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University can be a challenging time of first experiences and exciting possibilities. Having a healthy, balanced lifestyle will help you reach your goals and have fun while studying. UWA’s Health Promotion team can show you how to get the most out of your time at uni, by offering the opportunity to upskill and gain knowledge in various areas across health and wellbeing to improve the lives of yourself and your peers, build resilience and reach your fullest potential.
- Gain knowledge and skills in health and wellbeing topics.
- Network with like-minded students and make new friends.
- Get a competitive edge for your future.
- Volunteering adds to your résumé and experience.
- All volunteer hours are transcript-recognised.
- Have the satisfaction that your work has contributed to the overall health of UWA students and members of the wider UWA community.
How much time do I have to contribute?
How often you can volunteer is up to you. Commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis or participate in one-off activities and events around campus throughout the year.
Will I get training?
Yes. Our volunteers are provided with training and support to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to contribute to projects.
When is training held?
Peer Educator training is run twice a year and prepares new volunteers to deliver activities around alcohol, mental health, sexual health and healthy relationships.
What is involved?
Most Peer Educators volunteer at outreach events on campus and at the residential colleges throughout semester. At these events, you might provide alcohol education or information about healthy relationships. Office-based opportunities are also available to help plan and evaluate health promotion programs.
You can also expand your skills by undertaking Brief Alcohol Intervention Training (see Training and workshops) or sharing your experiences with others.
Lived Experience Project
The Lived Experience Project sees volunteers share their lived experiences of mental illness and personal challenges with other students in a safe and supportive way. In this project, you’ll receive training to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence in sharing your personal stories safely. Volunteers are also provided with additional support and recognition on their academic transcript for contributions made to the project.
Trained speakers are invited to share their stories at forums such as Mental Health First Aid Training, Mental Health Awareness Workshops or other awareness events around campus.
Before joining the Lived Experience Project, you’ll need to discuss your readiness to share your experiences with a health professional. For more information about the project, contact the Health Promotion team.
Mental Health First Aid
Learn how to support someone developing, or with, a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. This course covers understanding the nature of depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and psychosis; recognising signs and symptoms of common mental health problems; responding appropriately to a mental health crisis; and promoting and assisting others to access support in the community.
Complete the accredited training via a 12-hour face-to-face course or with the combination of online learning and a half-day workshop.
Mental Health Awareness and Resilience Workshop
This workshop contains two modules: Mental Health Awareness, and Staying Well While Studying. Module 1 looks at common mental health problems in Australia, and provides information about services on and off campus. Module 2 discusses the importance of wellbeing while studying, and identifies practical strategies to cope with study-related stress and improve wellbeing. Request a Mental Health Awareness Workshop for your group.
Step Up Bystander Training
This workshop explores the importance of being an ethical bystander to create a safe and supportive UWA community. The practical 2.5-hour session will:
- cover the reasons why we often don't intervene in problem situations to support others
- explore the pros and cons of helping
- explore the practical use of the Step Up Action Plan to safely help others or call out disrespectful behaviour
If you would like to attend a session, express your interest via the following form:
Brief Alcohol Intervention Training (BAIT)
Available to Peer Educators, this course teaches you how to provide alcohol assessments, feedback and advice to your peers.
During the four-hour course, you’ll learn how to conduct individual face-to-face interventions using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and motivational interviewing principles. This training provides the skills to support others to set goals for changing their drinking. Training sessions are conducted twice a year, usually during semester breaks. For more information on alcohol consumption, see Need help?
Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Do you feel confident to support other students who have experienced sexual violence? Do you know how to best respond and where to refer the person for support if needed?
Developed in collaboration with higher education experts and service providers, Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence is an interactive and comprehensive course for first responders. It’ll help you develop the skills to respond appropriately, empathetically and confidently.
The course helps you:
- demonstrate an awareness of the issues and initiatives available around sexual violence, both in universities and in wider society
- define what constitutes consent and identify the legal definitions of sexual offences in Western Australia
- dispel common myths and misconceptions around sexual violence
- explain the different support and reporting options available
- demonstrate best practices for responding to a disclosure and apply these in line with UWA policies, procedures and services
- recognise when you (the responder) may need support in dealing with a disclosure
Although all members of the UWA community are welcome to complete this free course, frontline student leaders and student support staff are particularly encouraged to complete it.
Instructions to enrol
- Log into UWA Blackboard LMS using your Pheme login details.
- Click on the Units tab at the top of the LMS.
- In the Organisational Search field, type in the words 'Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence' and click Go.
- Click the drop-down menu that appears next to Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence organisational ID, and select Enrol.
- Click the Submit button.
You’ll now be able to access the Responding to Disclosures organisation from your My Organisations module on the front page of LMS.
The course takes about 90 minutes, and you'll receive a certificate of completion once you’ve completed the participant evaluation and all four core modules. Click Next past the Reference pages to generate the certificate.
Are you a member of the UWA community or College Row who does not have access to Blackboard LMS? Contact the Health Promotion Unit for instructions on accessing the course.
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Support for clubs and societies
The Health Promotion team provides funding opportunities for clubs and societies to run health and wellbeing initiatives through the UWA Local Drug Action Group (LDAG). The UWA LDAG consists of student and staff members, and works to develop, implement and evaluate strategies and programs that are relevant to the University community and are aimed at minimising the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs.
Are you interested in becoming a student member of the UWA LDAG?
Small Grant Scheme
STRIVE Project Grants
Student Condom Scheme
The UWA Local Drug Action Group (LDAG) Small Grant Scheme supports students to undertake activities that prevent and/or reduce hazardous or harmful alcohol and other drug use.
Apply for up to $500 per application to support alcohol or other drug-related initiatives.
Successful project grants must address at least one of the following:
- Prevent the use of alcohol or other drugs by students
- Reduce the risk of harm associated with alcohol or other drug use by students (harm minimisation)
- Raise awareness of alcohol and other drug-associated issues
- Raise awareness of alcohol and other drug or mental health support services on campus
- Satisfy a research need related to alcohol and other drugs within the UWA community
For more details, contact the Health Promotion team.
The UWA LDAG also provides STRIVE Project Grants for students to undertake activities that prevent and/or reduce hazardous and harmful alcohol and other drug use in the community.
Apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to support projects that target young adults, parents and families, or the community.
Previous successful applications have included the UWA Student Guild (Chill Out Zone furniture), the School of Indigenous Studies (sporting uniforms), Brief Alcohol Intervention program boxes for colleges, and Trinity College for a Harm Minimisation project. If you have a great idea, get in touch with us to see if you meet the requirements.
All applications must be supported by the LDAG Committee and minuted at a bimonthly meeting prior to submission. For more details, contact the Health Promotion team.
The Health Promotion Unit and WA AIDS Council provide condoms to the UWA community via the Student Condom Scheme.
UWA student groups, clubs or societies can request condoms for distribution in common rooms and at student events. Requests can be made every 3 months.
To be eligible for condoms, you must:
- Be a current UWA student or staff member
- Represent a UWA student group, club or society
- Submit your request at least 2 weeks before the condoms are required
- Display health support service information with your condom supply
- Agree to ensure that the condoms are distributed within their expiry period; any expired condoms must be destroyed
- Collect the condoms from a specified location in Student Central
For more information on the Student Condom Scheme, contact the Health Promotion Unit on 6488 3173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Make a request