Support For You


Support For You

City Campus

As a student you can enrol at the Health Centre for a great range of health services at a discounted rate. Ring or visit to book an appointment. All Ara students can access this service.


If you're feeling stressed, down or are having difficulties, our counsellors can help. You will see the same counsellor for all your visits. Each session takes about 50 minutes and as a student you can get three sessions for free.

General Practitioner (GP)

Our GP offers an affordable and confidential service . You might be eligible for a community services card to help with GP costs.

Nursing Practitioner

Our Nurse Practitioner is able to see students aged 23 years and under. She works at a similar level to a doctor regarding assessment, diagnosis and treatment of illness. She is also able to prescribe medications.

Nurse Practitioner consultations costs are the same as the GP.

Nursing Services

The nurses are available for a wide variety of health consultations and treatments, for example, in relation to - acute illness, mental health, wound care, sexual health, emergency contraception, cervical screening, ACC, vaccinations and health screening.


Our physiotherapy service uses in-depth knowledge of how the body works, combined with hands on clinical skills, for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pain, injury or disability.

Treatment is available for all sports, spinal and musculoskeletal pain or injuries. 

This service is available to you by appointment only and appointments are about 30 minutes.


Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation and connective tissue function as a holistic unit. It is an effective treatment for back pain and a range of other pains, injuries and some headaches.

Osteopathy services at the Health Centre are provided by a qualified and experienced osteopath. An Ara osteopathy student is present to observe as part of their training. These services are available on Mondays from 1pm to 4pm and Fridays from 12pm to 3pm.

Parents of babies

Students who are breastfeeding or wish to express milk are able to do so in the privacy and comfort of Ara Health Centre. If students need to store breastmilk, a fridge in the Health Centre is available.

Woolston Campus

A nurse is on site on Wednesdays and Fridays. Our nurse's office is in the Student Services Building.

Timaru Campus

Students can visit a doctor at 18 Woolcombe Street. On Tuesdays from 2pm-4pm, it is free for 16-25 year olds.

No appointments necessary.

How much does it cost?

Check out the price list below:

Doctor consultation Price

Enrolled Student

Non Enrolled

High Use Health Card

Non enrolled - CSC

Sexual Health (enrolled only under 21 - free if subsidy available)


Youth (under 18)



Minor surgery













Nurse consultation

Enrolled Students

Non Enrolled


Sexual Health (enrolled only under 21)


Youth (under 18)









Repeat prescription

Enrolled student

Non Enrolled





Physiotherapy charges
ACC covered:  

Student first visit

Student follow-up visits (each)

Staff first visit

Staff follow-up visits (each)





Non-ACC - Private  

First visit

Follow-up visits (each)

Non cancelled appointment




Osteopathy charges
ACC covered: $10
Non-ACC $30

Staff are welcome to make an appointment to see the doctor on a casual basis, however students do have priority for appointments so occasionally, we may have to cancel and allocate your appointment to a student.  We would then refer you to your own GP or another medical centre i.e. Moorhouse.

Mental Health

If you’re concerned about your mental wellbeing, or someone else’s, help is readily available from the following services.

Ara Health Centre - counselling

There are health centres located at the City and Woolston campuses. You can make an appointment to see a counsellor, nurse or doctor, or if you’re experiencing emotional distress, you can drop in and see a nurse as soon as one is available.

Ara Student Advocate

If you’re experiencing difficulties that are affecting your studies, the independent Student Advocate Duncan Dunbar can provide confidential support. He’s based in room X106 in the Rakaia Centre at the City campus.

Ara Student Hardship

If you’re struggling to continue your studies due to unforeseen financial issues you may be eligible for assistance. Contact Storm Geldenhuis to discuss your situation and find out what you might be eligible for. Learn more >


Youthline provides a range of support services to young people, including counselling. Learn more >


Lifeline offers free counselling via its 24/7 helpline. Learn more >

Suicide Crisis Helpline

Operated by highly trained and experienced suicide prevention counsellors, the Suicide Crisis Helpline is a free nationwide service available 24/7. Phone 0800 TAUTOKO (828 865)

*If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 111 emergency services immediately, or if you’re on campus, call the Health Centre on 940 7566

Aviva - family violence services

Aviva helps individuals and families to become and stay free of violence. They work with children, women and men, giving each person the support they need, when they need it, to become safe and live free of family violence. Learn more >

The Low Down

The Low Down offers support and advice relating to anxiety and depression. Learn more >

Gayline - gay and lesbian support

Support and general information for people newly exploring their sexuality, plus information on gay organisations and gay-friendly services. Learn more >

He Waka Tapu - kaupapa Māori health and social services

He Waka Tapu works with whānau and individuals to achieve positive health and wellness outcomes. Learn more >

Support, information and online tools for people suffering depression and anxiety. Learn more >

Mental Health Foundation

The ‘go to’ website for a wide range of trusted information on all aspects of mental health. Learn more >

298 Youth Health

Free counselling services and medical care for those aged 10-24 years old. Call or text to make an appointment. Learn more >

Alcohol and Drug Helpline

Friendly, non-judgemental, professional help and advice. Learn more >

HYPE Youth Health Centre

HYPE offers free and confidential mental health information for young people aged 12 to 24 years old. Learn more >

Presbyterian Support - couselling for students in Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru

As an Ara student you’re entitled to three free counselling services with Family Works South Canterbury. You can speak in confidence to a qualified counsellor about any concerns you may have. Learn more >

Sexual Health

If you have any concerns regarding your sexual health, the following services offer help, advice and services.

Ara Health Centre

Sexual health services such as contraception, cervical smear tests, STI screening pregnancy tests and emergency contraception are available at Ara health centres. These are located at the City and Woolston campuses where you can make an appointment to see nurse or doctor.

Family Planning

Family Planning provides a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services. Visits are free for New Zealand residents under 22 years old. Learn more >

HYPE Youth Health Centre

HYPE offers free and confidential mental health information for young people aged 12 to 24 years old. Learn more >

Sexual Health Centre

This free service provides confidential, specialist sexual health care. Learn more >

298 Youth Health

The clinic provides free medical care (including sexual health) and counselling for those aged 10-24 years old. Call or text to make an appointment. Learn more >