Mindfulness at Monash

Monash is pioneering a world-first university-wide approach to mindfulness.

We offer elective programs to all students and staff, designed to improve wellbeing and performance and to enhance the Monash experience.

Since 1989, mindfulness has also been part of the core curriculum for medical students, a model we are now expanding into other faculties as diverse as Business, IT, Engineering, Law and Psychology, as well as areas such as Monash Residential Services and Monash Sport.

Mindfulness involves a series of attention training practices and cognitive strategies that can help you unhook from unproductive thought patterns and behaviours. It involves learning to pay attention to the present moment rather than worrying or dwelling in the past. It also involves developing an attitude of friendliness toward yourself, as opposed to criticism or judgment.

Research shows that mindfulness can:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms
  • Increase resilience and peace of mind
  • Enhance cognitive performance e.g. concentration, memory and processing speed
  • Improve study and work performance
  • Improve relationships and overall wellbeing

Mindfulness meditations (MP3s)

What is mindfulness? (doc 30KB)

Daily mindfulness tips (doc 28KB)

Monash Facilitators

Dr Craig Hassed from the Department of General Practice, is now working with us to expand the range of resilience-building programs. He is a regular speaker in Australia and internationally on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice and connecting knowledge systems.  

Contact:  craig.hassed@monash.edu or 9905 3175 (available Tuesdays and Fridays)

Dr Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist specializing in using mindfulness-based therapies with adolescents and young adults. He has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and was involved in the development of Smiling Mind, a website and iPhone App designed to make mindfulness accessible to young people.

Contact: richard.chambers@monash.edu or 9903 1177 (available Wednesdays and Fridays)

Our counsellors are also an integral part of the delivery of mindfulness initiatives.

Mindfulness offerings at Monash

Monash University offers a number of mindfulness programs to enhance the resilience, performance and wellbeing of students and staff. These include a number of innovative programs such as Mindfulness for Academic Success and the Stress Release Program, which are now being used by other tertiary institutions domestically and internationally.

These programs include 

Note:  Our Mindfulness programs are only offered to Monash staff and students at this time.  Unfortunately due to demand we can not cater for non-Monash people.

Offering

Key themes

Format

Audience

Mindfulness for Academic Success (MAS)

Establish a regular mindfulness meditation practice and learn how to apply this to reduce stress, improve your focus, overcome procrastination and improve your academic performance.

5 x 60 minute sessions

Students

Brain Management

This program is intended as a basic introduction to the practice of mindfulness and how to use it to reduce stress and enhance resilience.

3 x 60 minute session

Students

Stress Release Program (SRP)

Reduce stress, and improve mental health, wellbeing and resilience using mindfulness. Consists of weekly formal mindfulness meditation practices, cognitive strategies and reflective activities designed to enhance both the professional and personal life of staff. 

5 x 60 minutes sessions

Staff

Train the Trainer

Aimed at people who have done basic mindfulness training, have a regular personal practice of mindfulness, and now wish to enhance skills in teaching it in various educational and professional settings.  Topics will include introducing mindfulness as a concept, teaching mindfulness meditation, mindful inquiry and debriefing, and working with groups.

4 x 60 minute sessions

Staff

ESSENCE of Health

Essence is a comprehensive lifestyle program underpinned by enabling strategies such as mindfulness, enhancing motivation, goal setting and behaviour change. This practical course enables participants to apply the Essence model to personal and professional life including setting and working towards healthy lifestyle goals.

6 x 60 minute sessions

Staff

Mindfulness for wellbeing, resilience and performance - Staff

This introductory workshop is broken into two parts:

Part 1 is an introduction including the background to mindfulness.

Part 2 focuses on practically implementing mindfulness-based strategies in personal and professional life.

Half day

Staff

Mindfulness for wellbeing, resilience and performance - Supervisors

Includes Part 1 and Part 2 for staff with the addition of Part 3, which explores how supervisors can incorporate mindfulness into teamwork and workplace culture.

Those wishing to deepen the understanding of mindfulness and the ability to apply it should look at doing one of the 5 or 6 week courses offered.

Half day

Staff

Lunchtime drop-in meditation sessions

Guided mindfulness meditation sessions. A great way to get started with mindfulness or to deepen your existing practice.

30 minute sessions 

Students and staff

 

Resources

  • Mindfulness Meditation A5 Flyer (pdf 83KB)
  • Mindfulness practices available for download - Download these MP3s of mindfulness meditations by Dr Craig Hassed and Dr Richard Chambers to help support your practice. Save them onto your phone, computer or media player so you have them with you whenever you want to practise mindfulness
  • Smiling Mind is a free iPhone and web app. It includes a number of recorded mindfulness meditations and is a great resource for anyone interested in discovering the benefits of mindfulness. Monash University was involved in its development.