Our strategy for mental wellbeing is based on the Australian Framework for Promoting Student Mental Wellbeing in Universities (PDF 480KB), which has been endorsed by our Academic Board.

 

We're taking action!

We have formed a Student Mental Wellbeing Advisory Group.  Our priorities include:

  • Building teaching staff capability to support and respond to students' mental wellbeing needs

  • Empowering students to take the lead and foster strong partnerships

  • Enhancing access to Student Support Services and exploring innovative digital solutions

  • Developing students' mental health knowledge and skills, with a focus on building resilience.

What we've done so far

Enhanced access to support

Mental health promotion and supports to reduce exam stress

  • Mental Health Promotion campaigns and events e.g. R U OK? Day

  • Supportive exam results video message from the Vice-Chancellor (Semester 1, 2018)

  • Reducing exam stress tips and personal planner (online)

  • Calm zone spaces (on campus and exam venue)

Getting you involved

  • Stigma reduction campaign, in partnership with RUSU (October, 2018)

  • Student-led mental wellbeing pilot, in partnership with Activator, RUSU (Semester 2, 2018)

  • Student voice included in staff online course

Enabling staff to support you

The Student Mental Wellbeing Initiatives team collaborated with staff to design tools, resources and supports they need to better assist students.  These include:

Support when staff are concerned about a student

  • Launching the Staff Line for urgent student support - a phone line for staff to call when they are highly concerned about a student.

Clear protocols and practical resources so staff can take action

  • Clear protocols for responding to students in distress – so staff are better equipped to support students

  • Improved information for staff on their website 
  • Targeted professional development to build capability and confidence
  • Wellbeing Webinar Series – professional development on important topics relating to mental health

  • Online essential course for staff  - Protocols for assisting students in distress

  • Workshops – professional development to develop the skills for assisting students in distress

  • Mental Health First Aid training integrated into OHSW team role

Getting staff involved and taking a lead

  • Vocational Education staff Mental Wellbeing Champion network (HE Champion network 2019)

  • Pulse surveys to enhance actions taken (VE staff pulse surveys 2018)