Counselling ServicesQualified Christian counsellors are available on both the Lake Macquarie and Sydney campus. Sydney campus students may also make an appointment to see a counsellor on the Lake Macquarie campus if preferred.
Counselling sessions covers areas such as relationships, study, careers, marriage and family. Counselling services are free and confidential. Appointments are required.
Academic counselling is also provided formally by Course Coordinators, Faculty Deans, and Academic Office personnel.
Lake Macquarie campusPhone: 0437 156 718
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (appointment queries only)
The counsellor's office is situated in the Well-being Centre (see campus map Q4).
- Lana Hibbard (Head Counsellor)
- Jonathan Gould
- Loeen Raethel
Make an Appointment
Sydney campusPhone: 0490 788 827
Email: email@example.com (appointment queries only)
The counsellor's office is situated in the Clinical Education Centre.
- Fleur Duke
Make an Appointment
College ChaplainsAvondale's chaplains provide students with pastoral (spiritual) and emotional support. They are available to discuss any topic, including personal questions you may have, marriage counselling, your Christian journey, commitment to God, and any other counselling you may require. They are also available to discuss any concerns or suggestions you may have on how to improve the spiritual atmosphere on campus. Appointments are not essential, but are strongly advised.
Lake Macquarie campusPastor Wayne French
Phone: +61 2 4980 2283
The chaplain's office is located at the rear of College Church near Café Rejuve.
Sydney campusDr Drene Somasundram
Phone: +61 2 9480 3617
The chaplain’s office is situated in the Clinical Education Centre.
Indigenous Student SupportAvondale supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students during their study program. An indigenous student is selected each year to sit on Avondale's Academic Board and represent the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on campus. Our Student Services team and Equity & Disability Officer are also available to help students with any additional assistance that may be needed.
Student Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Equity & Disability Officer: email@example.com
Disability SupportAvondale's Disability Support Service aims to ensure that students with a disability or medical condition are able to actively participate in all aspects of college life. Services include exam provisions, note-taking, liaison with lecturers and advocacy. For more information, contact the Equity & Disability Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welfare ServiceStudent welfare is very important to us. Avondale's Student Services team is available to help both domestic and international students with any difficulties or personal matters they may have, such as managing finances, gaining access to medical and community assistance and advocacy. For more information, contact Student Services at email@example.com.
Where to go for HelpIf there is risk of imminent harm to you or someone else, call Emergency Services on 000.
If you need to speak with someone urgently about yourself or someone else you are concerned about, please use one of the following numbers or websites.
Lifeline - short-term support for people who are overwhelmed and having difficulty coping or staying safe.
- To access Lifeline’s crisis support chat go to https://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Online-Services/crisis-chat
- Prefer to talk on the phone? 13 11 14
Beyond Blue - anxiety, depression and suicide prevention - talk it through
- To access Beyond Blue’s online chat go to https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/
- Prefer to talk on the phone? 1300 22 4636
Headspace - support for 12-25 year olds doing it tough, including mental health, drug & alcohol issues
- Online chat service https://www.eheadspace.org.au/
- Prefer to talk on the phone? 1800 650 890
Intimate partner and family violenceCall 1800 RESPECT - 24/7 telephone counselling, information and support on 1800 737 732
Mensline Australia - support and information service for Australian men, 24/7 telephone counselling on 1300 78 99 78