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Wellbeing Week 2019

Wellbeing week

UTAS and the Mental Health Council of Tasmania cordially invite you to participate from 7 – 11 October in Wellbeing Week 2019 which is being held in conjunction with Mental Health Week 2019. Below is a calendar of events occurring across the Week, open to all UTAS students and staff.
Each of the days of Wellbeing Week will be themed with one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing - Connect | Be Active | Take Notice | Keep Learning | Give.


Headshot of Professor Margaret Otlowski

At the University of Tasmania, we recognise the clear link between wellbeing and student success. The University is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of its students and staff, cognisant of the fact that a safe, supportive and healthy environment enhances the University experience for everyone.

To mark Wellbeing Week for 2019 (7 to 11 October) Student Wellbeing, in collaboration with the UTAS Counselling Team, the TUU and other stakeholders, have organised a broad range of wellbeing-focussed events across our multiple campuses, which will be delivered by students, staff and a range of community health and wellbeing services.  I would urge students and staff to participate in these events, which are designed around the key research-based themes of the Five Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active. Off-campus students are urged to view a range of electronic resources promoting the Five Ways to Wellbeing on the Student Wellbeing page, which will also be updated with material relating to Wellbeing Week 2019 activity.

All the best to you all for Wellbeing Week!

Professor Marg Otlowski, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture and Wellbeing)


Invitations are extended across the University for students and staff to run activities linked to these themes.

The 2019 theme for Mental Health Week, ‘Mental Health: We all have a role to play’, is a simple message with the aim to encourage everyone to support each other to look after and maintain their mental health and build a resilient community.

The concept behind the theme is for you to:

  • Check in on your own mental health
  • Check in on a friend
  • Check in on a neighbour
  • Check in on what’s happening in your community
  • Check in for a mental health check up with a GP

UTAS would also like to remind you that personal counselling is available to students at Student Wellbeing, and for staff through EAP. Community resources like Mental Health Services Helpline (1800 332 388) and Lifeline (13 11 14) are also available for anyone concerned about their mental health.

Check out the events on offer

Terms and Conditions for Wellbeing Week 2019 event idea submissions.


2019 Events:


Monday, 7 October


Inveresk: Architecture and Design

  • Join Penny Allen at 1pm for an Inveresk Design Forum 'eating our way to extinction?' in the Rory Spence VOS Construction Lecture Theatre.  Download the Design Forum flyer (PDF 297.1KB) for more information.

Launceston: Australian Maritime College (AMC) on the grassed area in front of the Swanson Building, 11:30am - 1:00pm

  • The Australian Maritime College Student Association (AMCSA), and the College and Student Wellbeing will host a BBQ and a range of activities including giant Jenga, giant connect 4 and wooden quoits and other activities for student games and there will be bean bags for student relaxation/connection.
  • Be sure to visit the Wellbeing Stall hosted by the Student Wellbeing team.

Salamanca: IMAS  in the ground floor flexible spaces, 12:00 noon - 1:00pm

  • Join a move, breathe and stretch session and come away with tips for the workplace. No active wear required, and a fruit platter will be provided.

Sandy Bay Campus:

  • Join the Counselling team’s Mindfulness Group for Wellbeing at 9:30am in the Underground Room (the PASS room located underneath the Morris Miller Library) at the Sandy Bay campus.
  • Get connected with CoSE, have a shoulder massages on Level 1 of the Engineering Building from 3 pm to 4:30 pm to register for your shoulder massage.

Tuesday, 8 October


Melville Street Student Accommodation

  • Join the Counselling team’s Mindfulness Group for Wellbeing at 4:15 pm in the Level 5 Conference Room. This session will be run again at the same time the following week, on 15 October.

Newnham Campus: Queen Elizabeth Walk, 11:30am - 2:00pm

  • Get involved and visit the Wellbeing Fair hosted by the Student Wellbeing Team with its wellbeing stall, wellbeing activities and prizes including Unigym free yoga passes.  External providers Anglicare, Women’s Legal Service, My Heart on Me, Wellways, Headspace and Stroke Foundation will be on hand to provide  support and advice.
  • Participate in the filming of Wellbeing Week events and activities
  • TUU have organised music and will host a BBQ and Stress Less Day activities including hand/neck massage.
  • Join David Lees from the School of Health Sciences for a 20-minute Mindfulness Meditation Session in Room N205 from 12 noon.
  • Be sure to join in on the School of Rural Health’s scavenger hunt (which will focus on social connection, teamwork and involve activities to promote being active, to learn and take notice. Download the scavenger hunt flyer (PDF 186.0KB).
  • A UTAS sustainability stall will promote and encourage:
    • sustainability generally
    • Green Impact
    • Ride to Work Day
    • students to sign up to the Sustainability Bulletin

Sandy Bay Campus: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

  • Look out for Riawunna’s banner on campus letting everyone know where the event will be held. A patrula/fire pit will be used to welcome guests and cleanse the mind, body and soul (piliti/good spirit). Participants will be invited in to create a banner, to write or draw how people are connecting and being active for their wellbeing (How I Connect/How I be Active/How I take Notice/How I am Learning/How I am Giving?)
  • From 11:30 am – 1:30pm join the UTASLife Team’s refresh session in the student lounge.
  • Please join the Wellbeing team for a “You Can’t Ask That” Mental Health & Wellbeing themed Panel Discussion 1:30-2:30 in the Activities Centre, top floor of the TUU Building.
  • Be active with CoSE, join in the yoga class at the Unigym in the aerobics room from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  Register for yoga.

Wednesday, 9 October


Cradle Coast Campus: Building D, 11:00am - 12:30pm

  • Get involved in the activities and visit the Wellbeing Stall.
  • Riawunna will host a wellbeing networking event around the five ways to wellbeing in the Welcome Lounge.  This event aims to connect students with the broader University community on the Cradle Coast campus and to encourage a sense of belonging. There will be some food and mental health resources available.
  • Participate in the filming of Wellbeing Week events and activities.
  • Take notice and join the TUU team from 11:30am to 1:30pm and listen to music, have a massage and get involved with the Build-a-Burger BBQ in the cafe and courtyard area.

Darlinghurst Campus: Foyer, 11:00am - 2:00pm

  • Come and make your own pedal powered smoothies. Take a break to get active and make a delicious drink – bring a classmate and test who can blend the fastest!

Inveresk Campus: in front of the School of Architecture

  • Be sure to visit the Student Wellbeing stall, and get involved in the activities and games including giant twister and jenga from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Inveresk Social and UTAS Life will host a BBQ and activities from 11am to 2pm and there will be music and a BBQ hosted by
  • Participate in the filming of Wellbeing Week events and activities.

Newnham Campus:  Riawunna, 11:00am - 12:30pm

  • Participants to gather at the patrula/fire pit at Riawunna and create a yarning circle (will invite participants to take off their shoes if they would like).
  • As people arrive, they will be given a leaf with one of the 5 ways to wellbeing written on it.
  • A briefing of the significance of a yarning circle will be shared.
  • A briefing of how fire is used in our Aboriginal communities to heal and purify will be shared.
  • People will be invited to briefly share their experience/stories/strategies of their journey of wellbeing.
  • A short activity of a mindfulness breathing activity – followed by any person who would like to use the patrula/fire (smoke) to cleanse the mind, body and soul (piliti/good spirits)

Rozelle Campus: Student Lounge, 10:00am - 3:00pm

  • Come and make your own pedal powered smoothies. Take a break to get active and make a delicious drink – bring a classmate and test who can blend the fastest!

Sandy Bay: Engineering Building, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

  • Take notice and get involved with CoSE, and join their origami and colouring in session.
  • Take notice and be part of TUU's Don’t Worry Be Happy Day in the TUU lounge area from 11am to 2pm. See more information on the TUU Facebook event page

Thursday 10 October


Sandy Bay: Morris Miller Library Breezeway and Lazenby’s forecourt, 11:00am - 2:00pm

  • Before the activities commence, please join the UTAS Counselling Team’s Mindfulness Group for Wellbeing at 10:30am in the Underground Room (the PASS room located underneath the Morris Miller Library) at the Sandy Bay campus.
  • The TUU has organised a BBQ and invite you to join them for vox pop interviews.
  • Come and visit the counselling team for some wellbeing themed activities. Walk the labyrinth & cuddle some bunnies or learn a new skill at our wellbeing themed swing dance.
  • Representatives from Flourish Tasmania and SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY will be on hand to provide advice and support.
  • Participate in the filming of Wellbeing Week events and activities.
  • Keep learning and get involved in CoSE’s cultural sharing quiz from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Level 1 of the Engineering Building.  Prizes will be awarded.

Hunter Street:  Tasmanian College of the Arts

  • Join in the humming meditation circle at 4pm in the downstairs sound studio.

Friday, 11 October


Sandy Bay Campus

  • Join the Counselling team’s Mindfulness Group for Wellbeing at 1:30pm in the Underground Room (the PASS room located underneath the Morris Miller Library) at the Sandy Bay campus.
  • Give by getting involved in CoSE’s discussion on volunteering from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in Room 313 of the Engineering Building.

Conservatorium of Music

  • At 12pm join the UTASLife Team’s refresh session.

Activities across our campuses in October linked to Wellbeing Week

Medical Sciences Precinct

  • The Tasmanian Union of Medical Students’ Society is running Blue Week from 7 to 11 October, including a yoga session on Friday, 11 October from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the Medical Sciences Precinct.