Univer­sity of Malta opens new Health and Well­ness Cen­tre

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The new Health and Well­ness Cen­tre at the Univer­sity of Malta was of­fi­cially opened by the Min­is­ter for Health, Christo­pher Fearne, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Evarist Bar­tolo and Univer­sity rec­tor Prof. Al­fred J. Vella.

The Cen­tre will be of­fer­ing, un­der one roof, var­i­ous ser­vices, not only those that were al­ready avail­able but will also be in­tro­duc­ing oth­ers so that both stu­dents and staff will now have bet­ter ac­cess to holis­tic and pro­fes­sional sup­port. Coun­selling Ser­vices, Men­tal Health Ser­vices, Nu­tri­tional Ad­vice, Tobacco Ces­sa­tion Sup­port, Sex­ual Health Clinic and ad­vice on drug-re­lated is­sues will all be avail­able at the Cen­tre. More­over, the build­ing also houses the Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine Cen­tre and its var­i­ous ser­vices.

Coun­selling Ser­vices for reg­is­tered stu­dents and staff at the Univer­sity are by ap­point­ment, on week­days dur­ing of­fice hours, while new ser­vice users can re­fer them­selves by email, over the phone or in per­son.

The Univer­sity Men­tal Health Ser­vices project was launched re­cently to ad­dress men­tal health prob­lems, es­pe­cially the more com­mon de­pres­sive dis­or­ders. Both stu­dents and staff are re­ferred to the ser­vice ei­ther by the doc­tor or through a re­view by the psy­chol­ogy team.

The Health Pro­mo­tion and Dis­ease Pre­ven­tion Di­rec­torate is of­fer­ing the weekly ser­vice of a reg­is­tered nu­tri­tion­ist to help users plan and make healthy life­style changes. The Di­rec­torate is also pro­vid­ing free weekly con­fi­den­tial and in­di­vid­ual smok­ing ces­sa­tion ser­vices.

Car­i­tas and the Univer­sity of Malta have teamed up to of­fer sup­port at the Cen­tre to stu­dents and staff who are fac­ing drug-re­lated is­sues di­rectly or in­di­rectly. Sup­port on Cam­pus is now avail­able and seek­ing help is a ma­ture step to­wards re­cov­ery. This ser­vice is be­ing of­fered once a week.

The Sex­ual Health Clinic at the new Cen­tre will pro­vide dis­creet and con­fi­den­tial ad­vice about is­sues re­lat­ing to sex­ual health to stu­dents and staff at the Univer­sity of Malta. Ser­vices will be of­fered on a weekly ba­sis.

The Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine (TCM) Clinic is housed within the Health and Well­ness Cen­tre, which is lo­cated just out­side the old Univer­sity gate at the corner of Imhallef Paolo De­bono Street. TCM looks at a per­son’s health and well­be­ing through a holis­tic lens, to achieve a bal­ance of har­mony in mind and in body. The clinic is manned by highly pro­fes­sional doc­tors from Shang­hai Univer­sity. Treat­ment op­tions of­fered in­clude di­etary ad­vice, her­bal medicine and in­ter­ven­tions such as acupunc­ture, mox­i­bus­tion and cup­ping. Af­ter a de­tailed con­sul­ta­tion with the pa­tient, the case is dis­cussed and treat­ment de­liv­ered by ap­point­ment against a nom­i­nal fee.

The Univer­sity also of­fers other sup­port ser­vices on Cam­pus (out­side the Health and Well­ness Cen­tre build­ing). The Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Unit (ADSU) is ded­i­cated to the equal­ity, di­ver­sity and in­clu­siv­ity of the learn­ing and teach­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all. The co­or­di­na­tor on Cam­pus is the main re­fer­ral point for all re­quests in con­nec­tion with spe­cial ac­cess ar­range­ments.

The Univer­sity Chap­laincy pro­vides spir­i­tual and pas­toral care sup­port to those of a par­tic­u­lar faith or re­li­gion, as well as those who have none. It pro­vides a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment where stu­dents and staff can find a lis­ten­ing ear or some quiet time to re­lax, un­wind, meditate and pray.

The Stu­dent Ad­vi­sory Ser­vices Unit is avail­able to all prospec­tive and cur­rent stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Malta and aims to pro­vide the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to en­able them to make in­formed and sen­si­ble course choices. The Unit sup­ports the stu­dents by pro­vid­ing ad­vi­sory ser­vices on prac­ti­cal and per­sonal is­sues re­lated to career paths and cour­ses of study within the Mal­tese con­text and by pro­vid­ing vo­ca­tional ad­vice. For more in­for­ma­tion phone the Health and Well­ness Cen­tre on 2340 3988; email: health-well­ness@um.edu.mt

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