What is a chaplain?
We’re committed to supporting you with a diversity of cultural, religious and non-religious backgrounds and aim to promote interfaith conversation and collaboration wherever possible. We have staff from Anglican, Catholic and Islamic backgrounds who can offer pastoral support to students and staff.
Pastoral support does not assume a religious background. A conversation might be quite informal. Many people find that through the process of pastoral support, they gain clarity on problems and discern new possibilities. Pastoral support might include conversations about grief and loss, life direction, relationships or choice of studies.
A chaplain can provide you with compassion, care and listening. Our services are available for all students, regardless of your religious or non-religious affiliation.
Support you can receive includes:
- pastoral care
- help making life direction/vocational decisions
- help with issues of interpretation of sacred texts, such as the Bible
- fostering a lifelong exploration in spirituality
- contributing to community building, equity, justice and peace-making on the UWA campuses and colleges
- having a neutral person in the reconciliation of conflict (restorative justice)
- encouraging interfaith relationships to combat ignorance, build shared understanding and build peace
UWA chaplains also assist in their church communities and the wider community off-campus. In addition to our chaplains, we have many other supportive and spiritually respectful groups, including Guild clubs and societies.
Our chaplains can also help you work through spiritual questions and we can make referrals to relevant religious communities, on-campus faith groups and prayer services. Your spiritual life includes finding what it takes to make a difference, to be part of a community, to be the change you want to see, and even to be able to see it in the first place.
It also includes big-picture philosophical and theological concerns, such as:
- your values
- the vision for life that you are prepared to live for
- whom you trust and how you know
- your measures of integrity and identity
- what motivates you and brings you meaning and purpose
- where joy comes from
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