Wellness and staff support

With the mass transition to work from home arrangements for staff, we have introduced this page for staff to access the latest announcements and resources while we work from home.

We will continue to update the page in the coming weeks and months and look forward to introducing new initiatives to help support staff and replace some of the all-valuable social interactions now missing from the workplace.

For the latest staff announcements and updates in your local School or Centre, please visit the Staff Hub.

Hand washing poster

A new poster to provide further guidance about when we should be washing our hands is now available. We encourage you to please print and post in your general areas. Download the poster.

Head to Health
This page from the Department of Health describes practical psychological skills to help you and your loved ones cope with anxiety and worry about infectious diseases. Visit the Head to Health website.

Access free financial counselling with MyCoach for Money
With the MyCoach for Money service, you have access to free and confidential financial counselling. Their team of financial counsellors can help with financial stress and hardship, budgeting, managing debt, family finance issues, support following a redundancy, separation or major event, and more. Call them on 1300 360 364 to make an appointment. Download their MyCoach for Money flyer.

Work/life balance in COVID-19 times
UQ Wellness recently ran a session titled Work/life balance in times of COVID-19: How can we adapt? View the Zoom recording.

Safety of domestic products while working from home
We encourage people to have a quick look at the ACCC prodcut recall page to see if anything at your place is listed, and to seek remedy for the defective or unsafe item.

Join the Care Army
The Care Army is about bringing Queenslanders together to lend a hand to seniors and people most at-risk during this pandemic, while continuing to practice social distancing techniques. Learn more.

Silver linings during COVID-19
In our neighbourhoods and around the world, everywhere we look, people are sharing their strength, resilience and compassion in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. See how.

Mental health tips for over 60’s during COVID-19
Whether you’re over 60 years old, or supporting a parent or grandparent through COVID-19, life is probably stressful right now. Read tips from Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka, who leads the Dementia & Neuro Mental Health Research Unit at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research.

Parenting in a Pandemic
UQ's Triple P has launched a podcast and Professor Matt Sanders is ready to answer your questions on Parenting in a Pandemic. Record your questions on your smartphone and email them to uqvideo@uq.edu.au. You can ask for advice, parenting tips or share concerns about your children's behaviour. Find out more.

Flair pilates live
Pilates instructor Jenny Usher is offering user-pays live-streamed Pilates classes to access from the comfort of your living room. For information and enquiries, please contact Jenny at info@flairpilates.com.au.

Complimentary telehealth workstation assessments
Students from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are offering free online Workstation Assessments conducted over zoom to UQ Staff and HDR students. Workstation assessments are conducted by a final year physiotherapy student, supervised by a qualified Physiotherapy Clinical Educator. Please note that UQ Staff with active workers’ compensation claims are not eligible to participate in the Workfit program. Register your interest by emailing healthclinics@uq.edu.au 

Snacking to cope with coronavirus isolation? This is how to eat well while stuck at home
Read the article on ABC Life.

Pets of the pandemic! True stories of how animals are 'helping' in self-isolation
View the First Dog on the Moon cartoon from The Guardian

Sleep guidelines 
As we adjust to working from home and try to remain healthy in a time of COVID-19, focusing on sleeping well offers tremendous benefits. 

Taking care of your mental health while working from home
Here are a few more resources to check out to help maintain your mental health equilibrium when working from home.

Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19
The World Health Organization provides advice on the use of masks in communities, during home care, and in health care settings in areas that have reported cases of COVID-19. 

COVID019: Know the facts Ep.2

Professor Ian Frazer AC and virologist Dr Kirsty Short answer your top 10 questions about COVID-19 and what we can do to reduce the spread of the virus.

Submit your message of support
We are all navigating unprecedented times – the world is changing and life as we know it is moving online. During this time, we want to maintain and enhance our sense of community spirit via our connections, and are seeking anyone who wishes to be involved in spreading encouraging and supportive messages to our current (and future) students via our social media channels. This could be a short portrait video (no longer than 14 seconds), a photo of you in your WFH set ups (fur children are ALWAYS encouraged) or some tips/tricks for studying from home.

If you would like to be involved, please send your messages/photos/tips or any queries you had to med.marketing@uq.edu.au.

Register your working from home arrangements
All academic and professional staff must now have approved working from home arrangements logged in MyAurion. Staff are required to keep this record up to date if circumstances change. If you have not yet done so, please action as soon as possible.

Working from home
The Reality of Working from Home safety note provides support and practical advice for staff to set up their home workstation to minimise the risk of discomfort or injury. Also, download these 12 ways to stay productive while working from home

Tips for parents 
A new COVID-19 online resource has been added to the Triple P Online program giving practical steps and strategies to help parents reduce stress and cope with changes such as uncertainty, financial stress, trying to home-school, working at home and upsetting news reports.

COVID-19: looking after your health and well-being 
We need to be prepared to identify and help support the resolution of mental health issues caused by the many and varied elements of the pandemic, including the very significant changes brought about by moving away from our workplace community into a more isolated space. Some great resources to help people experiencing concerns or anxiety about the current crisis are available on UQ's Coronavirus FAQ pages. Details of resources available are in the ‘I am feeling anxious about the coronavirus issue – what should I do? section via this link.

You can also visit the following sites for information on caring for your mental health:

A special UQ community COVID-19 FAQ web page provides current advice and information on support available to staff and students. You are encouraged to check this frequently as it is updated regularly.