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Co-Creating a Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Students and Staff

Abstract

This paper reports on the application of culture change methodology to co-design a whole-of-university health and wellbeing strategy. We outline considerations that necessitate a change in the way higher education contributes to student and staff mental health and wellbeing. We provide an overview of an Appreciative Inquiry culture change methodology; a map of the process followed; the benefits of applying Appreciative Inquiry principles; and a description of outcomes, which include funding for a new health and wellbeing strategy implementation team. We argue that by co-designing a strategy, with representatives of the whole system taking a strengths-based perspective, we enabled self-determined change. We also argue that the process of co-designing and co-developing a strategy can be a wellbeing intervention in and of itself.

Published: 2023-12-11
Pages:136 to 144
Section:Practice Reports
How to Cite
Cooper, B., Border, N., & Couperthwaite, F. (2023). Co-Creating a Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Students and Staff. Student Success, 14(3), 136-144. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2781

Author Biographies

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia

Berni Cooper holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology. Berni has worked in the Higher Education sector in a variety of roles, from individually-focused student development and learning to influencing change at the course and curriculum levels, and now focused on wellbeing, at the whole-of-university level, for students and staff .

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia

Nicole Border holds a Master of Health Science (Health Promotion) and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology. She has applied her expertise in the university, corporate and not-for-profit sectors to positively influence health behaviours at scale.

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia

Felicity Couperthwaite has a Masters in Industrial and Labour Studies and is a registered psychologist. Felicity has worked in a variety of work settings applying her skills and knowledge in psychology to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795