Students registering with AccessAbility Services due to a disability or health condition must provide current diagnostic evidence of their requirement for any reasonable academic adjustments and support. Adjustments available will depend on the inherent requirements for each course.
This information should be on letterhead from an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) qualified professional, and state whether the condition is permanent, temporary or variable.
Students should provide a completed Health Practitioner's Report (PDF 120KB)*, or the same information contained on letterhead from the relevant health professional. Medical certificates with insufficient information will not be accepted.
Documentation should be no more than three years old for learning disabilities, or six months old for variable health conditions.
Guidelines for academic accommodations
|Mental health condition
(eg depression; anxiety disorder; schizophrenia)
|Assessment by a psychologist; psychiatrist or GP|
(eg Muscular dystrophy, arthritis)
|Assessment by a medical specialist; physiotherapist or GP|
(eg chronic fatigue syndrome; epilepsy; diabetes)
Assessment by a medical specialist or GP
|Vision impairment||Assessment by an ophthalmologist; optometrist or GP, Specialist Vision Testing Service (such as Vision Australia Services). Should include the extent of vision loss and visual acuity, use of assistive equipment, and specific impact in a learning environment|
|Hearing impairment||Assessment by an audiologist or GP. Should include use of hearing aids or assistive technology, and how the hearing loss specifically impacts in a learning environment|
(eg acquired brain injury; cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis)
|Assessment by a neurologist; psychiatrist; neuropsychologist|
(eg dyslexia; dyscalculia)
Assessment by a psychologist. Must include results of standardised assessment of information processing. This needs to have been completed at the age 17 or later. Recommendations must be substantiated by test results.
|Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder||Assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Must provide evidence of ADHD / ADD, and how it specifically impacts in a learning environment
|Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger's disorder, Rett's disorder)||Assessment by a paediatrician; psychiatrist or psychologist|
|Temporary Condition or Injury
|Assessment by a GP; relevant registered health professional
Students with documentation relating to "Irlen Syndrome" or "Scotopic Sensitivity" that does not include comprehensive testing as outlined above or the student's current aptitude, achievement or ability to process information, will receive adjustments limited to use/provision of coloured paper and suitable lighting for examinations only. More extensive support will require a comprehensive assessment and report as detailed above.