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The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) offers a wide variety of student support services to help students succeed and to ensure your transition to the college and studying in Australia is easy and enjoyable.

Academic support

Academic support provides students with support in the skills required to successfully progress and complete a program of study within the nominated timeframe and to the expected academic standard. This may include:

  • assistance with interpreting expectations for assessments or tasks
  • writing skills
  • information literacy and accessing appropriate resources
  • using information technology
  • mathematical problem-solving; or
  • referencing.

Your Tutor is the first point of contact for academic support however students may also contact their Course Coordinator if there are any issues with any part of their study.

Course coordinators at ACN may be able to assist students having difficulty in their studies due to extenuating circumstances by:

  • offering extended timelines
  • advising on deferral from program of study prior to census
  • withdrawal from course
  • recommending access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) for personal counselling.

Students can access EAP at their place of employment, or if not employed, a referral can be made to the Education Managers who can discuss possible alternative strategies.

Personal Support

Personal support is non-learning support that assists students who are undertaking study. Forms of personal support include counselling, advice regarding employment or disability, career planning, finance.

ACN has a dedicated Student Support Officer who can provide personal support, advice and information on issues that can affect your life in Australia and your studies at ACN.

You can find more information about personal and academic support at ACN in the Student Management Policy.

External support services

Name of source Link / number Purpose
Lifeline 13 11 14 Provides 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Beyondblue Website

1300 224 636

Resources and support for those who need support with anxiety or depression or caring for someone with anxiety or depression.
NurseWell iOS app

Android app

This is an app specifically aimed at nurses, which is designed to promote the self-care and wellbeing of nurses across Australia. This is a free download.
Nurse and Midwife Support Helpline 1800 667 877 This is a free telephone counselling service for nurses, midwives and nursing students. They can also refer individuals on to further services if required.
QLife Website

1800 184 527

This is a national counselling and referral service for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex (LGBTI).
Australian Psychological Society — find a psychologist Website Directory of currently practicing psychologists. Searches can be done based on the help needed, the location or name.
Head to Health Website An Australian Government database of mental health resources available for yourself or to support those who require support with their mental health.
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Website A series of fact sheets and support available for pregnant women and parents of children aged 0–5.
MensLine Australia Website Free telephone and online counselling services for men who require further support with family or relationships.


The student support booklet provides you with important information should you require support while studying with us.