The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) team will be running the inaugural UOW Student Mental Health Survey from 27 September 2021 – 29 October 2021. Student mental health is important to us, and we are always looking for ways to learn more about how we can support our students and their needs, now and in the longer term.

The survey will be targeted at domestic students and international students enrolled in onshore study. UOW College students are not included in the target audience, however may respond if they come across the survey link.

Discussing or disclosing mental health issues and wellbeing may be uncomfortable for students, and some of the questions in the survey may bring up issues for some students. Therefore, it is important that UOW staff and support services are aware that this survey is happening and are fully prepared with staffing and appropriate training to support students in need.

The Students in distress document provides guidelines for staff and includes advice regarding how to access immediate assistance.  There is also a range of Student Mental Health resources and services, including one-on-one counselling, which can be accessed here.

It is important to remind staff that they have access to free support through LifeWorks, UOW’s confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling service provider. All UOW employees and members of their immediate family have access to qualified counsellors to assist with a range of work or personal issues.

The study is being conducted by UOW School of Psychology A/Prof Vida Bliokas on behalf of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students). The results of the Student Mental Health Survey will assist in improving our understanding of the mental wellbeing of UOW students and factors that may impact this. The results will also help provide recommendations about ways services and support can be tailored to the needs of UOW students. The results will be shared with the Student Mental Health Advisory Group and will also help to inform future strategy.