RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and engagement.
Studying at university is incredibly rewarding for our students but also stressful at times.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that one in four Australians aged 16 to 24 will experience a mental health condition at some time in a 12-month period, a figure that includes many students.
Without prompt access to the best available evidence-based treatments, students experiencing a mental health condition are at an unnecessary disadvantage.
It affects their own experience of university and readiness for work, as well as the University’s teaching and research goals.
At RMIT, we believe that investing in our students’ mental health and wellbeing will help them to succeed.
Mental health, wellbeing and resilience are key protective factors that support students’ learning and academic success.
RMIT’s Academic Board has endorsed the recently published Framework for Promoting Student Mental Wellbeing in Universities.
We’re particularly pleased to be working in partnership with the RMIT University Student Union on this.
With this significant change project, RMIT will become one of the few universities in Australia to have a comprehensive student mental health strategy. We will, of course, share our learnings with the sector.
We are passionate about RMIT being a supportive, diverse and inclusive place to learn, research and work.
Our students’ mental health and wellbeing is a core institutional priority as well as a challenge of our time.
Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO
Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President