The Disability Advisors provide a free, confidential service for enrolled students who have a disability and are the first point of contact for information regarding assistance. 'Disability' refers to any impairment, disability or medical condition that inhibits a student's access to education.
The Disability Advisors coordinate specific services that allow students with disabilities to access university study and can provide advocacy on behalf of individual students or on disability issues that affect a number of students.
Appointments are from 10.00am - 3.30pm, Monday - Friday, but other times can be arranged if this is not convenient. Appointments are essential as the Disability Advisors are often out of the office.
Contact a Disability Advisor
Phone: 8201 2118
Appointments are available at:
- Main campus (Monday to Friday)
- Sturt campus (Tuesday afternoon)
- Tonsley campus (Tuesday afternoon)
Student Disability Service at Flinders
Students and staff describe the services of the Disability Service and how it can assist students with their studies.
Who we are ...
- Paula Williams, B AppSc (Disability), Grad Dip (Counselling)
Disability Advisor (Tues, Wed, Thur)
- Toni Crisci, BA BSW
Disability Advisor (Mon, Tues, Wed)
- Kirsten Read, B AppSc (Occupational Therapy)
Disability Advisor (Tues, Thur, Fri)
- Christine Crichton
Disability support, Reception and administration
- Rhonda Menton
Reception and administration
Faculty Disability Academic Advisors
Each Faculty appoints a member of academic staff as a Faculty Disability Academic Advisor. FDAAs act as a point of contact and information for students with disabilities and for academic staff who need to clarify issues relating to reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
- Education, Humanities and Law: Ms Jenny Richards 8201 5976, Dr Julie McMillan 8201 5748
- School of Health Sciences: Dr Pammi Raghavendra 8201 3426
- School of Nursing & Midwifery: Ms Didy Button 8201 3312
- School of Medicine: Prof Hugh Grantham 8201 7914
- Social & Behavioural Sciences: Assoc Prof Janet McIntyre 8201 2075
- Science and Engineering: Mr David Hobbs 8201 3167, Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen 8201 3730
Library Contact Officer
Ms Miranda Morfey: 8201 7908. See the Library Services for Students with Disabilities web page for further information.
Equal Opportunity Contact Officers
Information about the Equal Opportunity Contact Officer network is available on the contact officers page at the Equal Opportunity website. The EOU is responsible for policy development and advice on matters relating to women, people with disabilities, and race issues and handles queries relating to discrimination and harassment.
Flinders has a Disability Policy and has developed a Disability Action Plan to ensure appropriate infrastructures are established and maintained within the University. The implementation of the policy is overseen by the Disability Committee .
Disability parking bays are available in all car parks. An Australian Disability Permit is required to park in these areas. People who have a short-term disability can apply for a non-renewable three month University permit through the University Health Service. Written evidence from a treating medical professional is required. These permits are only valid when displayed with an annual, semester or day permit.
Students who wish to apply for adjustments to teaching or assessment methods on the basis of a disability should see the Guidelines for Reasonable Adjustment to Assessment and Teaching Methods for Students with Disabilities which are included in the Student Related Policies and Procedures Manual.
'Reasonable adjustment to assessment' refers to special conditions or considerations in examinations and other assessment exercises.
'Reasonable adjustment to teaching methods' refers to variations in the way courses/topics are taught in order that they are accessible to students with disabilities.
How do I apply?
Make an appointment to see a Disability Advisor (phone 8201 2118), and bring documentation of your disability to the appointment (this is required under University policy).
Documentation can be a letter from your treating professional, or you can use the Disability Verification Form 2015 (DOC 596KB) . If you have a Specific Learning Disability you need to provide the report from the psychologist who did the assessment, and it must be from when you were at least sixteen years old. Your information remains confidential within the Health, Counselling and Disability Services.
The Disability Advisor can write an Access Plan that makes recommendations (to lecturers, Exams Office, etc) about how your disability may need to be accommodated (your disability is not disclosed in the Access Plan). Any strategies we suggest will be governed by the inherent requirements of the course you are studying.
Students may find it useful to discuss their needs with a Disability Advisor before approaching academic staff. Students who are dissatisfied with a response from a topic coordinator or with provisions made for reasonable adjustments to assessment should follow the procedures detailed in the University's Student Appeals and Complaints Policy .
If you require adjustment to examination arrangements, your application must reach the Examinations Office by the advertised date, which is usually 4-5 weeks before the examinations period begins. Applications made after this date cannot usually be accepted. The Examinations Office will inform you of what arrangements have been made before the examinations period.