Mental and physical wellbeing means having your body and mind working at their peak.

To do that requires investing time and effort into addressing those factors that are known to influence wellbeing:

  • healthy diet
  • plenty of refreshing sleep
  • regular physical activity
  • building positive emotions and learning to manage difficult emotions
  • self-awareness and understanding of personal strengths
  • finding meaning and purpose in what you do
  • building positive relationships and having a sense of belonging
  • spending time in nature

We’ve seen first hand that students who actively work on their physical and mental wellbeing cope better with the challenges of study, and do better academically.

It is why we started using the phrase “Wellbeing for academic success”.

At Oasis we offer a range of programs that run throughout the year that target your mental and physical wellbeing.

Flinders Community Market

Good nutrition is essential for both physical and mental health, but financial reasons get in the way of many students eating a healthy diet.

The Flinders Community Market gives students a regular place to obtain high quality but free or very cheap food.

When: Every Thursday during term time from 12.00pm to 1.30pm

Where: OASIS Courtyard – OASIS is located at J7 on the campus map – walk from the library through the laneway to the building opposite car park 5

What: Free and low-cost food, free BBQ (halal and vegetarian options), fresh produce, music and more

No registration required – just show up!!

Marketplace Meals

Once you’ve got the food from the Flinders Market, you need to know what to do with it!

Marketplace meals is a monthly cooking demonstration using produce from the Flinders Market to create healthy low cost meals.

When: The second Thursday of each month from 1.30pm to 3.00pm

Where: OASIS Centre – walk from the library through the laneway to the building opposite car park 5

What: Cooking instruction from the School of Nutrition and Dietetics

No registration required – just show up!!

To learn more visit (link to blog post with more detail)

Mindful Yoga

Mindful Yoga is a gentle style of movement meditation. It focuses on soothing the nervous system through gentle movements coordinated with the breath.

Being gentle and focused on soothing, it is suitable for people of all ages, physical abilities and fitness levels.

When: Tuesdays between 12.00pm and 1.00pm during term time

Where: OASIS Centre – walk from the library through the laneway to the building opposite car park 5

What: A gentle and relaxing yoga session run by our resident Yoga Instructor/ Counsellor Maureen Germein

No registration required – just show up!!

Meditation for Relaxation and Stress Relief

A simple guided meditation for relaxation, based on the principles of mindfulness. A chance to escape the hustle and bustle of university life and take a moment for yourself.

When:  Wednesdays at 1.00pm during term time

Where: OASIS Centre – walk from the library through the laneway to the building opposite car park 5

What: Let our Chaplain Dave guide you through a simple meditation to relieve stress and improve your focus and attention

No registration required – just show up!!

Specialist wellbeing focused workshops/seminars

In addition to the regular programs we run throughout the year, we also hold specialist workshops and seminars on key wellbeing topics.

Mindfulness for Academic Success

This innovative program, run by counsellors from Health, Counselling and Disability Services consists of five 60-minute sessions over five weeks. During these sessions you will learn to use mindfulness to:

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • improve focus
  • stop procrastinating
  • communicate more effectively
  • study more efficiently (and with more enjoyment)

Find out more, including when the next program is running here.

safeTALK

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone, regardless of experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.

The training runs for 3.5 hours and you will learn how to:

  • notice and respond to situations where thoughts of suicide may be present
  • provide practical help by using the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep safe)
  • act quickly to connect the person with someone trained in suicide intervention
  • contribute to building a safer community.

Find out more, including when the next program is running here.

On Campus Facilities

Part of building mental and physical wellbeing is having safe and relaxing spaces to be during the day.

The OASIS Centre has a number of facilities that students can use during business hours, as a home away from home.

  • A quiet space for meditation or just relaxing
  • Fully equipped kitchen with microwaves, hot & cold filtered water, free tea & coffee and full oven & hob for cooking/heating lunches
  • Piano
  • Study areas/comfy lounges/whiteboard wall
  • Prayer rooms for Muslim students, fully equipped with …….
  • Garden area with tables and chairs
  • BBQ

University Wide Events that we run

In 2018, we got Ali on our team. She is our events coordinator and helps us run events on campus that celebrate special days like RUOK Day and University Mental Health Week.

These special events remind us that we are all connected by the common desire for mental and physical wellbeing. They remind us of our responsibilities to others, and that others are there for us also.

To find out what is coming up, visit our Programs and Events page or stay connected via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/oasisatflinders/)

Our partnerships

We work directly with other groups within the university to provide a comprehensive range of student health and wellbeing services.

Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) –  provide confidential and professional health, counselling and disability services to all currently enrolled Flinders University students, including those studying completely online.

Student Health and Wellbeing Blog – our psychologist Dr Gareth Furber, writes a regular blog on how to build mental fitness, so you can study and work at your peak ability.

Flinders One – A convenient and affordable fitness centre, with excellent rates and facilities for Flinders University staff and students.

Flinders University Student Association (FUSA) –  FUSA is the student organisation that represents the rights and interests of students.