Health and wellbeing

There are many resources and strategies you can use to make a difference to your physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Get started with some handy tips [PDF 251KB] to improve your health and wellbeing.

See below for information on:

  • Living well
  • The Desk - online wellbeing repository
  • sexual health
  • support for low-income and disadvantaged students
  • La Trobe University Medical Centre
  • respectful relationships
  • spiritual health
  • breastfeeding facilities.

Living well at La Trobe

A set of tips and resources put together by La Trobe's Student Wellbeing team to help you live a good life.

The Desk

The Desk is a repository of information and resources to help you get started on your wellbeing journey. You need to register to access these resources.

Healthy Eating on Campus

Find out what healthy options are available on campus and tips to eat well on a tight budget.

Sexual health

According to the World Health Organisation sexual health is '…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.' (WHO, 2006a)

Get help

Dealing with sexual health issues can at times be difficult and it's easy to feel embarrassed, worried or ashamed but you can receive help in a supportive and non-judgemental way. If you feel concerned about aspects of your sexuality, gender, relationships or just need some facts, our counsellors are here to assist you address your concerns. You can also access the La Trobe University Medical Centre.

For more information on sex, sexuality, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases or family planning you can access these websites:

Support for low income and disadvantaged students

Many students may experience financial difficulties at some time. There are a range of services and supports that may assist you if you are experiencing financial hardship.

La Trobe University Medical Centre

La Trobe University Medical Centre provides a range of services to students, staff and the community and is just a short walk from the heart of the University.

The GP Clinic provides bulk billing for La Trobe University students and staff. International students with Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) card may also access these services at no additional cost.

See location map [PDF 1.5MB] (map reference D4).

For medical services at our Bendigo Campus, call 03 5444 7770. This is a private practice located on campus.

Respectful relationships

La Trobe is working to be a safer, more respectful community, which foster equal relationships. See our Respect pages.

Spiritual health

  • We provide facilities and services to support numerous faiths and their traditions.
  • The Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care Multifaith Team is available to support all members of the University community. It provides a place to share and find a listening ear in a supportive environment.
  • The Drop-in Centre offers hospitality, promotes well-being and fosters multifaith spirituality - inspiring a culture of care at the University and in the wider community.
  • Networking with the local community the Chaplains provide a free Food Pantry Nourishing physically and spiritually. The Chaplaincy team supports holistic wellbeing.

Breastfeeding facilities

We have been an accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace since 2010 and continues to provide a breastfeeding friendly environment, with breastfeeding or parenting rooms to support mothers. Re-accreditation is active until April 2016.

We have rooms equipped with a refrigerator, sink, table and chair or bed to meet the needs of student and staff mothers continuing their work or study while breastfeeding at the Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga and Mildura Campuses. Facilities are also available on request at the Shepparton and City Campuses with plans underway to establish dedicated facilities on these campuses.

Many women return to full-time or part-time work or study after having children. Many of these children continue to be breastfed while their mothers work or study. La Trobe supports and values the importance of having the time and space to provide food for their babies, whether by expressing milk or breastfeeding.

Find out location and contacts regarding breastfeeding: