Monash University to slash one-third of counsellors

Monash University plans to remove one-third of its counsellors and replace them with contractor or private practice psychologists.

It says this will improve access to counselling services.

But Monash Student Association spokesperson Kim Stern said: “Students are extremely angry. It’s a known thing at Monash that the services are minimal, to put it nicely.

"It’s very hard at the moment to get a counsellor and it’s a slap in the face that there’s now moves to cut counsellors and limit their role on campus.”

Currently there are about 10 counsellors for a university of more than 40,000 students.

The changes would leave just two in-house counsellors and one coordinator at each of the Clayton and Caulfield campuses.

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