Issue 18
29 October 2019

In this issue:


The University of South Australia Student Volunteer of the Year Award: nominate now!

University of South Australia Student Volunteer of the Year Award: Recognising outstanding volunteerism and contribution to the community and campus life
The University of South Australia Student Volunteer of the Year Award has been established to recognise outstanding volunteerism by a current student within the community and/or on campus.

The Award recipient will receive:
  • $1000 (in the form of a travel voucher)
  • Ongoing professional development as an ambassador for UniSA Volunteering
  • Opportunities to represent UniSA Volunteering in media profiles and interviews at volunteering-related public speaking engagements.
Nominate someone you know via the online form on our website or ask someone to nominate you!

Nominations close 9.00 am Wednesday 6 November.

New Blog Post: UniSA Sport

UniSA Sport investigates the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing. UniSA Sport logo and University of South Australia logo
UniSA Sport sat down with University of South Australia’s Manager: Student Wellbeing, Nadia Rajic to learn more about how exercise impacts your mental health and how it can help with illnesses such as depression and anxiety and have positive effects on those suffering.


UniMentor: The UniMentor peer mentoring program is designed to provide information, guidance and advice to new UniSA students and help them navigate uni life.

UniMentors are required to regularly contact  their assigned mentees throughout their first study period (via email, catch-ups, or at Orientation & other social events/activities) to see how everything is going, and find out if they have any questions.
Bupa: Are you: a people person with good communication skills, accountable and responsive, and a Bupa member? 

You could make a great Bupa Ambassador! Bupa Ambassadors provide information and guidance on health cover to new international students. Recruitment for the 2020 program is now open.
G'Day Mates: If you: Understand the challenges of being a new student, have a sincere interest in supporting your peers, and can demonstrate good communication skills and empathy, become a G’Day Mate in 2020 and assist new international students to enjoy life in Adelaide.


All action, no talk. Learn how to launch a business in 54 hours.

Three students with laptop and phone chatting together
The renowned Techstars Startup Weekend is coming to UniSA on November 15-17.
  • Do you ever dream of being your own boss?
  • Do you have a business idea that you would like to pursue but you’re not sure where to start?
  • Are you an ambitious student, always on the lookout for ways to learn new skills and raise your personal brand?
  • Do you like the idea of spending the most productive weekend of your life with friends?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to grab your pals and attend Startup Weekend. Fantastic prizes, delicious food, a ton of new skills and a ready-to-launch business is all on offer.

Use the code UNISA25 for 25% off your ticket price! Visit the Techstars website for more information.

Fiona Tan: Ascent at the Samstag Museum for OzAsia Festival

Photo of Mt Fuji in the distance amogst a layer of cloud cover with trees in the foreground
The Samstag Museum of Art brings a concise selection of works by Indonesian born, Australian raised, and Netherlands based Fiona Tan to Adelaide. Centring upon the Australian premiere of Ascent, this is the first significant presentation of the artist’s work in our country in ten years. Ascent is not only a reflection on Mount Fuji—a mountain of great significance to the Japanese—but also a study of its visual culture, and a tribute to the history of both photography and film.

ON ART Spring Season events coming up in response to Fiona Tan: Ascent:
Fiona Tan: Ascent is on exhibition  at the Samstag Museum of Art for the OzAsia Festival until Friday 6 December 2019.


How is your mental health?

Your mental health is important. We are here to provide you supportive care. Phone or book online 1300 172 996 UniSA Health Medical Clinic logo
Like physical health, we can also experience variations in mental health and it's okay not to be okay. If you feel you may be affected by mental ill health there are many ways to seek support:
  • Reach out to a trusted friend or family member
  • Join a support group to form new connections 
  • Talk to a professional
The earlier you seek support, the better! 

For more information, make an appointment to see one of the doctors at UniSA Health Medical Clinic. Phone 1300 172 996 or book online

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, speak to the UniSA Out of Hours Crisis Line on 1300 107 441, or text 0488 826 346 (5 pm to 9 am weekdays, 24 hours on weekends and public holidays).