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Mental Health & Wellbeing

Many postgraduates experience feelings of isolation during their study. This isolation can be due to a number of factors, including poverty, geography, race and/or gender, and exacerbate mental health issues, difficulties with study, and put strain on our resources.

APS facilitates a Mental Health Committee of students passionate about improving postgrad mental health and supports at UQ, offering mental health first aid training and working with UQ to monitor student wellbeing.

We also offer support bursaries for students in financial crises. Please book in with UQU Student Advocacy and Support to discuss accessing the bursaries.

Sexual Harassment & Assault

Sexual harrassment can be a major problem. Postgrads, new to the work force and often working closely with their supervisors, should be aware of this possibility.Many affected people feel unwilling to report such problems, believing that their complaints will be trivialised or ignored, and that they may be victimised academically.If you find yourself in such a situation, do not blame yourself and do not dispair.

If you are experiencing an emergency or have just experienced sexual assault and misconduct then you can call:

  • +61 7 3365 3333 UQ Security for on campus emergencies

  • 000 for immediate police or ambulance assistance

  • 1800 Respect 1800 737 732 for 24/7 counselling support

  • External community support options in Queensland

To make a formal report and access support at UQ, visit

Mental Health Committee

Mental health problems are overrepresented among postgraduate students. APS's Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee focuses on advising APS on mental health advocacy and using their knowledge and skills to help other students through events and advocacy. As an independent student-run organisation, APS offers postgrads up-to-date information and support on many issues and valuable resources in their local area.

If you're interested in joining the Mental Health Commitee, reach out to

International Student Welfare

APS offers a range of international student welfare support including grocery hampers and a dedicated International Student welfare officer.

Getting support around UQ

Stuck with a problem at UQ? Email for quick support.


The APS Postgrad Emergency Bursary was established to offer support to postgraduate students experiencing financial hardship during their studies at UQ to assist with non-study related expenses.

For more details and application, please visit:

Student Parents Group

Connect with other parents who are studying at UQ to network, support one-another and create family friendly universities!

Mature and Returning Students Group

Connect with older students at UQ and advocate for a more inclusive university, organise events, and shape APS advocacy around ageing at uni!

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