Chronic conditions

If you're struggling with your health, the most important thing is to look after yourself. These issues can happen to anyone - it's a normal part of life. Manage as best as you can, and don't hesitate to seek help. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Consider if any changes to candidature may assist you (part-time study or taking leave of absence)
  • Access University services (via Service Finder) that may help you
  • Talk with your supervisors, friends, or family
  • For chronic health conditions or disabilities, Student Equity and Disability Services can assist you with a plan to manage your chronic health condition or disability and study at the same time
  • Consider utilising the Counselling and Psychological Services for support

Case study

Albert had struggled with a chronic condition for many years, but was determined to see the rest of his candidature through. He was recently confirmed into his candidature and decided to change his study load from full time to part time, to better manage his health while writing up his thesis.

Albert’s supervisors and the graduate research administrators in his department, Anatomy and Neuroscience, worked together to support Albert during periods when he was unable to make much progress on his thesis.

Student Equity and Disability Services was also able to help Albert with suggestions on how to deal with periods of inability to make progress, as well as with unexpected circumstances. They devised a plan in collaboration with Albert’s supervisor to better manage his health and studies.