Student Services, Safety and Wellbeing
At Edith Cowan College (ECC), we understand that the transition to university level study can be challenging for some students. This may be due to homesickness or unexpected problems of an academic or personal nature. A range of support services are available to you during your studies at ECC.
We understand that for students, the main reason they are in Australia is to study. However, participating in extra-curricular activities and getting out and about is important too. ECC encourages you to interact and enjoy your experience by taking a break from your studies and having some fun and participating in extra-curricular activities. By being involved in non-academic interests whilst studying you will be able to develop a network of friends and to broaden your outlook and skills.
Visit ECU's Sports and Recreation website www.ecu.edu.au/fas/sport/ for ideas and sporting teams.
Events, Activities and Adventures
You can also join a variety of events, activities and adventures (for example, skydiving and whale watching) organised by numerous clubs and societies in Perth. From recreation to religion, from sport to politics, they cater to every interest.
If you or a group of your friends have a particular interest in an activity, that you believe others might also been interested, please come by and speak to our Student Counsellor or someone on the student services team, who may be able to help you organise such an outing for you! For more information about what is going on in Perth click on the About Us tab, then click on Events Calendar
Student Safety and Wellbeing - Respect. Now. Always.
Edith Cowan College is committed to ensuring all students, staff and stakeholders are able to study and work in a safe environment, free of harassment or inequality. ECC will not tolerate any behaviour that constitutes bullying, harassment, sexual assault or discrimination.
In collaboration with ECU, ECC students and staff are protected by ECU Security Services and supported by the ECC Student Counsellor and ECC management.
In the event of any incident, ECC will provide support and where possible, liaise with external emergency services, professional counselling services and/or community and religious organizations. Whether the incident occurs on or off campus, if it affects your studies, ECC staff will offer whatever assistance we can to help.
The ECC Student Counsellor provides free and confidential counselling services to currently enrolled ECC students who are experiencing difficulties that may impact on their ability to study. The Student Counsellor can offer emotional support to help you to find solutions to your problems or provide advice on how best to cope with these issues.
If you need specialised support or treatment, the Student Counsellor will provide guidance and/or referral letters. The Student Counsellor is willing and able to discuss any topic including:
- Difficulties with studying, worrying about achievement, doing presentations and exams
- Finding study, life and work balance
- Death of a family member, close friend or fellow student
- Homesickness and difficulties in adjusting to life in Australia
- Issues around identity or sexuality
- Relationship problems
- Sexual assault
- Sexual health, pregnancy or contraception
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Thoughts about self-harm or suicide
- Time management
ECC STUDENT COUNSELLOR
If you need someone to talk to or want to share a personal problem in absolute confidence or to seek professional counselling, contact the ECC Student Counsellor
- Office Phone: 6279 1114 (office hours)
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ECU MEDICAL CENTRE
- Joondalup Campus Telephone: 6304 5618
- Mount Lawley Campus Telephone: 9370 6814
- National Hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, contact the National Hotline on 1800 737 732.
- Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) - if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, contact SARC 24/7 on 9340-1828 or http://www.kemh.health.wa.gov.au/services/sarc/
- For frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the SARC Crisis Service go to:http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Sexual-Assault-Resource-Centre-crisis-service-questions/
ECU Security can be called 24hours a day, 7 days a week on 6304-3333 then Dial 1 for the Joondalup or Joondalup Campus West or Dial 2 for Mount Lawley. If you are alone on campus or studying at the library after-hours, you can call Security to escort you to your car or the bus-stop. For general safety tips about personal security, safeguarding valuables and reporting loss or theft, see: http://www.ecu.edu.au/centres/facilities-and-services/our-services/security-on-campus/personal-safety-tips
If you are involved in any incident that threatens your safety or the safety of others, you can report criminal or illegal activity on campus via the ECU online incident report at: https://www.ecu.edu.au/centres/facilities-and-services/our-services/security-on-campus/reporting-an-incident
All ECU buildings and grounds have state-of-the-art Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for ECU Security to investigate incidents and where appropriate, assist the WA Police with investigations.
All ECU and ECC staff and students can download ECU’s free personal safety app (NowForce) with a direct line to ECU Security in the event of any danger. The SOS (panic) button can also be used off campus to notify ECU Security of your location and enable them to call emergency services on your behalf. See: https://www.ecu.edu.au/centres/facilities-and-services/our-services/security-on-campus/hand-held-emergency-phone
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY - POLICE, AMBULANCE OR FIRE
- Call 000 from a landline or
- Call 112 from a mobile
For police matters that are not emergencies
Police - call 131 4444
See https://www.edithcowancollege.edu.au/policies for information on:
- Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy
- Complaints and Appeals Policy
- Equal Opportunity Policy
- Student Wellbeing, Counselling and Support Policy
- Underage Students (Minors) Policy
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Students are encouraged to use the support services available and to contact the friendly staff at ECC for advice and assistance as soon as they are finding things a little difficult. Remember, ECC is here to help students achieve success within their chosen program of study!
If you are not able to get an appointment, you can go to a GP who direct bills through OSHC. Go to: www.medibank.com.au/overseas-health-insurance/oshc