Health and wellbeing at USQ
USQ is committed to providing a healthy place of work and study for our employees and students. The Health and Wellbeing Framework and Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2016 - 2020 indicates our aims to create a healthy work and learning environment.
The USQ Health and Wellbeing Strategy provides a framework to support the University's commitment to providing a coordinated, holistic approach to staff and student wellness. The seven areas of health and wellbeing expressed in the Framework include professional, emotional, social, cultural, organisational, psychological and physical.
To embrace the Health and Wellbeing framework, USQ offers a range of health and wellbeing initiatives for staff and students. A summary of these initiatives include:
Choosing a career at the University of Southern Queensland can provide employees with a wide variety of benefits and options to make your life easier. To support a healthy and balanced lifestyle, USQ offers the following employee benefits:
Corporate health programThe USQ Fit and Well Corporate Health Program provides free membership and access to all group classes to eligible USQ employees
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program provides free confidential counselling for employees and their families through employeeAssist®, with a separate program available for managers and supervisors, managerAssist®. eapdirect® provides online resources on a range of issues impacting individuals.
Professional DevelopmentThrough the HR Staff Development Program a number of training programs assist employees, managers and supervisors with providing a healthy, mentally fit workplace. An example of programs available include Mindfulness, Developing Resilience and Optimism, Emotional Intelligence at Work and Managing Conflict at Work. There are a range of additional training programs that support the development of a positive workplace. A range of other employee benefits are also available for staff. For more information about employee benefits, please visit the HR website .
USQ offers a range of health and wellbeing activities to students to improve health and help them thrive in their studies, this includes:
Student Services enhances the University experience through empowering students to thrive personally, academically, and professionally. The Service commits to this objective through the delivery of a suite of personalised services and programs to enrich the student learning journey. Such services include, but are not limited to, counselling, Mental Health First Aid training, welfare, careers, disability support, health, financial support and multi-faith.
HealthyU is an initiative designed to provide the University community with accessible services about health and wellbeing. The three key objectives of HealthyU are to:
- improve health literacy amongst the USQ community,
- encourage help-seeking behaviour, and
- support USQ community members to perform positive health behaviours
Social Hub is an Australian university first that was launched in June 2014 and celebrated with a VIP event for USQ's social media super-users. Social Hub is a free website that houses content related to lifestyle factors that can impact on student success, including health and wellbeing. Social Hub aggregates content from University of Southern Queensland's (USQ) social media portfolio in the form of video, photo galleries, blog articles, slide presentations, playlists and editions of HeyU.
For more information about health and wellbeing support for students, please visit the Student Services website.
The USQ Health Service is a confidential, accessible, and affordable health service available to current students and staff. Services include:
- Doctor appointments
- Nurse practitioner appointments
- Pathology services
For more information please visit the USQ Health Service website .
USQ Works provides a professional and friendly environment to begin an active lifestyle, and can be found on campus at Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield. For more information please visit the USQ Works website.
End of trip facilities
End of trip cycling facilities are available free of charge for staff and students at Toowoomba and Springfield campus. For more information please visit the Campus Services website.
USQ Multi-faith services
USQ recognises the diversity of religious beliefs represented among its students and staff, and respects the importance of spirituality to good health and wellbeing. For more information please visit the Multi-faith website.