Free confidential counselling 1300 725 881
During this time of concern for health, employment and finances, employer and worker members are reminded that you have access to Protect's free independent and confidential counselling service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Face to face sessions have ceased for the time being however phone and online services are running.
Each call to Protect Counselling is answered by a trained, professional counsellor. The helpline offers immediate coaching and assistance. You will always receive an immediate response from a highly trained team of independent professionals.
Hunterlink resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Help with anxiety
- Mindest shift during pandemic
- Working from home
- Managing a team working from home
- The discomfort you are feeling is grief
Please note - these resources are part of Protect’s overall counselling service offering, however we strongly encourage you to call 1300 725 881 (free call) as your first priority.
Protect Counselling is operated confidentially by the Hunterlink team of external counsellors. We partnered with Hunterlink on the strong recommendation of the Maritime Union of Australia to provide support services for our membership Australia-wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hunterlink prides itself on being the ultimate employee assistance program (EAP). Their solutions revolve around well-being, treating cases of critical incidents, early intervention, and providing counselling, workshops, and training.
Protect Counselling is a service for:
- individuals seeking support,
- workers wanting advice on support for colleagues,
- family members of Protect.
Frequently asked questions
Phone 1300 725 881
Call Protect Counselling on 1300 725 881 (free call) for immediate access to our independent counselling service.
The service operates Australia-wide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available to Protect employers, workers and their immediate family, irrespective of your industry via a free phone service. Free face-to-face sessions at an independent location, as well as on-site counselling services in response to emergency situations will be available once again after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Protect Counselling is available to all immediate family members: 1300 725 881
Your family may also make free use of the Hunterlink online ‘Counselling Portal’ for access to self-assessment tools, information on work-related, personal and mental well-being matters.
Login with the password: Protect
Over the phone or online
Counselling is provided by trained professionals and is usually offered both over the phone and through face-to-face sessions however due to COVID-19 face to face sessions have temporarily ceased. Male and female counsellors are available by phone or online and this free, confidential service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is accessible Australia-wide.
When restrictions are lifted, face-to-face sessions can be arranged near you. Protect Counselling has access to more than 170 qualified professionals throughout Australia, including regional centres.
No referral required
You do not need a referral to access Protect counselling. There is no wait time and every call is answered by a professional counsellor.
Members can access the Hunterlink online ‘Counselling Portal’ for access to self-assessment tools, information on work-related, personal and mental well-being matters.
Login with the password: Protect
Please note - the portal is part of Protect’s overall counselling service offering, however we strongly encourage you to call 1300 725 881 (free call) as your first priority.
Dedicated Counselling Phone Number
Protect counselling is a free confidential service for individuals seeking support, as well as employers and workers wanting advice on the best method to assist colleagues dealing with a range of concerns: