HCD and Oasis Wellbeing Programs (pinned post)


20/7/20: Note that due to the various social distancing recommendations in place here at Flinders, some of these programs are currently cancelled until further notice. I have indicated with a X next to the programs that are currently cancelled. We have however started getting some programs online via FLO in a topic called OASIS Online, that might interest you including our Wellbeing and Productivity Hacks sessions, Studyology and the Take a Break chats. 

The teams at Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) and Oasis work hard to put together a diverse range of wellbeing-focused programs and events each year.

These are the programs and events that students can participate in to help maximise their own wellbeing and productivity, but also become attentive and skilled at helping others.

These are in addition to the health, counselling, disability, and equal opportunity services that we already offer.

This blog post, which is pinned to the top of the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog is updated on a regular basis as programs are developed and launched.

I’ve also included in this list some programs that are run by other groups in the university that have a productivity/wellbeing focus.

Subscribe to the HCDS newsletter to get updates on these programs throughout the year.

Visit https://students.flinders.edu.au/ as your gateway to all the other services and programs around the university.


HCDS and OASIS Programs

Programs that are running currently are listed first. Those that are not currently running have an X next to them. 

Mindful Yoga – a weekly yoga class run by Counsellor Maureen blending gentle movements, self-compassion and mindful presence – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/mindful-yoga-class/ (kicks off again on the 28th July, bookings essential)

Meditation – two weekly meditation sessions @ Oasis led by Chaplain Dave – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/meditation-for-relaxation-and-stress-relief/ (Meditation sessions now being run online via Oasis Online)

Flinders Market – a community market with free and cheap food to ensure all students are well nourished – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/flinders-community-market/ (kicked off again for S2, 2020)

Mindfulness for Academic Success – a 5-session program teaching you to use mindfulness to reduce stress, improve focus, stop procrastinating, communicate better and study more efficiently – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/mindfulness-for-academic-success/ (an online introductory session is now available). 

Wellbeing and Productivity Hacks – short (20-minute) lectures outlining relatively simple life hacks that can be used to improve productivity and/or wellbeing – https://flo.flinders.edu.au/course/view.php?id=63157#section-2  (find existing lectures on Oasis Online)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – a program that equips you with the skills to support people with mental health problems. To sign up for MHFA visit the Horizon Professional Development Awards website – https://students.flinders.edu.au/student-services/careers/horizon

Studyology – a 5-session group program designed to give you the psychological tools necessary to combat common study problems like procrastination, perfectionism, low motivation and study avoidance. To register your interest for upcoming sessions, email gareth.furber@flinders.edu.au with your name, student number and contact phone number. You can do a self-guided version of this online at Oasis Online: https://flo.flinders.edu.au/course/view.php?id=63157  

Global Connections and Conversations Group – English conversation groups for students and their partners/spouses – an opportunity to make friends, ask questions, and learn about Australian culture in a safe and supportive environment. Visit the OASIS website to learn more https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/global-connections-and-conversations-groups/Our New Take A Break sessions might help those who were enjoying these sessions prior to Coronavirus. 

Wellbeing Ambassador Program – Volunteer to lead wellbeing related events around the university and support the wellbeing of your peers – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/wellbeing-ambassador-program/

Introduction to Mental Fitness – Join Dr Gareth Furber as he explores the world of mental fitness and self-improvement, with all content available via the blog  – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-health-and-well-being/2020/07/13/introduction-to-mental-fitness/. A new Mental Fitness Workshop is now available. Visit Oasis Online for more details.

Self-help library – we’ve created a range of handouts on various wellbeing related topics. You can access these online, or visit us at the Student Centre, Level 3 to get hard copies.


safeTALK – a 3.5 hour session that prepares anyone, regardless of experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper – www.flinders.edu.au/safetalk  X

Thread Together Van – regular visits from the Thread Together Van providing free and low-cost clothing for students struggling to make ends meet. Visit the OASIS website for more information – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/thread-together-van-free-clothes/  X

Flinders Mates – Connecting Australian and International students for conversation and fun times – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/flinders-mates/ X

A Common Table – celebrating religious and cultural diversity through a shared meal and conversation – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/a-common-table/ X



Programs run by others that have a productivity/wellbeing focus

Learning Lounge – One-to-one advice about various aspects of study (assignments, writing, referencing, grammar, self-editing, maths) – https://students.flinders.edu.au/study-support/slc/learning-lounge.

Studiosity – draft assignment feedback and one-to-one assistance with study skills – https://students.flinders.edu.au/study-support/slc/studiosity. 

PSYC1108 The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving – an elective topic that focuses on evidence-based strategies that increase resilience and the successful achievement of academic, personal, and professional goals – https://www.flinders.edu.au/webapps/stusys/index.cfm/topic/main?topic=PSYC1108.

‘Like A Boss’ – video series starring Dr Lauren Butterworth that addresses all aspects of student life, with tips and tricks on how to study ‘like a boss’ – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-news/category/like-a-boss/

Finding your way at Flinders – a FLO topic for first year students with a focus on helping you develop the skills to succeed – https://flo.flinders.edu.au/course/view.php?id=38883


Events run by OASIS

Oasis will be leading events around the university marking these important days and weeks. Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus, most on-campus events have been cancelled. Fingers crossed we can re-launch these events for 2021.

RUOK Day (September) – a national day of action encouraging us all to check in on our friends, family, and peers – https://www.ruok.org.au/

NAIDOC Week (July) – NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – https://www.naidoc.org.au/

National Sorry Day (July) – National Sorry Day marks the anniversary of the tabling in Federal Parliament of the Bringing Them Home Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, on 26 May 1997.

University Mental Health Week (May) – bringing together the university community to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. Mental health promotion activities will run throughout that week.

Harmony Week (March)- a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism – https://www.harmony.gov.au/ X


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