Health and Wellbeing

Physical, mental and social wellbeing are vital components of achieving success at university. When your wellbeing is compromised, so too is your capacity to realise your potential, work productively, cope with the normal stresses of life and make a contribution to your community.

The Tuckwell Scholarship Program sees the importance of maintaining good health and wellbeing as part of your University life.

Health and Wellbeing Allowance

As part of the Scholarship, Tuckwell Scholars receive a Health and Wellbeing Allowance that can be redeemed in the form of either:

  • An ANU ANU Fitness Centre membership to allow Scholars to be supported in undertaking health and fitness activities. The ANU Fitness Centre is more than just a gym, offering a wide range of Les Mills classes, free weights, pin loaded machines, cardio equipment, kettle bells, functional equipment and Olympic weightlifting platforms. The ANU Fitness Centre is a safe, fun, non-intimidating sociable gym and work out environment, staffed by friendly and helpful trainers who can help students with their health and fitness goals.

  • Reimbursement to the value of $450.00 for health and wellbeing pursuits external to the ANU Fitness Centre. This may include covering membership, training and/or essential equipment costs for one of the 34 ANU Sport Clubs, not only encouraging physical health but allowing Scholars to upkeep their social wellbeing by immersing themselves in an inclusive sporting community. Scholars may also choose to use their reimbursement to cover the cost of membership, training and/or essential equipment costs for an external fitness or wellbeing activity.

Mental Health First Aid education

In 2016, the Tuckwell Scholarship launched its first Mental Health First Aid courses for Tuckwell Scholars. The Mental Health First Aid for Tertiary Students course teaches Scholars how to assist a fellow student who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. From 2017, the opportunity to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider through this training will be offered to all Scholars at various times each year. In doing so, we aim to improve the mental health literacy of Scholars and empower Scholars to know when and where to seek help, should they or a fellow student need it.

Pastoral care assistance

The Tuckwell Scholarship Program recognises that even high-achieving, motivated students can face personal challenges when it comes to things that may affect your physical and mental health. As such, there are a range of avenues by which Scholars might seek pastoral care support to help them navigate through difficult times.

If Scholars need assistance, their designated Fellow is a good first point of call. They are trained to help you where they can, and if appropriate, will encourage and support you to seek appropriate professional support, if you have not already, including services on campus such as the ANU Counselling Centre and University Health Service.  

The Head of Scholars House and the Program Director are also available as an alternative first point of contact for Scholars.

Whilst living in residence, Scholars will also have a team of student leaders and staff responsible for pastoral care. These individuals are a vital close-to-home resource, particularly after hours.

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