The Flinders Student Wellbeing Survey (which is still active – please participate!!) didn’t pop out of nowhere. It is one of a number of first steps that Flinders is taking towards its Wellbeing Strategic Plan. In this post learn a bit more about this plan and grab a copy. Reading time ~ 4 minutes.
You might not have woken up this morning thinking “I need to get my hands on the Flinders Whole-of-University Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2022-2025” but the fact that it exists is important.
Universities develop strategic/action plans across a range of areas. They reflect a commitment of the organisation to certain principles and courses of action in important areas.
For example, Flinders has their “Making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda” strategic plan which outlines the University’s vision and mission for the coming years. It has the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan which helps guide “Flinders University’s ongoing work to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community participation, retention and success in higher education and commits to celebrating Indigenous success and self determination.”
These plans are much more than words on a page. They are calls to action that members of the Flinders community then set about making happen with specific projects and initiatives.
So as someone with a professional stake in the wellbeing space, it is great to see Flinders starting to articulate where it wants to head in terms of looking after the wellbeing of its almost 30,000 strong community.
The Flinders Whole-of-University Wellbeing Strategic Plan 2022-2025 sets out 4 key objectives. Think of them as key areas for action.
- Better coordinate all the excellent wellbeing initiatives we have running here at Flinders and do this with students as partners.
- Ensure all students and staff have access to programs, tools, resources and training that enable them to target their own wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of those they work with.
- Improve staff and student’s sense of connection to each other.
- Continuously improve our programs and resources, drawing on the latest evidence in mental health and wellbeing.
Note: I’d like to highlight the work of Lydia Woodyatt, Jodie Zada and Mike Kyrios in making that strategic plan happen.
The newly created Wellbeing Working Group, which has representation from staff and students from across the university is the group responsible for activating and coordinating initiatives that achieve these objectives.
That group met for the first time on the 24th August 2022. I was there and was pleased to see such wide representation from across different parts of the university: college representatives, professional service representatives, academics, clinicians, lecturers, students. The meeting was confirmation that there is energy and enthusiasm around improving community wellbeing and that we have the people and projects to do so.
One of the important things to come out of that first meeting was the Flinders Student Wellbeing Survey. There is a good chance you’ve heard about this given the widespread promotion, but if you haven’t, we’re currently running a survey of student wellbeing to help us understand how better to deliver wellbeing supports. I strongly encourage you to participate in this anonymous survey. The more student voices we hear, the better we understand the resources and challenges students have.
The results of that survey – which will be shared with the Flinders community – are a first step in making Flinders a leader in the wellbeing space.