women health, pregnancy advice and referral, STI testing, travel health and vaccinations, seasonal flu vaccinations, dietary advice, smoking cessation support, pathology services, physiotherapy and massage services on site, referral to external healthcare providers including specialists, x-ray services and allied health providers.
After hours services
For emergency treatment for serious medical issues, dial 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Please be aware of costs associated with ambulance transport and know where the public and private hospitals are located in your area.
If you require a doctor or emergency medical treatment in your local area after hours, please refer to the Yellow Pages directory and search under medical practitioners or hospitals.
Private hospitals may charge a fee for consultation in the emergency department. Please be aware that after hours medical services have fees. Enquire at the time of calling.
Sick bayFind out more at DeakinSync under Health & wellbeingor go directly to the medical centres website.
A sick bay/rest room is available at the Deakin Medical Centre on each campus. If you are registered with the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) you are welcome to use the facility unless the room is required for a medical emergency. Contact Student Life reception for availability and access details.
- Mental health
Mental health can be defined as state of psychological, social and physical well-being. Find out information on mental health and where to get help if you are struggling from our mental health website.
- Religion (multifaith)
Deakin University chaplains and religious facilities are available on all campuses. You do not need to belong to any religious faith in order to use the chaplaincy services. Deakin multifaith chaplains can offer you a range of services including the chance to discuss and explore religion and faith, opportunities for prayer, reflection and worship, support during times of personal need, information about religious events and promotion of multifaith harmony and acceptance.Find out more at DeakinSync under Health & wellbeingor go directly to Multifaith Chaplains.
- Safety on campus
Deakin aims to provide safe and secure campus experience.To find out more, visit safety and security website.
SafeZone is a free app for all Deakin University students that connects you directly to the Security team when you need help on campus. The app makes it easier for you to contact Security and helps them to respond if you need assistance, by sending your name and location directly to the response team.By installing the SafeZone app (available on Apple and Android devices) and registering as a user, you will also receive any critical notifications from the University. Deakin University encourages students to register for SafeZone on their mobile device.
Deakin Security Services are committed to making our campuses safe and welcoming environments for students, staff and visitors 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
Deakin Security Services are here to help - call them on 1800 062 579 or call triple 000 to contact emergency services directly.To find out more, visit our safety and security website.
- Baby change facilities
Baby change facilities are available in the following accessible locations:
MELBOURNE BURWOOD CAMPUS
Building P, Room 114
GEELONG WAURN PONDS CAMPUS
Building JB, Level 3
GEELONG WATERFRONT CAMPUS
Building D, Level 1.203.07
Building G, Women's Room (G1.02)
- Showers/Change Rooms
MELBOURNE BURWOOD CAMPUS
Building HB, Level 1
Building B, Level 1 (access from Phoenix Courtyard between Buildings B, J and P)
GEELONG WAURN PONDS CAMPUSGEELONG WATERFRONT CAMPUS
Building DA (KD Stewart Centre)
Building JB, Level 1 and 3
Building KA, Level 2
Building D, Level 1
- Sick bay
A sick bay is available at the Deakin Medical Centre on all campuses.
Deakin is Smoke Free. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on Deakin University property. Once outside the boundaries of University controlled properties, smoking and use of tobacco products is subject to local laws.
Smokers on the University boundaries are required to dispose of their butt litter according to local laws.As a student at Deakin University you are supported in this move to smoke-free campuses with free cessation services at your campus medical centre. You can also visit I want to quit or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.
- Sport and recreation
Deakin has a range of sport and recreation opportunities available that promote healthy and active lifestyles.
Deakin Fitness Clubs have highly experienced fitness professionals who can design a personal program for you and assist you with any fitness questions you may have. Fitness Club memberships are competitively priced and allow you to use the Deakin Fitness Club on your campus. Deakin Fitness delivers a range of classes, programs and sporting competitions that encourage active participation.
Deakin's Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) membership
Deakin is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network. The network consists of the Australian Institute of Sport and State Based Institute of Sport and five professional sports. Deakin has signed an agreement with the Australian Sports Commission to support the integration of Australian elite athletes sporting and academic aspirations. Deakin, as one of Australia's foremost sport universities, is dedicated to supporting elite athletes in their quest to integrate academic success with the demands of training and competition. The agreement can allow some flexibility for athletes whilst studying at Deakin. The EAFU agreement provides a specific definition of an elite athlete. Financial support may also be available through DUSA via the Elite Athlete Grant program. Further information is available on the Deakin Spirit website.
Deakin University Student Association
Deakin has a number of sporting competitions at our sports halls or you can join a club through Deakin University Student Association (DUSA). Deakin also participates in the Southern and Australian University Games (run through DUSA).
DUSA also offers a range of opportunities for members to take part in sport at different levels. In 2015 DUSA will be involved in a variety of sporting pursuits including Campus Sport, Community Sport and Australian and World University Championships.
T: 1300 555 528
Deakin is committed to sustainable initiatives and practices, and focus on our environmental, social and economic sustainability performance.Find out more at the Sustainability website.
Deakin Medical Centres on campus offer a range of course related vaccinations, a seasonal flu vaccination program and a comprehensive range of travel vaccinations. Find out more from our vaccinations website.
- Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counsellors provide professional, confidential and free counselling for students. All staff are qualified psychologists and social workers. Counselling can help you to adjust to life changes, manage your stress and personal crises, and help you to manage your mental health. The counselling team is focused on helping you maximise your academic success through the provision of resources, web-based services and one-on-one personal counselling. Personal counselling is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you are unable to come on campus for an appointment, telephone counselling is available. Call to make an appointment:
Melbourne Burwood Campus 03 9244 5577
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus 03 5227 1221
Geelong Waterfront Campus 03 5227 8400
Warrnambool Campus 03 5563 3256
If counselling support is needed outside these hours please contact Lifeline (13 11 14), Suicide Helpline (1300 651 251) or in emergencies contact 000.Find out more at DeakinSync under Health and wellbeing or go directly to the Health, wellbeing and safety website.
- Deakin legal service
Sort it! Deakin Legal Service for Students provides free and confidential legal advice, information, referral and education to currently enrolled Deakin students. Legal advice is provided by qualified lawyers.
Some of the legal matters that can be advised on include:Fines / Infringements Motor Vehicle accidents (not TAC)
Debt / Bills / Consumer problems including Scams Tenancy / Housing
Employment Law including Sexual Harassment and Bullying
Stalking & Family Violence
Minor Criminal Matters
- Deakins Elite Athlete Friendly University
Deakin is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network. The network consists of the Australian Institute of Sport and State Based Institute of Sport and five professional sports.
Deakin has signed an agreement with the Australian Sports Commission to support the integration of Australian elite athletes sporting and academic aspirations. Deakin, as one of Australia foremost sport universities, is dedicated to supporting elite athletes in their quest to integrate academic success with the demands of training and competition.
The agreement can allow some flexibility for athletes whilst studying at Deakin. The EAFU agreement provides a specific definition of an elite athlete. Financial support may also be available through DUSA via the Elite Athlete Grant program.Find out more on the Elite Athlete Friendly University program website.
- Disability Resource Centre
The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) provides individual support to students with a disability or health condition to successfully participate in their studies and university life. The centre promotes inclusive practices across the University and can arrange adjustments to suit your needs. These can include:
- alternative assessments/exam arrangements, such as extra writing time or rest breaks
- academic support workers, such as note-takers and sign interpreters.
T: 03 9244 6255Find out more at DeakinSync under Health & wellbeing or go directly to the Disability Support website.
Disability Resource Centre
Advocacy is support. Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) employs Advocacy Support Officers who are experienced in giving support and advice to students who need it. The advocacy service at DUSA can assist with any academic concerns, issues or questions, including:
- responding to allegations of academic misconduct and appeals
- show cause to a proposed restriction or exclusion
- special consideration and review of results applications
- anything that is impacting on a student's study
The Advocacy service is free and confidential to all Deakin students and remains independent from the University. Deakin imposes strict timelines for ALL academic issues, so it is vital that students contact DUSA as soon as possible in order for us to be able to help
T: 1300 555 528Find out more at DeakinSync under Help & feedback or go directly to the Advocacy website.
Deakin Security can be contacted on 1800 062 579 or call triple 000 to contact emergency services directly.To find out more, visit emergency information website.
- Equity and equal opportunity
The University provides programs to nurture the development of a University culture that values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion, so that students can reach your full potential and participate in all aspects of University life.Find out more at DeakinSync under Enrolment, fees & money/visas or go directly to Equity and Diversity.
See Safety on campus
- First Aid
Find information on our first aid and medical emergencies website.
- Health, wellbeing and safety
Deakin offers a range of services to help students and staff stay healthy, safe and promote personal wellbeing, physically, mentally and spiritually. Services include medical centres, multi-faith chaplains, counselling, disability support, safer community, physiotherapy, sport and recreation and student advocacy.Find out more at DeakinSync under health & wellbeing or go directly to the health and wellbeing, safety and security or occupational health and safety websites.
Course-related immunisations, as well as seasonal flu and travel immunisations, are available at Deakin Medical Centres on each campus.Find out more at DeakinSync under Health & wellbeing or go directly to Vaccinations website.