Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Mindfulness

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further Information

Information and professional development opportunities on the topic of mindfulness are outlined below for UWA staff and affiliates.

  1. What is mindfulness
  2. Introduction to Mindfulness course
  3. Online courses

What is mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of being aware of your thoughts and actions and simply observing them rather than judging your moment to moment experiences.  It is a state of being conscious of the present moment.

Practising mindfulness can help us engage more fully with the present moment. In doing so, it can relieve stress, improve focus, and assist us in managing our emotions more effectively. Mindfulness can be applied to all areas of our personal and professional life. 

Find out more about the evidence base for mindfulness at the American Mindfulness Research Association website. You might also like to listen to a broadcast on the ABC Radio National Program here

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Introduction to Mindfulness course

This five-week course is designed to give participants an introduction to both the theory and practice of mindfulness, assisting you to develop the key skills to embed mindfulness into your day-to-day activities. Facilitated by Kathryn Choules (PhD) from Mind and Movement. Free for UWA staff and affiliates - no students sorry.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course participants will:

  • Understand what mindfulness is and how it can be cultivated through informal and formal mindfulness practices
  • Enhance their capacity to sustain attention and refocus attention when it wanders
  • Assess relevance of mindfulness to own life situation and if desired, make a commitment to ongoing formal and informal practice as part of a sustainable self-care routine
  • Understand reactivity and stress in general terms and how their conditioning influences their reactivity and stress
  • Understand through direct experience the role that thoughts and perceptions can play in exacerbating stress
  • Have increased awareness of thoughts and emotions when meditating and in daily life
  • Have increased capacity to use bodily, cognitive and emotional information to self-regulate
  • Have increased capacity to respond rather than react to challenging emotional situations

Sessions are interactive involving mindfulness meditation exercises (sitting and lying down), gentle stretching exercises, group discussions, and reflection on personal mindfulness practice.

Course commitment

In order to maximise benefit from the course, participants are expected to attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions and complete a 15-minute daily practice of mindfulness meditations on non-course days.

Course dates:

All sessions will run from 12.30pm-1.30pm at Seminar Room 1, Love House on:

  • Tuesday May 14
  • Tuesday May 21
  • Monday May 27 (note a change of day this week)
  • Tuesday June 4
  • Tuesday June 11.

Registrations are now open.

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Online courses

No online courses are offered by UWA, however you may wish to explore the following links:

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