The University aims to provide a wellbeing framework which:
- identifies the areas of our work environment where there are opportunities to promote healthy choices;
- encourages and enables active participation;
- supports and educates our staff; and
- includes a range of programs which will benefit our health, wellbeing and the quality of our working life.
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.
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.
Please be assured BUPA is still available to continue to support your health and wellbeing
- There is some information here to help guide them during these confusing times, and for those facing financial hardships.
- Bupa has also delayed the annual premium increase by another six months to provide further relief. You can stay up to date on the actions we are taking via Bupa’s newsroom.
- 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
Get in touch
Our call centre is currently experiencing higher than normal call volumes and wait times with regards to members current policies or requesting information around their product coverage. As a valued partner of BUPA, University of Adelaide employees can access the following options to talk to a BUPA consultant.
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.
- Join BUPAs corporate health plan on selected combined Hospital & Extras cover by 31 March 2020 and you could get 6 weeks free.
- A 6% discount on your health cover.
- Your percentage back on Extras claims at recognised providers grows by 2% of the original benefit each year, up to a maximum of 10%.
Upcoming phone consultations
Location Dates Booking North Terrace
- Wednesday 20th May
Book here Pultney Street
- Tuesday 9th June
Book here Rundle Mall Plaza
- Tuesday 19th May
Not a member of the BUPA Corporate Health Plan?
All staff, including casual staff, and staff of controlled entities are eligible to join the BUPA Corporate Health Plan. If you wish to consider the benefits of the plan you can contact BUPA:
Other BUPA information
Website: Bupa Corporate Health Plan
University health and wellbeing activities
To see other ways the HSW team supports your health and wellbeing please visit the wellbeing activities page.
What is a critical incident?
A critical incident may be a single traumatic event such as a violent episode or life-threatening emergency, or it may be that you have witnessed enduring or repeated events which have become overwhelming over time.
In the first instance we require you to report the incident to your Manager/Supervisor who will ensure that appropriate action has been taken to manage the situation and ensure that no-one else is at risk. This may involve contacting the Emergency Services, Security, HR Branch and/or the Manager HSW depending on the circumstances. The Manager/Supervisor will offer immediate assistance to persons involved and document the details of the incident.
Critical incident debriefing
Following the incident, the University will arrange for timely and appropriate counselling and support to those who have been directly and/or indirectly impacted. It should be noted that this service is offered to staff, but is not compulsory. Depending on the situation and the individuals involved, debriefing may be provided individually or as a group.
How do you arrange for critical incident debriefing?
Managers/Supervisors are to contact the HSW Team on 8313 6079 (Associate Director, Health, Safety and Wellbeing), 8313 5904 (Injury Management and Wellbeing Advisor), or 8313 0174 (Manager, HR Policy and Injury Management).
The HSW Team will co-ordinate services with CHG.
For individuals who are experiencing persisting symptoms, further assistance is also available through the University’s Employee Assistance Program.
Incidents involving students
Additional assistance can be obtained by contacting Student Counselling Services, Ground Floor, Horace Lamb Building, North Terrace campus (8313 5663).
Disability - information for staff
A range of resources have been developed by the University of Adelaide to support staff with a disability.
- Disability Action Plan (2014 - 2019)
- Disability Action Plan Progress Report as at August 2018
- Disability FAQs
Further information for staff supporting students with a disability
Please refer to Student Life Disability Support webpage.
Manager and colleague assist
The University also has in place a “Manager and colleague Assist” program (a component of the EAP program). With just a simple phone call, Managers/Supervisors and staff can access help and advice to deal proactively with the stress or frustration sometimes associated with the role of managing others or when you suspect or know that a work colleague is struggling with an issue and you are unsure how/if to provide support.
Some examples of where “Manager Assist” can help are:
- A particular student or staff member is very difficult to deal with and this is starting to cause much frustration and stress;
- The thought of presenting to a “tough” audience makes you feel queasy. You need some practical guidance on how to de-stress in preparation for your next presentation;
- You are having trouble getting on with a staff member. You want some strategies on how you can work through some of the interpersonal issues;
- You have had a hard day dealing with everyone else’s problems and you really need to debrief with someone so you can build up some more reserves; or
- You are scheduled to have a “difficult” conversation with someone, and you want to prepare yourself to deal with the strong response the conversation may trigger.
Some examples of where “Colleague Assist” can help are:
- You are aware or suspect that a colleague is suffering from a illness (e.g. depression, anxiety);
- How to start a conversation and what you might say; and
- Finding the right balance of support and assistance when you consider that a colleague is becoming reliant on you and you wish to set up some boundaries at work.
How can you access manager and colleague assist?
Manager and Colleague Assist is a telephone based service provided by CHG. All you need to do is telephone 83529898 during business hours, Monday to Friday.
Identify that you are an employee of the University of Adelaide, and you wish to talk to a counsellor from Manager and Colleague Assist. Leave your contact phone number and name and one of CHG's counsellors will return your call as soon as possible. They will return your call within 24 hours, usually on the same day.
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
Wellbeing events, activities and resources
The University of Adelaide provides a variety of innovative wellbeing initiatives and activities. A catalogue of health tips can be accessed to provide information on optimising your wellbeing.
Please contact your local HSW Team.