Good physical and mental health can help you achieve better academic results and will help you manage – and even enjoy! - the many facets of student life. UON has a variety of services to support your health and wellbeing while you are a student with us. Many of them are free or discounted for students.
Student Central’s Student Advisors provide support and advice throughout your studies. They can help you access any of our support services that you might need. They can also work with you to create an individualised plan aimed at helping you succeed in your studies, provide direction on your enrolment, and will check in with you to ensure you’re staying on track for success.
If you require medical attention, the University has on-campus medical centres, a pharmacy, oral health clinic and more than 100 qualified first aid officers. To find out how to access these services – many of which are provided free of charge – head to the University’s health services page.
Your mental health should always be a priority, so the University provides free and confidential counselling for personal or study-related issues. You can also access drop-in sessions via Skype messaging – no appointment is necessary. Counselling also provides a range of resources and tip sheets that you can access 24/7.
Gyms and sporting facilities
The University has excellent gyms and sporting facilities at both our Callaghan and City campuses in Newcastle, as well as on the Central Coast, with discount memberships for students. There is also a free 5km parkrun at Callaghan every Saturday.
If you live with disability or have an injury or a health condition (permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating) that may affect your ability to study, register with AccessAbility for free, confidential advice. Find out more about the services provided by AccessAbility.
The University chaplains are experienced, credentialed religious workers who are authorised by their faith tradition to provide support and guidance. You do not need to be part of a religious group to receive support from the chaplains or access their multi-faith prayer and reflection facilities.
The University has an ALLY network comprising of students and staff. The ALLY network raises awareness of challenges faced for members of our university community who are diverse in sexuality, gender, and/or sex characteristics (LGBTIQA+), and promotes a welcoming, diverse and inclusive culture at UON.
NUSA also has a support network and a dedicated safe space for queer identifying students.
Equity and diversity
The Equity and Diversity Coordinator provides support and advice to students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.