Support

Counselling Services

Qualified 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 campus

Phone: 0437 156 718 (SMS only)
Email: counselling@avondale.edu.au (appointment queries only)

The counsellor's office is situated to the rear of College Church, with entry through the doors to the left of Rejuve Café.

Make an Appointment

Sydney campus

Phone: 0409 788 827
Email: sydney.counselling@avondale.edu.au (appointment queries only)

The counsellor's office is situated in the Faculty of Nursing and Health building.

Make an Appointment

College Chaplains

Avondale'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 campus

Pastor Wayne French
Phone: +61 2 4980 283
Email: wayne.french@adventist.org.au
The chaplain's office is situated in Lower College Hall (student services).

Sydney campus

Dr Drene Somasundram
Phone: 02 9480 3617
Email: drene.somasundram@avondale.edu.au
The chaplain’s office is situated in the Faculty of Nursing and Health building.

Indigenous Student Support

Avondale 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 Officer are also available to help students with any additional assistance that may be needed.

Student Services: studentservices@avondale.edu.au
Equity Officer: gail.clark@avondale.edu.au.

Disability Support

Avondale'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 Officer at gail.clark@avondale.edu.au.

Welfare Service

Student 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 studentservices@avondale.edu.au.