Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Mental health at UWA

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

Mental health at work: your role as a manager
Employee Assistance Program



University contacts available for further advice about mental health include:

Safety and Health

Phone (+61 8) 6488 3938

Email [email protected]

Counselling and Psychological Services

Phone (+61 8) 6488 2423

The University recognises that members of the campus community with good mental health are more likely to be able to cope with the normal stresses of work and study, can maintain healthy relationships and are better able to contribute to the campus community professionally and personally. UWA is committed to providing a safe, respectful workplace that fosters positive mental health and wellbeing. 

Mental health issues can affect anyone. 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year; and 45% at some time in their life. 

The University fosters an equitable and diverse campus community where inclusiveness is embedded within its culture and all people are treated fairly, sensitively and with respect. It is the University's aim to:

  • recognise the needs of those who are currently well by offering opportunities for education and skills development;
  • support those at risk of developing a mental health issue or illness through the timely use of education and support strategies; and
  • assist those who are experiencing a mental health issue or illness as well as those who are supporting students, colleagues and/or peers experiencing a mental health problem.

This is formalised through the University's Mental Health Policy

View the Vice-Chancellor's address on mental health, or access the transcript.


Mental health in the workplace 

The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 dictates employers' obligations in relation to mental health and mental illness in the workplace. Mental illness is a very individual experience and the types of symptoms and functional impacts people experience can vary. Similarly, the type of supports and treatments that are appropriate can also vary. An organisation must respond to a person with mental illness with the same underpinning principles utilised for an employee with a physical illness or disability.

To learn more about mental health and mental illness; our obligations as employees and employers; and the supports UWA provides to members of the campus community, view the following pages:

The information provided has been developed in consultation with Blooming Minds WA Pty Ltd.

Student mental health

Information developed specifically for students is available on the Stress Less web pages developed by the UWA Student Health Promotion Unit.