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Wollongong University Medical Students' Society

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Health and Wellbeing Officer

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Position Description

Committee:

WUMSS Committee

Position:

Health and Wellbeing Officer

Responsible to:

WUMSS Executive and Committee

Position summary:

The WUMSS Health and Wellbeing Officer (HWO) 2015-16 will aim to develop, implement and evaluate health and wellbeing activities to support the medical students at the University of Wollongong to reach their full health and wellbeing potential.

The HWO will be responsible for leading WUMSS approach to wellbeing to in conjunction with Health and Wellbeing representatives from each of the GSM cohorts.

The focus for HWO in 2016 will be:

  • Leading a health and wellbeing committee
  • Assisting in the transition of the new medical student cohort
  • Participation in AMSA’s Blue Week,
  • Ongoing use of social media to encourage students to take responsibility for their own physical and mental health
  • Continuing engagement with WUMSS stakeholders development, implement and evaluate health and wellbeing activities

Main duties and responsibilities:

The role of the HWO is to encourage students to:

  • Take responsibility for their own physical and mental health
  • Establish a relationship with a general practioner
  • Incorporate good nutrition, exercise, leisure, spirituality and family time into a healthy lifestyle
  • Participate in and facilitate health and wellbeing events

The HWO will further act to:

  • Disseminate information to students, in particular the prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders amongst medical students to reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking behavior
  • Advocate for students in the areas of support, health and wellbeing

Therefore the specific focus for HWO in 2016 will be to:

  • Leading a health and wellbeing committee
  • Assisting in the transition of the new medical student cohort
  • Participation in AMSA’s Blue Week,
  • Ongoing use of social media to encourage students to take responsibility for their own physical and mental health
  • Continuing engagement with WUMSS stakeholders for the development, implementation and evaluation of health and wellbeing activities

The HWO will work within the structures of the WUMSS Executive/Committee to

  • Mentor the incoming Health and Wellbeing Officer regarding their role and responsibilities during the official handover period at the end of the year
  • Represent WUMSS and UoW medical students at GSM and University events and meetings
  • Vote on resolutions at meetings: and,
  • Assist other WUMSS Executive and Committee members in other matters when required

Knowledge:

The Health and Wellbeing Officer must have proficient knowledge in the following:

  • The Aims and vision of WUMSS;
  • The WUMSS Constitution; and,
  • The generous and valued sponsors of WUMSS.

Skills:

The Health and Wellbeing Officer must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Team building;
  • Ability to manage and liaise with multiple stakeholders
  • Analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Decision making skills;
  • Ability to communicate effective, both verbally and non-verbally;
  • Stress management skills; and,
  • Time management skills, and the ability to meet schedules and deadlines.

Personal Attributes:

The Health and Wellbeing Officer must maintain strict confidentiality (where appropriate) in performing their duties, as well as demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Be passionate about the health and wellbeing of others
  • Be honest and trustworthy;
  • Be respectful;
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Be flexible; and,
  • Demonstrate sound work ethic.

For enquiries please contact the WUMSS (Health and Wellbeing Officer) wellbeing@wumss.org.au