Today the Prime Minister announced a three stage plan to reopen Australia in a COVID-safe way. It is clear there is now significant activity at the State and Federal level focussed on mapping the pathway forward – good news as we are certainly all well over the joy of Zooming. This also means we are now planning the University’s recovery route – it seems, in retrospect, to have been easier to close the campus than it is to open it up again given our shared global experience of this virus.
This week university staff and students in Australia and New Zealand marked the seventh annual University Mental Health Day. It’s hard to deny, this year especially, that mental health is top of mind for the majority of people following the myriad of impacts from COVID-19. But what does this mean for university students and staff, and their circumstances?
Today is University Mental Health Day in Australia and New Zealand. So much has happened in 2020, what with bushfires, pandemics and the state of the economy, it can be hard to focus on our mental health and wellbeing, but now more than ever it’s important to practice a little self-care. There is support available to you through these challenging times, so please reach out if you need to.
As you all know, Universities Australia has been in discussions with the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU) at the national level about how we can collectively protect jobs in the current COVID-19 crisis.
On Saturday morning, at daybreak, we were wakened by a lone trumpeter on our street – we listened from our balcony – a sublime moment in time for reflection – no people, just the rising sun and the beautiful sound. It was a most beautiful celebration of remembrance and reminded me that there is something to be said for a simpler approach to the things that really matter in our communities.
Thank you for the many messages and thoughtful responses on how we can best deal with the challenges currently facing us. I appreciate your engagement and interest in ensuring the future of our workplace. Please continue emailing me – I want to hear from you as it informs my thinking and enables better decisions.