Wellbeing and Performance Programs being delivered in 2024 📅


We’re always busy in the Student Life Lab working out what wellbeing and productivity programs to run. There are always the classics (e.g. Studyology) but often also new programs and seminars (e.g. ADHD support group + Life Hacks). This blog post is constantly updated as new information becomes available. Last updated 4/7/24.


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

These are in addition to the healthcounsellingdisability, chaplaincy, and equal opportunity services that we already offer. See also our Quick Guide and Service Brochure

Wellbeing and performance programs are those that seek to provide you the tools and resources to improve your mental health, engage in self-improvement, enhance your sense of belonging and connection, increase resilience, reduce psychological distress, make being a student more pleasurable, increase your sense of confidence and capability, improve academic outcomes, and find meaning and purpose in your studies. A given program may impact one or more of these areas.

Some of our programs are focused on your own self-development. Others, such as Mental Health First Aid are focused on giving you the knowledge, skills and opportunities to help your peers.

In a similar way to how Careers and Horizon awards provide opportunities to build career-ready skills, we deliver programs that help you build important self-development and improvement skills. And we also promote the programs of others that have a wellbeing focus.

Some programs are run just a few times each year. Others are delivered continuously throughout the year.

 

First up we have our programs that are delivered only at selected times and to which you will have to sign-up/RSVP……..  

ADHD 101 Support Group – transformative 10-week journey designed for students with ADHD. Discover your unique strengths, conquer study challenges, and foster a supportive community. From organization to emotional regulation, we’ll equip you with strategies for success. Register now and embark on your path to academic excellence!

Mindfulness for Academic Success – an evidence-based wellbeing program designed for university students that teaches you how to use mindfulness to: reduce stress and anxiety, improve focus, stop procrastinating, communicate more effectively, study and work more efficiently (and with more enjoyment). Multi-session and single drop-in session versions available. Learn more about the program and sign up here.

Procrastination Mailing List – brief insights on different ways to tackle procrastination, delivered via email every few weeks. Learn more here.

Be Well Plan – a 5 x 2-hour program (or 1 x 6 hour) that teaches you how to develop your own mental health and wellbeing plan. Register your interest in doing this program in Semester 2, 2024 by completing this registration form. You’ll be notified when training dates are announced. Typically delivered online so good for students from any campus or studying entirely online. Learn more about the program here.

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. Learn more about the program here. To register your interest in doing this program email gareth.furber@flinders.edu.au with your FAN, student number and subject line ‘Studyology’. You’ll be notified when training dates are announced. THE CURRENT PLAN IS TO DELIVER THIS PROGRAM IN SEMESTER 2. There is also a Studyology distribution list you can join, where I send out regular procrastination and productivity related tips and resources.

Wellbeing Ambassador Program – Volunteer to lead wellbeing related events around the university and support the wellbeing of your peers. Also get dedicated wellbeing and mental health training as part of the role – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/wellbeing-ambassador-program/

Mental Health First Aid – Current sessions for Semester 2 are full, but you can join the waiting list.

 

Next, we have the programs that are run throughout the year where you can join anytime……  

Life Hacks Drop In Sessions – Practical tools, techniques and strategies, based on principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to improve your wellbeing and academic performance – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-health-and-well-being/2024/02/07/life-hacks-drop-in-sessions/

Flinders Mates – Student-led informal conversations connecting Australian and International students for cultural exchange, meeting new people and making friends. Sessions are 12pm to 1pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Oasis – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/flinders-mates/

Mindful Moments – Drop-in brief mindfulness meditation sessions at the City campus – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-health-and-well-being/2024/03/08/discover-mindful-moments-at-our-city-campus/

Winter Warmers – Free delicious soup at Oasis available Wednesdays from 12pm to 1pm – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/winter-warmer-free-soup-back-at-oasis-on-tuesdays/ 🥣

Midday Meditation – two weekly meditation sessions @ Oasis led by one of the Oasis team – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/meditation-for-relaxation-and-stress-relief/ 🧘🏽‍♂️

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/ 🥑🥕🥗🥔🥒

Forest Walks – Join Chaplain Dave for a walk through Bedford Park’s wonderful pine forest – https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/student-health-and-well-being/2024/03/01/boost-your-wellbeing-with-forest-walks/ 🌲🌳

Conversation Groups – Conversation groups are fun and informal conversation sessions led by an Oasis Chaplain on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-2 (and informally on Thursdays as well). 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 it’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/ 🗣

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/

Prayer Rooms – prayer rooms around the different campuses – https://oasis.flinders.edu.au/prayer-room-opening-times/ 🙏

Mindfulness for Academic Success – similar content to the program described above but delivered in sessions where you can just drop in. Oasis Centre on Tuesdays from 12pm to 12.50pm.

 

Next are resources that you can access anytime because they are digital, pre-recorded or printed……….

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. Learn about the tactics that you can use to foster positive mental health. Live life according to Good Vibes principles.

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. 📚

Student Health and Wellbeing Blog – you are reading it at the moment. A collection of articles on different wellbeing topics. New content added weekly.

 

Finally, are some programs and resources that are offered by our partners around the university that have a wellbeing/performance focus…

Student Success and Wellbeing Advisors – “Our team of Student Success & Wellbeing Advisors (SSWA) is here to help you succeed, both academically and personally. We want to help you find your own path to success, and we’ll work with you to overcome any challenges you’re facing. No matter where you are in your studies, our SSWAs can offer personalised support and information to help you navigate life at Flinders.”

Horizon – Horizon have announced their professional development events and workshops for Semester 1, 2024. A great mix of training encompassing productivity, time management, teamwork, critical thinking, feedback, communication, conflict resolution, resilience and much more.

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. 

Student Learning Support Service – “provides one-to-one study support online or in-person, workshops to help you develop your academic skills, and a wide range of online study resources accessible anytime” – https://students.flinders.edu.au/support/slss

Academic Advocacy @ FUSA – Academic Advocates are available to all currently enrolled students of Flinders University and the service is free, independent and confidential.  – https://fusa.edu.au/academic-advocacy/

Financial advocacy @ FUSA – Financial Counsellors are available on campus to provide information and assistance on all things financial and can help you find ways to improve your financial situation – https://fusa.edu.au/financial-advocacy/

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’ – a video series built during COVID lockdowns 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 2024 – a FLO topic for first year students with a focus on helping you develop the skills to succeed. Check it out at the link.

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

 

EPSW have 4 topics run at either the undergraduate or graduate certificate level to build your skills in mental health and wellbeing. You can either take them as electives or taken together these form a Certificate in Mental Health and Wellbeing (Workplace and Community) or Graduate Certificate in Leading Mental Health and Wellbeing (Workplace or Community). https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/psychology/mental-health-wellbeing

  • WELL1001/8001 is designed for understanding the foundations of mental health and wellbeing at work and in communities. 
  • WELL1002/8002 is designed for you to build skills to develop your own mental health and wellbeing.
  • WELL1003/8003 is designed to help you with your responsibilities and skills supporting the mental health and wellbeing of others, and practical skills like having coaching conversations, managing distress, and working with critical incidents.
  • WELL1004/8004 is designed to give you the knowledge and tools you need to lead a healthier workplace or community organisation using a whole-of-system approach.

 


Because dates, times and programs change, I recommend that you subscribe to the HCDS newsletter to get updates on these programs throughout the year. Once per week, you’ll get an email updating you on these programs as well as articles on related topics.

You may also find it useful to follow Oasis who are on Facebook and Instagram. They are often running stuff out of the Oasis Community Centre which they broadcast on social media.

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. 💻

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

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