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Looking after my family


I’m struggling to study while my kids are at home. What can I do?

First, remember to be gentle with yourself, and try not to worry if things are taking a bit longer than usual.

You can also try to find times to study when the kids are busy, such as early in the morning, late at night, or while they're eating lunch.

Plan your study schedule in small, manageable blocks (e.g. 20 mins) so you can achieve specific tasks in those windows. Save high priority tasks that require a lot of concentration for quieter times in the day, for example when the kids are in bed.

Finally, here’s some useful websites that might help to keep the kids occupied for a while and buy you a few minutes to do that reading or listen to that mini-lecture.

I’m a MRS (living on-campus) or international student. I am struggling to access essential items or food while self-isolating. What can I do? 

If you’re an international student or MRS student, we recommend that you register with the SONDER app. SONDER will help resupply essentials to any student who is self-isolating for COVID-19. You will be charged for any items that you need restocked.

Find out more about SONDER

For International students in Melbourne, the Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne site has a form where you can request help and advice if you have been affected by COVID-19.  On this site, there is a section where you can request a care package if you are in self-isolation.

I’m struggling to access essential items or food while self-isolating. What can I do?

The Victorian Government will provide relief packages to those who need to self-isolate and can’t get any other support.

I’m experiencing domestic or family violence - what can I do? (in Victoria)

Monash can support you with referrals, advice and options here. Reach out to the Safer Community Unit.

If you’re in Victoria near the main Monash campuses, you can contact EDVOS or SECASA, with whom the University has partnership arrangements:

  • EDVOS (Specialist family violence service in Eastern Melbourne)
  • SECASA (South East Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence)

There is also the national Helpline: 1800 RESPECT which will connect you with trained trauma counsellors for support and with information about what to do. The helpline is available 24/7.

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria website also has tips on how to keep yourself and any children safe.

If you are from interstate, here is a list of domestic and family violence support services in each state within Australia.

My kids are worried about COVID-19 and I don’t know what to tell them. Where can I find advice?

These sites have some good recommendations for everyone:

I have elderly relatives who I can’t look after. What should I do?

The Victorian Government will provide relief packages to those who need to self-isolate and can’t get any other support.

For elderly or vulnerable people in our community who are unable to access supermarkets, there are charities throughout the country available to assist. To locate a charity in your area, please visit:

Please note, Foodbank does not supply food and groceries direct to the general public, but provides food and grocery relief to 2,400 charity agencies across Australia.

Woolworths supermarkets are also offering priority delivery slots to elderly and vulnerable people.

How do I look after myself and cope with the stress of looking after my family?

If you're needing ways to manage stress, this article from The Conversation explains how little moments of pleasure can help you cope.

I’m looking after sick family members and I am not able to study - what can I do?

If the situation is likely to affect your ability to successfully complete or submit an assessment task on time, you can apply for special consideration (which may include an extension). Find out more

Depending on the situation, you may be able to register as a carer with Disability Support Services. Find out more

Personal life

I am experiencing family pressure? Who do I turn to?

We recommend talking to a counsellor. As social distancing is important at this time, online counselling is a great option for students who need someone to talk to. Learn more.

I’ve lost my job. Can Monash help me find new employment?

Our Career Connect advisers help you plan your career, seek work opportunities and provide you with a range of opportunities and resources to ensure you maximise your employment prospects.Get in touch with Career Connect.

Now that I have more spare time on my hands, how can I use this time productively?

While the current situation will affect everyone differently, for some people it may lead to a lot of spare time. Looking after your mental and physical health should remain your top priority, and keeping busy with things that are meaningful to you can help you do that.

This time can be used to finish projects that you have been putting off due to time constraints or to learn a new skill that you have always been interested in.

Here's a few ideas to get you started: -

  • Start learning a new language through apps such as Duolingo or Babbel. Unsure of what language to learn and feel hesitant? Here is Babbel's list of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn
  • Start a blog/podcast on a subject you are passionate about (here is a comprehensive guide on how to start a blog)  (here is a comprehensive list on how to start a podcast)
  • Design a website/eportfolio to showcase your best work
  • Start/build on your LinkedIn profile and grow your network. LinkedIn can be a great tool to help stay current in your field and progress in your career. To get the most of your LinkedIn experience, consider taking this LinkedIn Learning module on how to create a LinkedIn profile that works for you
  • Read books that have intrigued you for some time. If you know you want to read, but aren't sure what, have a look here for some useful tactics on how to choose your next book
  • Deep dive into research on a topic or event that you are fascinated in (remember to try and stick with reliable sources)

What ways can I maintain my spiritual wellness?

Here are some tips to help you maintain your spiritual wellness:

  • Ensure that you take time out during the day to stop and rest.
  • If it is possible find a place of nature and spend time there
  • Find a good book that feeds your soul
  • Spend time in prayer or mediation - it doesn't have to be long
  • Ensure you have someone to talk to
  • Listen to uplifting music: check out some playlists on spotify
  • If the news and social media is too much turn it off
  • Develop a practice that you can repeat, light a candle, say a prayer, listen to a song
  • Write a gratitude journal/diary
  • Yoga: check out the yoga flow on Active Bodies

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