The University provides a free and confidential counselling service which is available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Our counsellors have qualifications in psychology and social work and are highly experienced.

The counsellors have background experience in a broad range of areas including mental health, education, cross cultural counselling, disability, sexual diversity, drugs and alcohol, trauma, sexual assault and family and relationship issues.

You can make an appointment by ringing 82012118 during normal business hours. Demand for counselling is high during semesters, and there is usually a waiting time for an initial appointment.  New students will be required to register with the Counselling Service in the first instance and will be contacted by a Counsellor by phone initially.  You may also choose to contact a counsellor via email at:

Counselling locations

Main campus - Monday to Friday, 8:45am to 5:00pm

Sturt campus - Tuesday and Wednesdays, 9:30am to 5:00pm

Tonsley campus - Thursdays, 9:30am to 5:00pm


Free confidential counselling for medical students

Dr Susan O'Brien has worked as a GP and family therapist. She is not involved in teaching or course assessment.

A weekly session is available on Tuesday afternoons between 1pm and 5pm in Flinders Medical Centre. Appointments of up to one hour can be made by phoning the Health, Counselling and Disability Service on 82012118. When booking this session, say that you are a medical student and the receptionist will give you directions to the counselling location.

Counselling of couples is also available.

Students from remote locations may call 82012118 to book a Tuesday afternoon phone consult. Provide your number and Dr O'Brien will call you back at the appointed time.

Student counselling service at Flinders

Our counsellors are have qualifications in psychology and social work and are highly experienced. See how the free counselling service provided at Flinders University can assist students.

Who are we ... 

  • Jodie Zada, BSocWk(Hons)
    Head of Counselling Service and Counsellor
  • Anne Hayes, BA (Hons) DipEd M Psych(Ed) MAPS
    Counsellor/Student Equal Opportunity Advisor
  • Narelle Lieschke, BSW
  • Roei Plaves, B.Psych (hons), M. Psych (Clin)
  • Andrea Rohde, BA (Hons) BSW MBus (Admin Mgt) Grad Cert Mediat
  • Ben Smith, BA, BSW
  • Nicola Williams, BSW, BSocSci (CommServ)
  • Christine Crichton
    Reception and administration
  • Rhonda Menton
    Reception and administration
  • Denise Cole
    Reception and administration

What is counselling?
Why do students come to counselling?
Need help now?
Other services?
Want to know more?

What is counselling?

Counselling is a collaborative process where the counsellor and student work together to understand and resolve an issue that is causing concern. The counsellor acts as a facilitator in this confidential process, and has a range of resources to assist students.

Why do students come for counselling?

Students attend for a number of different reasons, including:

Academic issues

  • time management / procrastination
  • exam anxiety
  • presentation anxiety
  • support for extensions and supplementary examination applications
  • assistance with retrospective withdrawal and HECS remission applications
  • academic planning
  • disability accommodations.

Personal issues

  • Relationship breakups
  • Low self-confidence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Problem solving / decision making
  • Managing a crisis 
  • Bullying

Need help now?

If you feel you are in immediate physical danger, telephone:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Services (police, ambulance, fire) – 000
  • Police non-urgent contact number – 13 14 44
  • Campus security – extension 12880

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, telephone:

  • 24 hour Mental Health Triage Service - 131 465

Other services

  • Lifeline (24 hours): 13 11 14
    Telephone crisis counselling and support
  • Crisis Care (4pm-9am): 13 16 11
    Telephone crisis counselling and support
  • Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours): 1800 800 098
    Telephone counselling for victims of DV and people who commit DV
  • Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service: 8226 8787 (24 hours); 1800 817 421 (toll free)
    Information and support service for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (24 hours): 1300 13 13 40
    Telephone information, counselling and referral service for anyone concerned about drug or alcohol use
  • Youth Healthline: 1300 13 17 19; 8303 1691 (mobile ph callers - standard rates apply)
    Telephone counselling, support and information for young people aged 12-25
  • Mensline (24 hours): 1300 78 99 78
    Telephone support, information and referral service helping men deal with relationship problems
  • Women's Information Service: 8303 0590; 1800 188 158
    Office hours information and referral service for all women in South Australia

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about a particular problem or concern, you may find information on our self-help pages or on one of the web sites listed on our useful links page.