Health and Well-being

Purpose

Higher Education can be a challenging time, having a healthy and balanced lifestyle can help you to reach your academic potential and enjoy yourself while you study.

The team are here to support you to Study Well and get the most out of your time at MIT.

Vision 

Our vision is to empower students to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing, build resilience and to reach their fullest potential while studying at MIT.

Study Well 

Being a successful and well-adjusted student means knowing how to stay healthy by choosing enjoyable activities, exercise and sport, and what to do in case you are injured. This includes increasing your energy levels, managing stress, sleeping well and feeling better about yourself by improving your general well-being.

To Study Well, MIT promotes opportunities to encourage students to live fitter, happier and healthier lifestyles. A structured communications plan has been developed to promote key messages throughout the student lifecycle from pre-arrival to graduation. The school will use all available media platforms to achieve this and also utilise the Moodle calendar. The calendar will contain our on-campus event offerings from our health partner Bupa, MIT student Council and Murdoch Fitness. 

Study Well focuses on four areas to deliver a holistic approach to “Your Well-being”, these areas being:

  • Mentally Healthy 
  • Sexuality, Sexual Health and Relationships 
  • Gambling, Alcohol and Drugs
  • Student Health

Mentally Healthy

Managing the pressures of balancing study, work and a social life can be challenging.

Having a healthy study-life balance will help you to enjoy your time at MIT and achieve your goals while you study.

MIT is committed to offering an equitable and inclusive environment for staff and students.

We aim to provide students with greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues, provide information on study-life balance, and promote mental health support services.

How to be mentally healthy:

Download our factsheet on Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Download our factsheet on Coping with stress

Mental health support services:

Lifeline: mental health support via telephone or online chat, telephone 13 11 14

Mental Health Emergency Response Line: for mental health emergency services 24 hours a day, telephone 1300 555 788

Suicide Call Back Service: free telephone counselling if you are feeling suicidal, know someone who is suicidal or have lost someone to suicide, telephone 1300 659 467

Other Resources:

Breathe

Medical Centre

MIT Student Support

Headspace: online information and mental health support aimed at those under 25 years

Kids Helpline: 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25, telephone 1800 551 800

Beyondblue: information, advice and support for those experiencing depression or anxiety, telephone 1300 224 636

QLife: counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI), telephone 3pm – midnight 1800 184 527

Mensline: telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns, telephone 1300 789 978

Butterfly Foundation: counselling for people experiencing eating disorders and their carers, telephone 1800 334 673

Sexuality, Sexual Health and Relationships

It’s likely that you will have some romantic relationships or sexual experiences while you’re in Australia. This can be a pretty exciting time, but it can also get complicated, we want to make sure that you have the information, skills and support to stay safe and healthy.

study law in Australia

Sexuality There are different types of sexuality, and it can take time to figure out what fits right with you. If someone is giving you a hard time about your sexuality, find out what to do and who you can talk to.

Relationship advice There are common issues in most relationships, regardless of whether the couple is heterosexual or gay, in first or second or third committed relationships, are of similar or different ages or come from the same or different cultures.

Get the facts

Safe sex

Find a clinic

Aids Council

SECCA is a non-profit organisation designed to support people with disabilities, in their efforts to learn about human relationships, sexuality and sexual health.

Other Resources:

Consent

Medical Centre

MIT Student Support


Gambling, Alcohol and Drugs

As a student at MIT, your life extends beyond the classroom. Making healthy and safe decisions, including whether or not to use alcohol or other drugs, is one of the added challenges you may have to face while at School. You should be aware there are some useful guidelines about enjoying social places, and taking a responsible approach to drinking alcohol, and protecting your physical safety.

Someone can have a gambling problem if they are addicted to an activity where they cannot control the urge to participate, and it’s having a negative impact on their lives. Gambling doesn’t just affect your finances, it, can also affect your health. There is a strong link between gambling and mental health, as well as a connection between gamblers smoking or drinking alcohol. 

Tobacco smoking is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia. It is responsible for the greatest disease burden and accounts for approximately 15,500 deaths per annum.

24hr Alcohol and Drug Support Line 9442 5000 

Emergency Services 000

Murdoch Campus Security 9360 7333

If you would like to talk to our Student Support Team please make an appointment, Student Support

Gambling Alcohol and other drug information: 

Alcohol and Drug Support

Gambling

Smoking

An easy way to quit smoking

Other Resources:

Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment

Consent

Medical Centre

MIT Student Support


Student Health

Good personal hygiene habits include:

  • Washing the body often. If possible, everybody should have a shower or a bath every day.
  • It can become extremely hot in Australia which can cause you to perspire. To help prevent body odour wear deodorant/antiperspirant. The smell of body odour is unpleasant and not socially acceptable.
  • Cleaning the teeth at least once a day. Brushing the teeth after each meal is the best way of making sure that gum disease and tooth decay are avoided. It is very important to clean teeth after breakfast and immediately before going to bed.
  • Washing the hair with soap or shampoo at least once a week.
  • Washing hands with soap after going to the toilet.
  • Washing hands with soap before preparing and/or eating food. During normal daily activities, such as working and playing, disease-causing germs may get onto the hands and under the nails. If the germs are not washed off before preparing food or eating, they may get onto the food.
  • Changing into clean clothes. Dirty clothes should be washed with laundry soap before wearing them again.
  • Hanging clothes in the sun to dry. The sun’s rays will kill some disease-causing germs and parasites.
  • Turning away from other people and covering the nose and mouth with a tissue or the hand when coughing or sneezing. If this is not done, droplets of liquid containing germs from the nose and mouth will be spread in the air and other people can breathe them in, or the droplets can get onto food.

5 ways to wellbeing

Find your 30 minutes of daily exercise

Mood food

International Student Health and Wellbeing Fact Sheet

Bupa offers additional tips and advice for Staying Well in Australia


Other Resources:

Medical Centre

MIT Student Support