All people have a valuable contribution to make to our work and learning communities, and all people have a right to participate fully in work and learning opportunities. As an organisation we strive to consider and provide effective solutions to enable full participation by all members of our university community, and encourage healthy and balanced working conditions.
As an employer and education provider, we have legal obligations contained within the Disability Discrimination Act.
It may be that you have a permanent disability or health condition, or that you are experiencing restricted mobility or other impact due to a temporary health condition. There are reasonable adjustments and supports that can be put in place to ensure that you are able to participate and contribute fully in your job and to ensure your needs are met. You should discuss your situation with your direct line manager to identify possible adjustments. Your People and Wellbeing Business Partner and Safety and Wellbeing Advisor can support you and your manager/supervisor through this process.
This information may also be relevant to your situation:
- Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) (PDF 58KB)
- Assistance Animals (PDF 357KB)
- Accessible Parking
"The reality is that for the vast majority of people with a mental illness, openness and conversations do help employees, employers and workmates to contribute through meaningful and successful employment. We need to have a goal for our society to make it acceptable for individuals to talk about mental health in the workplace and to make it ok to seek help when they need it, without fear or stigma." Mental Health Council of Australia CEO Frank Quinlan
It is important our staff feel supported and safe to speak to their colleagues and managers if they need to; and for our managers/supervisors to feel competent in their skills to support staff.
Below are some relevant organisations and resources:
- Mental Health Council of Australia
- Mental Health in Multicultural Australia
- Black Dog Institute
- The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
- Excellent Online self-paced capacity building programs for the Workplace from Beyond Blue
- Supporting staff members with a mental Health condition: a practical guide for managers AHRC publication
Supporting Students with Disability Requirements and Health Conditions
There are a number of ways that as a staff member, you are able to enable the full participation of a student with disability requirements or health conditions, whether they be temporary or permanent. Below are a few strategies and services available within UTAS:
- Disability Advisers for Students within the Student Centre are able to assist staff wanting to know more as to how to best support a student with a disability or health condition.
- The Personal Counselling Service is a free service offered by UTAS to Students.
- The Desk is a resource develop by Beyond Blue specifically to provide tertiary students with strategies and skills for success and wellbeing during their time at university or TAFE.
- Creating Accessible Teaching and Support (CATS) is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded initiative developed to support staff to provide equitable access to university education for students with disability (permanent or temporary), while maintaining academic standards. This is an excellent resource and the University endorses its use.
- Our Current Students web page also has a number of Fact Sheets that provide useful information and tips.
- Australian Disability Clearinghouse for Education and Training (ADCET) provides up to date and comprehensive information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities in post-secondary education and training.
- National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO) A wealth of information and useful links about disability issues in education and training in Tasmania.
Additional relevant and useful resources
- Work Health and Safety Advisors and People and Wellbeing Business Partners
- Personal Counselling
- Staff Counselling Services and Employee Assistance Program
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Australian Human Rights Commission
- Opening All Options II – A web-based resource for the Higher Education sector covering learning disabilities and related conditions. Whether you are an academic, a disability liaison officer, a learning skills adviser, a staff developer or a student with a learning disability, this resource will provide you with a wealth of information
- People with a Disability - a national disability rights and advocacy organisation, with useful resources
- International Day of People with Disability