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    2019/20 Equity Fellow Nicole Crawford Enhancing student success

    Equity Fellow Nicole Crawford Enhancing student success: Supporting the mental wellbeing of mature-aged, regional and remote university students

    Dr Nicole Crawford from the University of Tasmania has received a NCSEHE Equity Fellowship.  Nicole will investigate proactive approaches to supporting the mental wellbeing of mature-aged, regional and remote university students in Australia. Significant issues underpin this focus, including the high levels of mental ill-health, which impact on students’ capacity to participate and succeed in higher education. In the recent QILT 2018 Student Experience Survey, ‘health and stress’ was the most cited reason why undergraduate students considered withdrawing, thus impacting on the students personally, and on retention and completion rates.

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    Academic Accommodation for Students with Psychiatric Disability - A Resource Book

    Students with psychiatric disabilities are entitled to reasonable academic accommodations under the DDA (1992) and Disability Standards for Education 2005. Providing effective accommodations allows students equal access to academic courses and activities. This resource is concerned with the impact of mental illness on academic pursuits, and the development of strategies to study successfully.

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    Beacon: e-health online applications and support groups

    Beacon is a portal for online applications relating to mental and physical disorders. A panel of health experts categorise, review and rate websites and mobile applications. Reviews of internet support groups are also included. Categories include: asthma, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias, psychosis, social anxiety, stress, stuttering, substance abuse, tinnitus, traumatic brain injury.

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    Black Dog Institute

    The Black Dog Institute is a clinical, research and educational body dedicated to improving understanding, diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depression in severe cases). The Institute is attached to the Prince of Wales Hospital and affiliated with the University of New South Wales.

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    Blue Pages Information on Depression

    BluePages provides information about: the symptoms of depression and how depression is diagnosed; which medical, psychological and alternative treatments work for depression (and which don't); people, organisations, books, web sites and other resources that may be helpful if you are depressed.

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    CATS booklet: Mental Health Conditions

    This booklet is designed primarily for academics and focuses on the needs of students with mental health conditions. Suggested strategies are presented within a broad framework of inclusive teaching for all students.

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    Create Your Future. Personal stories of disability in study and work

    These original short films depict the real life stories of six men and women with various disabilities. We follow their stories through different stages of transition and participation in post-secondary education and employment.

    The films highlight the right of people with disability to access a full range of education or employment options. The unique stories also demonstrate the range of support that people with disability may access and raise awareness of the NDCO Programme as a resource and link for people with disability, the disability sector, and the community.

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    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) - US

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare system. The fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released in 2013.

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    Embedding mental wellbeing in Australian regional universities: Equity interventions

    This paper outlines findings from a study of regional university students and mental health interventions that combined a desktop survey of web-based 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. (2018. Helen Scobie and Michelle Picard, The University of Newcastle)

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    Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing: A Handbook for Academic Educators

    This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students.  (Chi Baik, Wendy Larcombe, Abi Brooker, Johanna Wyn, Lee Allen, Matthew Brett, Rachael Field, Richard James)

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