On behalf of the OASIS team, I’d just like to wish all Flinders staff and students a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2018 has been a remarkable year for OASIS. If you don’t believe me, check out our Facebook feed, and look back at all the activity over 2018.

I’m also super-psyched that we were able to finish 2018 by launching the new website which we’ll grow quickly in 2019.

Everything we got done this year wouldn’t have been possible without our staff, chaplains, volunteers, partners in the university and of course all the students that make OASIS a home away from home. My sincere thanks to all of you for making OASIS such a unique service in the landscape of modern university services.

My wish is that all of you are able to reconnect with friends and family over the holiday period.

For those of you that celebrate Christmas, I hope you find the Australian Christmas (usually hot weather) an enjoyable experience.

For those of you that do not celebrate Christmas, I hope the holiday break still brings connection, rejuventation, relaxation and reflection.

Me personally, I am going to (try to) stay quite productive over the holiday period. I have lots of content to develop for you in 2019. I have the Mental Fitness Course, the program for the new Studyology, a revised Model of Care for counselling services, a guide for students living with mental illness, lots more counselling handouts, and this blog and my other blog, the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog. I’ll also be revising some of the presentations I give around the university and beef them up for 2019.

I hope you will join me in 2019 to continue the work here at OASIS. I think making Flinders a more connected, compassionate and healthy place to study is a very worthy goal 🙂

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