Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement

Swimming Australia believes a successful high performance culture includes our swimmers finding the right balance between wellbeing, engagement in activities outside of training and competition, and the requirements of elite sport.

Wellbeing and Engagement is being embedded within our high performance pathway through a sport specific framework co created with the AIS. The framework details services and resources available to categorised swimmers that focus on their holistic development.

  • Swimming Australia’s Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement
  • Wellbeing and Engagement is being embedded within our high performance pathway through a sport specific framework co created with the AIS. The framework details services and resources available to categorised swimmers that focus on their holistic development.

    Including:

    • Career/education guidance, professional development and work experience opportunities
    • Personal development
    • Community engagement and networking events
    • Conduct and integrity education
    • Mental health services
    • Online education units on myAISplaybook
    • Transition support
    • Resources and support for parents, partners, and supporters

    Contact: Linley Frame - Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Manager - linley.frame@swimming.org.au

    For more information: Sport AUS: Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement

  • Mental Health and the AIS Mental Health Referral Network
  • Get Support
    P: 02 6214 1130
    E: mentalhealth@sportaus.gov.au
    W: sportaus.gov.au/ais/mhrn

    The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement section includes a dedicated Mental Health Team that supports and strengthens athlete mental health through a clinical care model providing athletes access to a nationwide Mental Health Referral Network.

    The national network is comprised of Psychologists with specialist mental health experience who can provide evidence-based assessment and treatment services for athletes, in 2019 this will expand to include Neuropsychologists and Psychiatrists. 

    For all categorised athletes (podium/podium ready and potential/developing/emerging) the Mental Health Referral Network services are available at no cost to the athlete

     

    HOW TO REFER

    Self-Referral

    Athletes are encouraged to call the Mental Health Team for a private discussion. We understand it can be a difficult decision to call, and it is our priority that every athlete receives the best possible care as soon as possible.

     

    Friends and Family, Sporting Organisations, Professionals Making a Referral

    Anyone can make a referral on an athlete’s behalf using the above contact details. For the Mental Health Team to accept the referral the athlete needs to be aware of the referral and consenting to engage with a mental health service.

     

    Further Information

    If you would like to ask a question or require more information regarding the Mental Health Referral Network, please feel free to contact them on 02 6214 1130 or by email at mentalhealth@ausport.gov.au
    For psychological support targeted for individuals aged 12 to 25 years of age, we recommend the nation-wide Headspace service or Lifeline

     

    Emergency 24/7 Support
    Lifeline: 13 11 14
    In the case of a mental health emergency always dial emergency services: 000
     

    For anyone with questions about the AIS Mental Health Referral Network please contact Linley Frame – Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Manager - linley.frame@swimming.org.au

  • Australian Swimmer’s Association (ASA)
  • Visit the Australian Swimmer’s Association (ASA) ASA Website for more information.

    The role of the ASA:

    - Advocate for swimmers
    - Georgina Hope Foundation Swimmer’s Support Scheme information (GHFSSS)
    - Mentoring and networking with alumni
    - Education Assistance Program (grants to offset costs of textbooks, course fees etc.)

    Transition information and support

  • SSSM Guidelines for Accreditation Requirements for Swimming Australia Funded Support Staff within the Daily Training Environment
  • It is recommended that Swimming Australia funded programs or athletes have access to suitably accredited support staff. For a list of Accreditation Requirements click here

  • The Elite Athlete Friendly University Network (EAFU)
  • Elite Athlete Friendly Universities (EAFU) + Elite Athlete Entry

    The Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network has been established to identify and promote universities who have responded to the specific needs of elite student-athletes by developing new or promoting existing policies and practices which assist elite student-athletes to undertake sporting opportunities whilst pursuing and achieving academic excellence.

    The guiding principles of the EAFU include:

    • Appointing a key staff member at each university to assist elite athletes;
    • Provide advice and guidance on academic planning
    • Negotiate flexibility to meet academic requirements
    • Tailoring academic study loads to integrate with sporting commitments

    For more information, visit Sport AUS - Elite Athlete Friendly University Program

     

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