Embedding mental wellbeing in Australian regional universities: Equity interventions

Michelle Picard , Helen Scobie

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Student wellbeing is an important issue to address because research showsthat a high percentage of Australian university students experience mental health problems and that higher numbers are found in equity groups. Research also shows that regional universities have a higher percentage of students from equity groups. This paper outlines findings from a study of regional
university students and mental health interventions that combined a desktop survey of webbased university resources and an integrative review of relevant literature. Our findings show that most Australian universities do not integrate their mental wellbeing support into the curriculum and that mental health professionals and educators typically work in silos.
Consequently, universities only have limited success in addressing student wellbeing needs. We argue that there is a need to draw on best practice for embedding academic support as part of inclusive pedagogies and curricula, in order to extend these to include mental wellbeing support.
This study is significant as it is the first to synthesise the key principles of effective embedded wellbeing support in relation to regional university contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)65
Number of pages79
JournalInternational Studies in Widening Participation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • mental wellbeing
  • embedded support
  • regional universities
  • equity students


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