Problems and awareness of support services among students at an urban Australian university

J Am Coll Health. 1996 Sep;45(2):73-7. doi: 10.1080/07448481.1996.9936865.


Although Australian universities have allocated significant resources toward the development of student support services, administrators have little systematic information about the problems undergraduate university students experience or students' knowledge about available support services. The author surveyed 441 students in an urban, nonresidential university to examine the prevalence of difficulties associated with learning, sexual harassment, discrimination, emotional distress, health problems, course and career concerns, financial difficulties, and difficulties with lecturers; he also assessed students' knowledge of support services in each of these areas. Course concerns were the most common problem, followed by emotional distress, worry about career choices, financial difficulties, and problems with lecturers. More than half of the students were unaware of the support services available to them to address a range of concerns from sexual harassment and discrimination to emotional distress. Approximately 20% of the students reported having used university counseling or career services. Implications for targeting specific areas for outreach programs are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marketing of Health Services
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Queensland
  • Sex Distribution
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Social Support*
  • Student Health Services*