Resources for teachers and Careers Advisers

We’ve gathered together useful information to support Careers Advisers, teachers, head teachers and principals - all in the one place. This information will assist you in supporting students through high school and the transition to university.

Applying for university

The University of Newcastle offers many pathways and entry options to give students the best chance of getting into uni. Some relate to specific degrees, others include our free enabling pathway programs like Newstep, Open Foundation and Yapug.


Deciding on a career and then a degree can seem overwhelming when finishing high school. Below are some handy career finder tools to assist students when thinking about their future.

Student wellbeing

With the pressure of high school and thinking about the future it’s important to consider the wellbeing of students.

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you reach out and provide assistance to students.

With the pressure of high school and thinking about the future it’s important to consider the wellbeing of students.

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you reach out and provide assistance to students.



Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) exists to provide leadership in rural and remote mental health research and program delivery. CRRMH works closely with rural communities and our valued partners to provide evidence-based service design, delivery and education around the country.

Online Quiz – How are you going?

Developed by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health and ReachOut Australia, this quiz has been designed to track how a student is feeling and provides some steps to take if they need some additional advice or support.

Poster – How are you going?

Developed by the Centre for Rurual and Remote Mental Health and ReachOut Australia, this posterhas been designed to track how a student is feeling and provides some steps to take if they need some additional advice or support.

Act Belong Commit – School Resources

Act-Belong-Commit is a unique, evidence-based mental health promotion program applicable to the whole community. It was created in Western Australia and has now expanded to other states and globally.

Conversations Matter – resources for discussing suicide

A comprehensive guide to discussing suicide developed by the NSW Government, Hunter Institute of Mental Health and the Mental Health Commission of NSW.


We-Yarn is a culturally appropriate suicide prevention workshop for Aboriginal people. It was created in consultation with Aboriginal health and service providers, and the Aboriginal community in New England North West NSW.

We-Yarn is managed by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

ReachOut Australia – School Resources

ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people. Everything created is based on the latest evidence and designed with experts, and young people or their parents. Their digital self-help tools are trusted, relevant and easy to use.

Beyond Blue – Secondary Schools Program

Beyond Blue secondary school program for years 8–10 aims to equip students with the ability to deal with adverse events through the teaching of ‘life skills’ within a supportive and safe school environment.

Black Dog Institute – Community and Schools

The Black Dog Institute has a range of resources and presentations available to promote mental health awareness and education in schools and the community. This includes free school resources and presentations.

headspace Schools

headspace Schools is a national workforce that supports, engages and partners with education and health sectors across Australia, to build the mental health literacy and capacity of workforces. Resources available for educators include suicide prevention, suicide response and response to large scale incidences.

Orygen – Resources and Training

Orygen is a world leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. A key part of this is providing professionals with support to improve their capacity to help young people by developing new skills and keeping up to date with the latest evidence.

Orygen provides resources, webinars, face-to-face training and online training modules.

The Butterfly Foundation – Foundation for Eating Disorders – Learning, Development and Training

Butterfly have created workshops, presentations and resources for young people, professionals and parents address the factors influencing negative body image, disordered eating and the development of eating disorders.

Butterfly Education includes:

  • School workshops and presentations for Year 3 - 12
  • Training for professionals and teachers working with young people
  • Workshops for parents
  • Whole school and community programs

Mental Health First Aid

Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.

    NUPrep courses

    NUPrep offers FREE academic preparation and support for all University of Newcastle students in the weeks leading up to each Semester. Each course is not designed to replace completing assumed or recommended studies at high school, but to 'top up' subject knowledge and introduce skills needed to commence tertiary study. There are two NUPrep options to help students transition to uni:

    15 hours on average per course
    free For all students
    Improve your success rate
    Online courses

    The University of Newcastle offers five short courses that are interactive, free and open to everyone whatever your age or level of education. The courses are flexible so you can complete them in your own time, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. All you need is internet access and a computer or laptop.

    Click on the courses below to find out more:

    Learn more about NUPrep

    The University of Newcastle Experience

    Book a campus tour

    A campus tour can give students a taste of what studying at the University of Newcastle is really like. Tours are led by our Student Ambassadors – current students at the University. Depending on interests and availability, tours can include lecture theatres, the library and Student Hubs.

    A tour takes approximately two hours and includes a short presentation about the University. Tours are conducted between March to early December for school groups and are subject to availability.

    For more information or to book a tour for your school, contact

    Subject specific talks, tours and activities

    At the University of Newcastle, we understand that students and teachers may be interested in what the we have to offer in a specific subject area. We’ve developed a suite of activities, talks and tours in a variety of areas.

    Some of these activities, depending on availability, can be brought directly to your school and others can be presented on campus at the University. Combine an activity with a tour of the campus to create a tailored experience for your students.

    For more information or to book for your school, contact

    Campus Experience Days – Callaghan and Ourimbah

    Campus Experience Days include tour of campus, hands-on activities and subject taster sessions for school groups of students in Year 7 to 10 who are interested in studying at university. In 2019, Campus Experience Days will be held from 2 to 13 December.

    To book in your group please email

    Schools Visit Day

    Each year the University hosts Schools Visit Day – a chance for school students to come and experience what life is like as a first year uni student. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures, take part in hands-on activities and experience campus life.

    In 2019, Schools Visit Days are held at:

    • Callaghan on Wednesday 3 July
    • Ourimbah on Thursday 28 November

    Learn more about Schools Visit Day

    Professional development for educators

    The University of Newcastle provides educators with a range of postgraduate study options for professional development, such as:

    1. Graduate Certificate in Education
    2. Graduate Certificate in Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    3. Master of Education
    4. Master of Leadership and Management in Education
    5. Master of Special and Inclusive Education

    If the idea of committing to a degree seems a little daunting, you can still gain skills to lead, support and positively transform your school by enrolling in the Professional Certificate in Leadership and Management in Education. You will study the following 3 courses that will contribute to 12 hours of NESA Registered Professional Development:

    1. EDLMX1 Developing Your Educational Leadership and Management Vision
    2. EDLMX2 Applying Strategic Leadership in Education
    3. EDLMX3 Leading Transformative Change in Education

    Completing the Professional Certificate is a pathway for entry into the Master of Leadership and Management in Education at the University of Newcastle.

    There are other open online courses to choose from. More information can be found here.


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    2021 Careers Advisers Admissions Webinar

    Watch our 2021 Careers Advisers Admissions Webinar to learn more about admissions, pathway programs, student services, support and how to apply.

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