Safety and Wellbeing

Counselling Services

Staff Counselling:

Counselling can help you with problems coping with work, stress and anxiety or depression, loneliness, drug and alcohol abuse and addictions, negative feeling or suicidal thoughts, relationship or family issues.

In particular work-related stress is recognised globally as a major challenge for workers and organisations.

A worker's response to stress may be positive or negative. In the majority of instances, people adjust to stressors and can continue to perform their normal duties. However, if stress becomes excessive and long-lasting it can lead to mental and physical ill-health.

If you are experiencing work-related stress or any other concerns and need to speak to a professional please access the University's EAP service.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Staff counselling is a 24 hour, 7 day service available to all University employees and their immediate family free of charge under the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The aim of the service is to provide timely counselling and support to employees who have work or non-work related concerns or issues.

Adjunct, clinical and associate title holders, visiting scholars, visiting fellows and honorary title holders are also eligible to access the service.

Employees and title holders will be required to present their current Staff ID Card to the Service Provider at the first appointment. Employee ID numbers will be retained by the Provider.

The sessions are completely confidential and no personal or identifying information is forwarded on to the University.

Those eligible are entitled to three free standard (1 hour) sessions per calendar year. Employees who wish to receive more than three sessions should contact Work Health and Safety, People and Wellbeing on (03) 6226 7877.

At least 24 hours' notice of inability to attend a scheduled counselling session must be provided. If you fail to provide 24 hours' notice you will personally incur an account for that session.

EAP Provider

Newport & Wildman is the preferred provider for EAP Services with Psychologists, Social Workers and Counsellors available to assist. Locations available in Tasmania are: Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport. The service is provided in all other states and territories through affiliated providers.

For those who have previously used Newport & Wildman you will notice that they have now become part of the Access EAP group but the service they provide and have provided for many years has not changed.

To arrange an appointment, please phone 1800 650 204 or book online

If an employee wishes to see an alternative provider they need to contact Work Health & Safety on (03) 6226 7877 to discuss so the provider can be registered as University of Tasmania supplier.

Newport and Wildman also provide Manager and Leader support services.

Online Resources

Newport and Wildman also offer a wide variety of online resources to University of Tasmania employees via an Employee Page. Any employee with a utas.edu.au email address can access these resource by creating an account. Click on the Employees Registration Form complete the details and you will receive confirmation from Newport Wildman once they have set up your account.

Travelling Overseas

Assistance is available for staff and students travelling overseas through International SOS service. International SOS offer 24/7 support via their Sydney Assistance Centre, to access the service call +61 2 9372 2468.

ISOS is a 24/7 resource on call, online and even on the ground to help with any medical, security and logistical questions, concerns and situations that may arise. So if you need a medical referral, lose your medication, seek pre-travel advice or experience a medical or security or other crisis contact ISOS.

Register with ISOS before travelling and ensure you take your ISOS Travel Card with you.

Further information about ISOS can be found here.