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CDU offers free and confidential counselling to all students.

If you're experiencing challenges affecting your life or study, you can book an appointment with a CDU counsellor. The counsellor will work with you to develop strategies that are right for you. They can also explore different options for further support.

Counselling is common for people of all ages. You can seek help for a wide range of issues, which might include:

  • personal issues
  • mental health issues
  • study-related issues
  • family or relationship issues
  • wellbeing concerns.

CDU Wellbeing Support Line (available 24/7)

1300 933 393


What is counselling?

Counselling is also known as ‘talk therapy.’ It is a reflective process that involves talking, listening and action. The counsellor will help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to identify your concerns. From here, you can develop strategies to help resolve those concerns.

To help benefit from counselling, here are a few tips:

  • Prepare for your session – for example, writing down your questions or concerns often helps
  • There are generally no ‘quick fixes,’ so give yourself plenty of time
  • Actively participate and be as specific and open as you feel comfortable
  • Review your progress regularly
  • Engage with the process by undertaking any suggested goals and tasks.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment with a CDU counsellor, contact Student Support or book an appointment online.

Student Support

Casuarina campus

Equity Services, Blue 5.1

Mon–Thurs: 8:30am⁠–4pm
Fri: 8:30am⁠–3pm

Sydney campus

Level 10, 815 George Street, Haymarket

Mon–Thurs: 8:30am⁠–4pm
Fri: 8:30am⁠–3pm

Please provide your name, student number and contact phone number when requesting an appointment.

If the matter is urgent, please let staff know so that every effort can be made to get you an appointment as soon as possible.


Counselling services at CDU are strictly confidential. A qualified counsellor is ethically bound by a Professional Code of Conduct as well as the University's Privacy Policy that ensures no personal information will be released to another party without the student's (client's) consent.

Where possible, consent is obtained in writing and outlines the conditions, circumstances and details regarding the release of information.

However, it should be noted that, where the following circumstances arise, the counsellor is legally and ethically obligated to disclose pertinent information regarding a student to a third party, even if the student has not provided formal consent:

  • when the counsellor makes a professional judgement that you and/or someone else may be at risk of harm
  • when the matter involves domestic violence - it is mandatory to report domestic violence if there is a risk of imminent harm
  • where there may be sexual abuse/assault of a minor
  • where a court of law subpoenas the counsellor to disclose information

Other CDU resources to get help

CDU Wellbeing Support Line

1300 933 393

CDU Security (Casuarina)

(08) 8946 7777

1800 646 501

In an emergency, call 000, then alert University Security on 1800 646 501 or on the SafeZone app.

External mental health services

Top End Mental Health Service
Emergency Assessment Team

(08) 8999 4988

Top End mental health service website

Lifeline Top End (24-hour call)

13 11 14 or 08 8941 2365 (or, if calling from rural area – 1300 13 11 14)

Lifeline website

Headspace Darwin
Youth mental health and wellbeing service for 12 – 25-year-olds

(08) 8931 5999

Headspace website

Tamarind Centre

A service for people who are experiencing significant impact as a result of mental health problems.

(08) 8999 4988 or 1800 682 288


Royal Darwin Hospital

(08) 8922 8888

RHD website




External sexual assault and family violence services

Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Sexual Violence

(08) 8945 0155

Ruby Gaea website

Darwin Community Legal Services (DCLS)

(08) 8982 111

DCLS website


Darwin Sexual Assault Referral Centre (24-hour call)

Darwin Sexual Assault Referral Centre website


Medical services

These local medical practices are reasonably accessible by students from the Casuarina University campus using public transport.

Top End Medical Centre

2/11 Vanderlin Dr, Casuarina

(08) 8995 7900

Top End Medical Centre website

Casuarina Square Medical Centre

Shop 200 - 201 Casuarina Square, 247 Trower Road, Casuarina

(08) 8945 6755 or (08) 89 27 1899

Casuarina Square Medical website

Vanderlin Drive Surgery

38 Vanderlin Drive, Casuarina

(08) 8945 5888

Palmerston Medical Clinic

6 Maluka Street, Palmerston

(08) 8932 5100

Palmerston Medical Clinic website

NB – Bulk billing and after-hours access

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