HCD and Oasis Wellbeing Programs (October 2021) ๐Ÿ“…


Updated for October 2021! – including a quick note about Mental Health Month (October) – see bottom of post.

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. You might also find it useful to sign up to Oasis Online where we track even more wellbeing programs and resources.

Because the type of help you need might not be related to wellbeing, remember also to visit https://students.flinders.edu.au/support which is the central source of information about all Flinders Student Services which covers health, wellbeing, study, learning, financial support, enrolment, course information, admin, technology, careers, employment, security and international and Indigenous students. ๐Ÿ’ป

Got a question about the programs we run? Feel free to email gareth.furber@flinders.edu.au with your questions ๐Ÿ“ฉ

If you see a program that is greyed out (or with red text) that means the program is currently on hold.


HCDS and OASIS Programs

Programs that are running currently are listed first.

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/ (bookings essential) ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ – kicking back off on the August 17th

Meditation – two weekly meditation sessions @ Oasis led by one of the Oasis team – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/meditation-for-relaxation-and-stress-relief/ – can access either face-to-face (at the Oasis Centre) or online via Oasis Online.

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-2/ (an online introductory session is also now available on Oasis Online). – kicks back off again in Septemberย 

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/ ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿฅ’ – kicking back off on the 19th August.ย ย 

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

Good Vibes Experiment – a student-led campaign encouraging students to add wellbeing-focused activities to their everyday life – https://students.flinders.edu.au/uni-life/goodvibes – new edition Activity Books now available, order via this link – https://qualtrics.flinders.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_cwKtWWsQVWEbTFk

Shut Up and Study Sessions – virtual coworking sessions, held in Collaborate where you can get work done, but in the calming and motivating presence of others doing the same thing. Running Mondays and Thursdays at the moment with more dates to be announced soon ๐Ÿ™‚ – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-health-and-well-being/2021/08/04/shut-up-and-study-sessions-are-launching-in-august-be-there/

Conversation Groups – Conversation groups are fun and informal conversation sessions led by an Oasis Chaplain on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The focus is getting students together for a chat and to check in and talk about whichever topic comes up! Great for those who are feeling a little bit socially isolated. Also a great opportunity to practice your English (if itโ€™s your second language). The groups are for all students. Feel free to come and go during the hour – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/conversation-groups/ ๐Ÿ—ฃ – back up and running, some online and some face-to-face

Oasis Volunteer program – improve student wellbeing by helping out the Oasis Team deliver their programs and events – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/oasis-volunteer-program/

Forest Walks – gentle walks in the nature surrounding the Bedford Park and Sturt Campus, led by Chaplain Dave – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/forest-walks/ย ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŽ‹

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 blogย  – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-health-and-well-being/2021/03/01/mental-fitness-intro/ ย A new Mental Fitness Handout is now available.ย 

Self-help libraryย – we’ve created a range ofย handoutsย on various wellbeing related topics. You can access theseย online, or visit us at the Student Centre, Level 3 to get hard copies. ๐Ÿ“š

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/ย ๐Ÿšš

Oasis Online – a FLO topic where you can access online versions of programs and resources offered by Oasis – https://flo.flinders.edu.au/course/view.php?id=63157 (log into FLO first and then visit and enrol in the topic) – now updated for 2021 and providing links and information on many of the wellbeing programs being offered around the university, not just Oasis programs.

Prayer Room – prayer rooms around the different campuses – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/prayer-room-opening-times/ย ๐Ÿ™

Be Well Plan – a 5 x 2-hour program that teaches you how to develop your own mental health and wellbeing plan, led by counsellors from HCD. To register your interest, contact gareth.furber@flinders.edu.au. Learn more about the program here – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-health-and-well-being/2021/03/30/opportunity-to-do-the-be-well-program/ย 

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. A Semester 2, online evening program has just been announced. ย You can also do a self-guided version of this online at Oasis Online: https://flo.flinders.edu.au/course/view.php?id=63157ย ย 

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/


Programs/resources run by others that have a productivity/wellbeing focus

Attention rural and remote health students! – Dr Andrew McLelland is a Senior Lecturer on Mental Health for the Centre for Remote Health. The programs he is involved in and write/facilitate within are:

  • The final day (Self-Care) of the Framing Indigenous Health Program (5-day intensive). Itโ€™s also part of TRAN and the topic REM8001
  • Tailor-made programs for organisations on self-care and wellbeing (or other topics on my workshops list)
  • Self-care programs for students, particularly the medical students.

Many of his most recommended self-care resources are captured in this document.

Learning Lounge โ€“ 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 โ€“ draft assignment feedback and one-to-one assistance with study skills – https://students.flinders.edu.au/study-support/slc/studiosity.ย 

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

Student Support Directory – a comprehensive list of all the supports available to students, across a range of different topics –ย  https://students.flinders.edu.au/support

Flinders Sport and Fitness – gym, allied health, wellness, sport and fitness services and programs – https://www.onesportandfitness.com.au/


Events run by OASIS

Oasis will be leading events around the university marking these important days and weeks.

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

Mental Health Month (October) – stick close to Oasis Social media (Facebook and Instagram) for activities happening on campus and online during Mental Health Month (October 2021). Includes giveaways and competitions!

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


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