Health and wellbeing

While you're studying at Deakin, we want to ensure your health and wellbeing so that you can succeed in your studies and make the most of university life. We have a range of services to help students and staff stay healthy and safe – physically, mentally and spiritually.

Medical centres

Students and staff at each of our campuses have access to an onsite accredited medical centre, with male and female doctors offering respectful and professional care. Our medical centres offer all the services you'd expect from a doctor's surgery, including:

  • managing and treating general illness
  • mental health treatment, referral and management
  • physiotherapy
  • preventative health checks
  • vaccinations, including seasonal and travel
  • health coaching
  • women's health (including unplanned pregnancy counselling and referral)
  • blood, urine and other pathology tests
  • specialist referrals.

Student consultations are free (bulk-billed) through Medicare or a valid Overseas Student Health Cover. Fees apply for procedures, vaccinations and equipment hire, such as crutches.

Your medical information will always stay confidential. Deakin University manages personal and health information in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and Victorian Health Records Act 2001.

Find out more about our medical centres on the student website

Counselling for students

If you’d like to talk to someone, help is at hand. Our counsellors are registered psychologists and social workers who have extensive experience working with students with mental health issues. Their focus is on helping you to find solutions or better manage the challenges you’re experiencing. Common issues range from adjustment stress to anxiety and depression.

The service is free and confidential. Sessions can be face to face or over the phone. Counsellors can refer you to another healthcare professional if you need longer-term or specialist help.

We also offer a free online service called Ask Counselling. Students can submit questions and receive an answer from a Deakin counsellor within 72 hours, or you can browse by topic and see answers to previously asked questions.

Find out more about counselling services on the student website

Multifaith chaplaincy

We have a strong culture of inclusion at Deakin and we welcome people from every religion. On each campus you’ll find a dedicated space for prayer or reflection and chaplains of different faiths to chat to.

More information is available on Deakin's current student website.

Find out more about multifaith rooms on the student website

Disability support services

Deakin's Disability Resource Centre (DRC) promotes inclusion and access, and provides services for students when the impacts of a disability, health or mental health condition affects their study and participation in university life.

If you are a student with a temporary or permanent disability, health or mental health condition, or have a carer responsibility, the DRC staff are available to meet with you to discuss the support you may need for your study. Together with a Disability Liaison Officer, we will work with you to identify any adjustments, services and recommendations that will assist the University to meet your study needs.

Find out more about disability support on the student website

Safety and security

The safety of all our students, staff and visitors is paramount to us. We have around-the-clock, on-campus security services to ensure you always get the assistance you need, when you need it.

Find out more about safety and security

Child care

On-campus child care means you can get to every lecture on time (even those early morning ones). You don’t have to be a student or staff member to access on-campus child care. Children from the local area are welcome at our centres too; however, waiting lists apply. If you can, we recommend registering your child 12 months in advance.

Find out more about child care

Parent rooms

Every Deakin campus has a dedicated room where you can change your baby's nappy, heat up milk or breastfeed in a comfy chair. We also have baby change facilities in designated toilets on each campus.

Our parent rooms feature everything you'll need. This includes a:

  • comfortable chair close to a table and power point for breastfeeding equipment.
  • sink, microwave and fridge (in the room or close by)
  • lockable door.

You can find our parent rooms in the following locations.

Melbourne Burwood

Find us

  • Building BC – near the lifts
  • Building P, Room 114

Parking

If you're driving to campus with your child, we suggest that you use the carpool area in car park 6, level 2 as there are no stairs there if you need to navigate with a pram.

Geelong Waurn Ponds

Find us

Building JB, Room 1.216 (downstairs near DUSA)

Geelong Waterfront

Find us

Building D, Level 1.203.02 (near DUSA office)

Access

When not in use, the door to the Geelong Waterfront parent room is generally kept open. If you require private access to the room for breastfeeding, please alert staff at the DUSA reception desk nearby so the door can be locked.

Warrnambool

Find us

  • Building G, Women's Room (G1.02)
  • Building A, Room 2.20

Safety and security

The safety of all our students, staff and visitors is paramount to us. We have around-the-clock, on-campus security services to ensure you always get the assistance you need, when you need it.

Find out more about safety and security

Child care

On-campus child care means you can get to every lecture on time (even those early morning ones). You don’t have to be a student or staff member to access on-campus child care. Children from the local area are welcome at our centres too; however, waiting lists apply. If you can, we recommend registering your child 12 months in advance.

Find out more about child care at Deakin