Physical and mental wellbeing is a vital component 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.

Free ANU Fitness Centre membership

Free membership to the ANU Fitness Centre is offered to every Scholar. 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.

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.


Batyr is a for purpose organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health. In 2016, led by Scholars involved in Batyr at ANU, we held the first Tuckwell Batyr workshop aimed at first year students. Our association with Batyr will continue into the future with a number of workshops proposed for Scholars in 2017.

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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