If you have a chronic or permanent medical or mental health condition, you may be eligible for ongoing support with your studies.
Who is eligible?
A chronic medical or mental health condition is an ongoing condition which will impact your studies for an expected duration of six weeks or more.
Examples of chronic medical or mental health condition may include broken bones or long-term illness.
Examples of mental health conditions may include mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, personality disorders or eating disorders. For more information on types of mental health conditions, see the Healthdirect website.
Types of support available
The University can make adjustments to your studies to help offset any disadvantage you might face without them.
Study adjustments (sometimes referred to as reasonable or equitable adjustments) are changes to how subjects are taught and assessed.
Adjustments are made on a case-by-case basis, and may include:
- Alternative exam arrangements
- Assistance from an academic support worker
- Equipment loans
- Assistive technology
- Accessible formatting of course reading materials
- Extensions to assignments
- Flexibility in attendance requirements
- Accessible teaching spaces and ergonomic furniture.
Once you have registered for support, one of our Student Equity and Disability advisers will work with you to create an adjustment plan which suits your needs.
How to register
You can register by applying for special consideration for ongoing support.
Registration is completely voluntary. You can register at any time during your studies, but we recommend doing so when you're enrolling in your course.
- A Health Professional Report form (PDF 333.6 KB) is our preferred document for applications made on medical or psychological grounds. It can be completed by a range of healthcare and allied professionals (such as medical doctors and psychologists).
- A medical certificate or supporting letter on official letterhead from a treating health practitioner is also acceptable.
If your supporting documentation is provided by an overseas practitioner and not available in English, you'll need to provide a NAATI-accredited translated copy.
The following forms of documentation will not be accepted:
- Medical test results
- Photos of your medication or injury
- Letters of reference or support from University or College staff (other than Health Service or Counselling and Psychological Services staff).
These University services may also be helpful to students with a medical or mental health condition.
- Health Service
The University of Melbourne Health Service offers health care for all currently enrolled students. Staff are experienced medical doctors and nurses, with a depth of knowledge relevant to student medical issues.
- Counselling and Psychological Services
The University of Melbourne Counselling and Psychological Services provides free, confidential, short-term professional counselling to currently enrolled students.
- Standards for equity support
Information about student equity and disability support standards at the University of Melbourne for students, staff, and the wider University community.
If you still have questions relating to ongoing support for a medical or mental health condition, please contact Stop 1.