Student Wellbeing Skillshops

Student Wellbeing Skillshops

Student Wellbeing Skillshops

Our Specialised Group Programs (a.k.a Skillshops) promote wellbeing and skill development to assist students to flourish in the university environment. The Skillshops follow the undergraduate life-cycle. Registrations for the Skillshops are now open! If you are interested, please complete our Skillshop Registration form.

UPDATE: Please note, due to current circumstances regarding COVID-19, we will no longer be running face-to-face Skillshops for the remainder of Session 1, 2020. However, our online gruop program, #BeReady4MQ will be available to all students in place of the weekly Skillshops. A facilitator will be available online to answer questions and provide support during the times of the Skillshops (timetable below) on a weekly basis. 

Students that identify as having Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Mental Health challenges or a Specific Learning Disability, are eligible to register for Skillshops.

In 2020, we were offering five different weekly group programs, and one external self-paced online program. Each program is tailored to the unique and specific needs of that group. However, for the remainder of Session 1, 2020, Skillshops will not be running on campus. Our external group program, #BeReady4MQ, is available for all students.

ASPIRE - (currently not running on campus Skillshop)

The Aspire skillshops support students who identify as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better reach their academic potential. Students with ASD often experience characteristics or behaviours that disrupt learning. However, with a supportive environment, our students develop skills to adapt to university life and achieve personal and academic goals. The group focuses on orientation to university, its environments and processes. Students will learn how to manage their time, health and study whilst exploring strategies to communicate effectively with lecturers, tutors and peers.

FOCUS - (currently not running on campus Skillshop)

Students with Attention Deficit [Hyperactivity] Disorder (AD[H]D) may identify as being creative, energetic and enthusiastic. Yet despite strong conceptual skills, they can experience great difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours and maintaining focus on tasks. The Focus skillshops assists students to develop strong time-management study skills that are conducive to individual learning needs. A key feature of the group is the attention to planning, reflection, modification of students’ weekly study timetables to help achieve an effective study/life balance and troubleshooting any ad hoc student concerns.

INSIGHT - (currently not running on campus Skillshop)

Many university students with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) “go under the radar” as they quietly work out ways to navigate their learning challenges. The emphasis, in a University environment, on extended note-taking, heavy reading loads and written assessments can be stressful to manage. With appropriate supports in place, students with SLD can flourish at university. The Insight skillshops facilitate students to better understand their individual learning challenges and the related impacts in the academic environment. A key feature of this skillshop is the hands-on trial of a range of assistive technologies that minimise these impacts and enable independent study.

EMPOWERED - (currently not running on campus Skillshop)

The Empowered skillshops brings together students who experience a wide variety of mental health conditions who may benefit from assistance to navigate the academic semester and its lifecycle. The skillshop aims to provide students with information on being well, staying and performing well whilst undertaking their tertiary education.

ACHIEVE - (currently not running on campus Skillshop)

Achieve will focus on integrating the resources and strategies introduced across the Aspire, Empowered, Focus and Insight programs. Offered on Fridays, this skillshop will create an opportunity for students to re-calibrate in preparation for the weekend. A key feature will be weekly planning, prioritising and peer troubleshooting.


#BeReady4MQ caters for students with accessibility challenges who are studying externally, via distance learning or find it difficult to attend on campus sessions. Currently it is available for all students in place of on campus Skillshops. It is designed to support students who experience a range of challenges including those related to ASD, AD[H]D, SLD and Mental Health concerns. This is a self-paced program that facilitates students to:

  • develop clear steps toward balancing study and wellbeing
  • engage with innovative approaches to the impacts of health/accessibility challenges on study
  • be a part of a supportive online environment.

The program includes an optional online discussion forum.

While the face-to-face Skillshops may not be running for the remainder of Session 1, 2020, please keep note of the Skillshop timetable below as a facilitator will be available to answer questions and provide support during these times on a weekly basis, in the Discussion Forum.

11:00am - 12:00pm   Autism Spectrum Disorder (Aspire)   Specific Learning Disability (Insight)

General workshop - not disability specific

1:00pm - 2:00pm Mental Health (Empowered) Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (Focus)    

Registrations for our 2020 Skillshops (currently only the external group program) are now open! Please complete the Skillshop Registration form.

For further enquiries, or if you require help to complete the expression of interest form or the online registration form, please contact the Accessibility Service on (02) 9850 7497 or email

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