Support for your health and wellbeing

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, it is important to continue to look after yourself

In these challenging times, where disruption may be triggering a wide range of emotions, it is more important than ever to look after one another and access the support available.

This article provides a rundown of support that the Department is offering to teachers and school staff right now.

Wellbeing Webinars

The Department's Wellbeing Webinars provide practical mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies for use throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond.

Webinars cover topics including safeguarding against burnout and switching on your growth mindset. Teachers can also participate in the working safely in schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) session to get practical strategies on infection prevention and control in a schools setting.

Recordings and tip sheets are also available for past sessions.

Find out more about the webinars on the Department's intranet
You will need to log in using your eduMail login details first, then return to this page and open the link

Employee Assistance Program

If you or your family need that little bit of extra support, personalised over-the-phone or video counselling is available 24/7 through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This service is available to all Department staff (including all school staff) and their immediate families (aged 18 years and over). This now includes school council employees and casual relief teachers. Call 1300 361 008 to make a booking.

Virtual gym

To help prioritise your personal health and wellbeing, school staff can access a virtual gym, with free workouts, recipes and articles, run by Corporate Health Management (CHM) Healthstream.

Access more information and resources on the Department's Intranet
You will need to log in using your eduMail account details

Seek support

  1. Be open with your principal and leadership team about any questions or concerns you have. You can seek support from your local Health and Safety Representative (HSR).
  2. The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Advisory Service is also available to all staff for any matters relating to health, safety and wellbeing. Call 1300 074 715 or email safety@edumail.vic.gov.au.
  3. The Department also has a dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) phone advice line that staff can call (9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday) with any questions, queries or concerns. Call the hotline on 1800 338 663.

Find out more

Find out more information, including the full list of supports and services
Visit the COVID-19 Health, Safety and Wellbeing Support for Schools page