Health and wellbeing services
Deakin seeks to promote and support positive staff health and wellbeing, reduce work-related risk factors, and foster an environment of care, safety, inclusion and support.
Our health and wellbeing services include:
- Medical centres – qualified and experienced medical doctors and nurses provide medical services for all current students and staff.
- Counselling services – free confidential, personal coaching and counselling that provides support for a variety of short-term, personal or work-related topic.
- Disability support – information and services for those with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their participation in university life.
- Multifaith chaplaincy – dedicated spaces for prayer or reflection and chaplains of different faiths are located on each campus.
Mental health at Deakin
Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual can realise their own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution in their community.
Deakin actively supports the mental health and wellbeing of our staff through an integrated approach, encompassing three main areas of activity:
- promoting mental health and wellbeing, the positive aspects of work and develop the strengths and capacities of our staff
- protecting mental health by implementing preventative measures and by reducing work-related and other risk factors for mental health concerns
- responding to mental health concerns as they manifest at work regardless of cause (work-related or otherwise).
Sports and fitness facilities
Do you enjoy a healthy and active life? At Deakin you will have access to all our sporting and fitness facilities, with the latest equipment and experienced fitness professionals. You’ll never miss a workout when you can take advantage of our weight rooms, gym equipment, tennis and basketball courts and ovals. We also run organised sport competitions at our campuses, including at our state-of-the-art Elite Regional Sports Precinct.
We make a healthy lifestyle as easy as possible
We’ve partnered with the Healthy Together Victoria Achievement Program to help us provide the services and options that suit you and your needs at Deakin.
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Deakin takes pride in the diversity of our employee base and gains strength from how we come together as a collective. We are committed to diversity and inclusion to maintain the dignity, rights and wellbeing of all our staff and students. We embrace a balanced and diverse workforce, which enables greater decision-making, innovation, ability to attract the best talent and job satisfaction.
At Deakin, we enable students and staff of all backgrounds, cultures, abilities, gender and other identities to access and succeed; providing a welcoming, safe and supported environment throughout their university experience.
Child care on campus
We have on-campus child care at the Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and the Warrnambool campuses. Our childcare centres (and partnered centres) follow guidelines and standards set out by the government and the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
Dedicated parent rooms, which meet the standards for the university's accreditation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace, are available on all campuses. You can change your baby's nappy, heat up milk or breastfeed in a comfortable chair. We also have baby change facilities in designated toilets on each campus.
Safety on campus
Safety and security
The safety of our students, staff and visitors is extremely important to us. All our campuses have 24/7 security services and a SafeZone app for your phone, so that you can always get the help you need, when you need it.
Occupational health and safety
We take OH&S seriously at Deakin. That means actively working to minimise accidents, injuries and emergencies so that all our staff enjoy a safe and supportive work environment.
First aid officers
First aid officers are trained to treat minor injuries or illness and in the case of serious injury or illness, provide initial care until medical aid arrives.