A student wellbeing service that employs three staff at UOW is among those facing closure under an overhaul of the higher education system.
UOW Wellbeing is funded entirely through the compulsory student services and amenities fee, which is to be axed by the federal government.
It aims to ‘‘enhance the student experience’’ through free activities and services including meditation, cooking classes, art therapy, social meals and fitness workshops.
Speaking on Thursday from a ‘‘balcony gardening’’ stall aimed at encouraging students to grow their own herbs and vegetables, UOW Wellbeing co-ordinator Naomi Cox said the service added vibrancy to university life, encouraged students to look after themselves and gave life-long skills.
‘‘Nutrition is a concern for everyone, but students are quite busy people; many might not have lived out of home previously and there’s a lot of pressure on them [resulting from] courses and subjects,’’ she said.
‘‘We take a health promotion and prevention approach that they can take into their lives [after graduation].’’
Ms Cox said she did not know how the services would operate if student contributions were cut.
‘‘I guess other funding sources would have to be considered,’’ she said.