Wellbeing is the ability to feel good and function effectively in all aspects of our lives.

We thrive when we consistently feel and function well and are able to effectively manage the stresses and challenges that we encounter. However an individual’s wellbeing, whether physical or psychological, can fluctuate from time to time.

As such wellbeing can be considered along a continuum from poor to good. Even when we would normally rate our wellbeing highly we may find that some days we may feel depleted and tired, leading to frustration and not achieving what we want to do. Yet other days we are energetic, our physical health is good, our mental health is positive. This puts us in a good frame of mind and we able to achieve all that we want.

With this in mind, the Workplace Wellbeing Framework aims to build staff wellbeing so we all have more times feeling well and flourishing. However it is acknowledged that staff will have different health and wellbeing needs which are impacted by age, gender, ability, culture, family, work and illness. The University of Adelaide will provide staff access to information, training and assistance to build wellbeing and includes both mental and physical health.

The Workplace Wellbeing Framework is

  • Respectful of staff needs and requirements
  • Developed with integrity and collegiality to deliver a framework that meets individual staff needs
  • Committed to deliver quality activities and information that will assist in the further development of staff wellbeing
  • Consulted with staff to further explore approaches for future wellbeing learning activities

Note that not all activities and information may be suitable or needed by you at this time. However consider that these activities and information are part of your wellbeing pantry, you take out what you need for now. Try out different ideas. Let go of the ones that do not assist you and keep on with the ones that help. It is up to you what you try!

coping with change

Wellbeing@Adelaide - March 2021

The most recent Wellbeing @ Adelaide newsletter features some exciting new initiatives and events to build your wellbeing.

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Is it hay fever or COVID-19?

Not sure whether you have hay fever or COVID-19?

Compare the symptoms.

Find out more Wellbeing during COVID-19

Health and wellbeing during COVID-19

Our COVID-19 website provides you with a toolkit of tips, activities and opportunities relating to healthy minds, healthy bodies, healthy families and healthy finances.

More information


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Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The University of Adelaide support staff and their families by providing access to two Employee Assistance Program (EAP) service providers, offering you a choice of providers and locations across Adelaide. 

Wellbeing at the University of Adelaide

  • BUPA corporate health plan

    The University of Adelaide has worked together with BUPA to offer staff health cover with fantastic corporate benefits.

      Get in touch

      Our friendly Bupa consultants are conducting phone consultations soon to offer advice and find a healthcare plan to help suit your needs. Book now!

      As a valued partner of BUPA, University of Adelaide employees can access the following options to talk to a BUPA consultant:

      Phone consultation - 2 March 2021

      Phone consultation - 3 March 2021

      Phone consultation - 10 March 2021

       call me back service

       Live messaging service

      Bupa virtual consultation (Flyer)

      Existing BUPA members

      If you would like to discuss or review your existing BUPA cover please contact BUPA on 134 135 or email CoverReview@bupa.com.au and quote the new Group ID no: 2111529.

      Corporate benefits

      • 6 weeks free offer in addition to your Corporate discount, eligible for  new customers only on selected products. Offer is valid till end of April 2021.
      • If you need hospitalisation, the excess will be paid by Bupa to the hospital on your behalf on selected Hospital and packaged covers with $250 Excess.*
      • Pay nothing for your kids on most dental, physio, chiro, podiatry consultations and selected optical packages at Members First providers (up to yearly limits).**
      • If you’re aged 18-29, you are entitled to receive an age-based discount on your domestic hospital cover. The discount is calculated at 2% for each year you’re aged under 30, when you first purchase domestic hospital cover. More information.
      • A 6% discount on your health cover +.

      Find out why choosing your Bupa corporate health plan really is a simple choice.

      Non members

      Not a member of the BUPA Corporate Health Plan?

      All staff, including casual staff, are eligible to join the BUPA Corporate Health Plan.  If you wish to consider the benefits of the plan you can contact BUPA:

      Sue Denby
      e: susan.denby@bupa.com.au
      m: 0403 352 847
      p: 134 135
      and quote ID 2111529
      or you can use the call me back service.

      Other BUPA information

      Bupa Corporate site for Uni Adelaide

      Covid19 – Update from BUPA

      In what is currently very unusual times we hope that you, your family and your teams are keeping safe and well.

      • There is some information here to help guide them during these confusing times, and for those facing financial hardships.
      • To deal with anxiety and mental health, we are also offering our members up to 100% back on a range of confidential, self-paced online therapy courses.
      • Please check the attached pdf & link – This Way Up

      Please be assured BUPA is still available to continue to support your health and wellbeing

      University health and wellbeing activities

      To see other ways the HSW team supports your health and wellbeing please visit the wellbeing activities page.

    • Disability - information for staff

      A range of resources have been developed by the University of Adelaide to support staff with a disability.

      Further information for staff supporting students with a disability

      Please refer to Student Life Disability Support webpage.

    • Mental health toolkit for supervisors

      The mental health toolkit for supervisors can be found on the Supervisor Toolkit webpage.

      The aim of this toolkit is to provide supervisors with some practical guidance on how to support a staff member who may need assistance with coping at work.

    • Quit smoking support

      Support for staff

      The University has developed a support program for staff through our Employee Assistance Provider.

      If you are interested in taking up this option, please contact CHG directly on 8352 9898, who will refer you to a qualified member of their team to discuss your requirements.

      The CHG program will include a variety of support options including subsidised Nicotine Replacement Therapy and specialist health coaching where applicable.

      Support for students

      Students who wish to quit smoking are encouraged to contact either the Counselling Service on 8313 5663 or to visit the University Medical Practice  (8313 5050) on the North Terrace campus.

    • Flu Vaccination Program

      Flu Vaccination Program 2020 for staff ended on 31 July 2020.

      For more information on seeking reimbursements for vaccinations or obtaining vaccination records, please visit the Flu Vaccination Program 2020 webpage.

    Wellbeing news

    It's time to recalibrate

    We are pleased to advise UniSuper have teamed up with SuperFriend to present a three part webcast series. 
    The first session will be held on Wednesday March 10th at 12:00pm(AEDT). 

    Read more about It's time to recalibrate

    Health tip - heart health

    Heart disease is Australia’s leading single cause of death, with 18,590 deaths attributed to heart disease in Australia in 2017.

    Read more about Health tip - heart health



    Did you know that February is Ovarian Cancer Month?

    Held each year in February to educate Australians on ovarian cancer, and raise awareness by sharing the stories of real women affected by the disease.



    Action calendar - happier January 2021

    How can we start this new year happier? 



    Life skills online module

    Tips for handling conflict at work.



    Fatigue Management Webinar

    A free webinar on managing fatigue



    Action calendar - optimistic October 2020

    Life is far from perfect, but there are lots of reasons for optimism. 



    Managing your financial wellbeing

    Building financial wellbeing assists us to control our finances, to feel secure now and to plan for the future.



    Wellbeing health checks

    The University Health Practice (Unicare) in collaboration with University of Adelaide have made available Wellbeing Health Checks for all continuing, fixed-term and casual staff members.



    Evidence based nutrition in healthcare

    Doctors for Nutrition are offering a free webinar series exploring the crucial role of diet in preventing and treating chronic disease.



    Is it hay fever or COVID-19?

    Oh no, you have just woken up with a runny nose, coughing and sneezing. What is it – allergies or COVID-19? What should you do?



    New wellbeing framework, newsletter and website launch

    The Health, Safety and Wellbeing team are pleased to launch the new wellbeing framework!


    Further information

    Please contact the Central HSW Workplace Wellbeing Specialist