Getting Support

There are a range of support options available to you if you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment. It doesn’t matter if the incident occurred recently or a long time ago, if it happened on-campus or off-campus, or whether you are a student or a staff member. Support is always available and we encourage you to make use of the free and confidential services both at UniSA or, if you prefer, outside of the University.

If you're providing support to someone who's disclosed sexual assault or sexual harassment, visit our website to find out some tips and advice, as well as support services available to you.

Call 1800 737 732 (1800RESPECT) - National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service

This line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.

Counselling Services

Because sexual assault can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience, it is often useful to have someone to talk to about your feelings, fears and concerns.  Professional counselling can offer you someone to talk to about the effects of the sexual assault and can provide you with information about your support and reporting options, in a safe and confidential manner.      

For students:

Counselling for students is free of charge and available from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.  You can book an appointment online or by phone:  

  • Metropolitan campuses:  1300 301 703
  • Mt Gambier Campus:  (08) 8723 1999
  • Whyalla Campus:  (08) 8645 8233

For staff:

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is free of charge and available to all UniSA employees and their immediate family.  Appointments are available from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5.00pm and can be booked by calling:  

  • Metropolitan campuses:  1300 277 924
  • Mt Gambier Campus:  (08) 8723 1999
  • Whyalla Campus:  (08) 8645 8233

SafeZone App

SafeZone is an app that can be used on all UniSA Campuses. It connecst you directly to the UniSA Security team should you need our assistance or emergency support while you are on campus.

Campus Security

  • 24 hours/free call:  1800 500 911 or 88888 from internal University telephones

UniSA’s Campus Security is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

UniSA Out-of-Hours Crisis Line

  • Call 1300 107 441 or text 0488 884 163

(Out-of-Hours runs between 5pm and 9am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and public holidays).

Health Services

If you have been sexually assaulted you may have health concerns that you would like to discuss with a doctor.  Common health concerns that you could discuss with the doctor include injuries, concerns about pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other health concerns such as sleeping difficulties, eating problems, or feeling sick.  You can also ask the doctor for a certificate if you think you will need to take some time off work or university. 

  • UniSA Medical Clinic:  1300 172 996

The UniSA Medical Clinic has been established to provide acute and preventative health care.  In addition to standard medical care the clinic provides innovative programs and services which target the personal care and health of all UniSA students, UniSA staff and the general public.

You can visit your normal GP or medical centre. If you don’t have a regular GP you can find one here:  

Yarrow Place:  08 8226 8787 (24 hours/7 days) and 1800 817 421 (country callers)

Yarrow Place is the lead public health agency responding to adult rape and sexual assault in South Australia.  They provide free, direct services to people aged 16 years or older who have been raped or sexually assaulted or who were aged 16 years or older at the time of the assault. 

Direct services include 24 hour crisis response service (medical and counselling services for recent sexual assault), professional counselling, therapeutic support groups for recent and past sexual assault, collection of forensic evidence as requested by those people who have made, or wish to make, a report to the police and referral to other services, as appropriate. 

1800RESPECT:  1800 737 732

A free service, open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.

SHine SA:  1300 794 584

SHine SA is the lead sexual health agency in South Australia and welcomes people who are intersex, gender diverse and of all sexualities.  SHine SA is a provider of primary care services and education for sexual and relationship wellbeing.  They provide nurse-led and medical clinical assessment, treatment and counselling services across nine clinical sites.  SHine SA may charge a fee for service.

Living Well:  07 3028 4648

Living Well provides supportive, accessible and respectful service to men who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault, their partners, friends and family.  This is a free service.   

QLife:  1800 184 527

QLife is a national telephone and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends.  QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences.

Lifeline:  13 11 14

Lifeline is a national charity providing anyone experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.  This is a free service.

beyondblue:  1300 22 4636

beyondblue provides free information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.