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Support for Staff

Support workshops

We are pleased to announce new support workshops available to staff over the SSR implementation phase:

Individual support

We are delighted to advise that Joanna Budai has been appointed by the University as a Career Development Adviser for staff who may be affected by the SSR.
Joanna is a qualified and experienced career development coach and is a professional member of the Career Development Association of NZ.

Joanna has worked in a variety of organisations supporting staff during periods of change and has a particular interest in helping people make choices that are right for them both personally and professionally. Joanna will provide one-on-one confidential and impartial support.

To make a time to meet Joanna or for further information, email

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

A free, confidential counselling service available to University of Otago staff. EAP provides short term counselling and support.
Access EAP via the HR website:

HR Professional Development Training

A wide range of training programmes, including several that staff may find useful at this time. If programmes are over-subscribed additional sessions may be added.
For information and registration please visit:

Occupational Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor

The Occupational Mental Health & Wellbeing Advisor is a new position designed to provide specialist advice and support in the area of mental health and wellbeing, as part of the University’s Occupational Health and Safety Team service.
The focus of the position is to provide education, support, professional advice and rehabilitation for University staff in the area of mental health in the workplace.

The current Occupational Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor is Carina Perner, who is a certified and registered Occupational Therapist.
Please email or phone 021 920696 for an appointment

For more information, visit the Mental Health and Wellbeing page on the Health and Safety website: Mental Health and Wellbeing information

Academic Leadership Development Programme (ALDP)

The ALDP provides ongoing development opportunities to academic leaders. A number of the courses are relevant as we work through the Support Services Review. The ALDP team will consider additional workshops to meet demand particularly in leadership skills including communication and adaptive leadership.

Healthy Campus Website

This website has a range of tools and resources to help staff enhance their health and well-being.