Wellbeing Services

Health and wellbeing are important for successes in learning and life

Open Access College has a critical role in supporting students to make healthy lifestyle choices and to understand consequences on lifelong health and wellbeing. The link between health and wellbeing and positive academic performance is well researched:

  • developing strong, supportive relationships in schools provides a safer and more inclusive environment for students to engage in their studies and learn.
  • healthy students are more alert, engaged and better able to concentrate and learn.

Open Access College Student Wellbeing Leaders, Allied Health Professionals and Youth Worker provide ongoing support for student wellbeing and learning including linking with services which are appropriate and accessible.

School-based wellbeing leaders are qualified teachers with additional skills in promoting and supporting student learning and wellbeing.

Students can talk to a student wellbeing leaders about a range of topics including:

  • school based issues
  • relationships with family, teachers and peers
  • course, subject and career guidance
  • support to encourage attendance, engagement and learning
  • bullying and harassment
  • personal and health issues
  • information and referrals to Allied Health Professionals, Youth Worker and outside support agencies.

The college’s Allied Health Professionals and Youth Worker are university graduates with considerable experience in their specific field of expertise.

How to contact the team

Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing: Zena Wotton

Contact: [email protected]

Student Wellbeing Leaders

Primary: Heather Tonkin Contact: [email protected]

Secondary Jayne Andrews Contact: [email protected]

Secondary Dick Glacken Contact: [email protected]

Secondary Vincent Paul Contact: [email protected]

Secondary Shannon Dobbin Contact: [email protected]

Social Worker Candice Blayney Contact: [email protected]

Youth Worker Amanda Veal Contact: [email protected]

Wellbeing Services

The following directory provides a range of services which you can access to provide ongoing assistance for students and families.

Emergency Support 24/7

Emergency (Ambulance, Fire, Police) – 000

Lifeline – 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14


Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800 a 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Ph. 1800 55 1800

Mental Health SA – 13 14 65

Women’s Safety Services SA – 1800 800 098

1800 RESPECT National Sexual Assault and Domestic violence - 1800 737 732

Parent Helpline – 1300 364 100

Beyondblue – 1300 224 636 - http://www.beyondblue.org.au

School TV - a resource for parents to learn about practical strategies to help manage modern-day issues and challenges affecting today’s youth across both primary and secondary school levels. Click here to enter the School TV library

Wellbeing quick links and Mobile Phone apps

Headspace: is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12–25-year-olds.


Beyond Blue: information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.


Kids Helpline: Qualified counsellors available via Webchat, phone or email anytime for children and young people 5 – 25.


COMPI: For young people who have a parent who experiences mental illness.


Trans Health South Australia: Resources for the Gender Diverse Community of SA.


Mobile Phone Apps

Out of Bounds App - (South Australian Cyber Safety)

The Out of Bounds App is an educational and interactive app about laws relating to sexting, cyberbullying and age of consent in South Australia. The app has been specifically designed as a resource to develop understanding and prevent confusion regarding these laws in an increasingly online and interconnected world.


Smiling Mind - App

Practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device.


MoodGym - App

Free online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.


Last updated: 07 September 2021