Statement: Increase in Counselling & Careers Support for Students

ANNOUNCEMENT: Increase in Counselling & Careers Support for Students 

In the 2018 Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Survey, approximately 67% of respondents identified promoting the health or welfare of students and helping students obtain employment or advice on careers as the top two areas of importance for SSAF expenditure.

In response to this the Student Representative Council (SRC) piloted our Wellness Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (WALi) at the end of 2018, before a full launch in Trimester 1 this year. Our WALi team through our Wellness HQs have to date engaged with hundreds of students in discussions about mental health and wellbeing. One of the things these discussions have highlighted are the difficulties students face when trying to access counselling appointments for ongoing support.

For the above reasons, when approached by Griffith University in May for assistance to fund additional counselling and career advice positions, the SRC felt compelled to be of support. Over the last month, the SRC have been working to determine how we can support these vital new positions without impacting too significantly upon the services and experiences you have come to expect from your SRC.

We are proud to announce that we are contributing $300,000 towards funding 2 new counsellors and 2 career advisors to be employed by Student Services commencing soon. We anticipate these new positions will make a great contribution to the improvement of student mental health and wellbeing.

Allocating this significant contribution of funding to Student Services does mean that the SRC have had to review our services and activities for the remainder of 2019. As a result, you may find that some things are a bit different. Regrettably, there will be some reductions in free food and off-campus activities, and we will also not be hosting an end-of-year party this year or providing diaries for 2020. We understand that this will be disappointing for some students, but we hope you will join us in celebrating the expansion of vital services that promote student’s mental health and wellbeing.

The SRC and other student associations will be working with the University regarding future SSAF expenditure so that we can continue to provide a diverse range of services and activities to students, whilst also ensuring the ongoing support and promotion of students’ mental health and wellbeing.

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