Based on member feedback, in 2019/2020 a new wellbeing education program was developed to support players with the skills and strategies to successfully navigate their way within the high-performance environment.
The education has been tailored to different ages and stages of a players career, and just like skill development on the field, players will progress through the development of emotional and mental skills off the field.
Early Career: Mental Health Literacy, Resilience (1) and Self Awareness/Self Concept (1)
Mid Career: Self Awareness/Self Concept (2), Resilience (2), Emotional Intelligence (1)
Late Career: Self Awareness/Self Concept (3), Emotional Intelligence (2), Relationships/Social Support
The ACA provides free access to qualified psychologist's and psychiatrists through the national wellbeing network for current and recently off-contract ACA members (and for 3 years beyond their contract).
Members are also able to access their preferred psychologist and/or psychiatrist outside of the referral network and have these sessions reimbursed.
All sessions are treated confidentially, with de-identified invoices requested from providers.
For further information on the Wellbeing Network contact your Player Development Manager or Justine Whipper at the ACA on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0402 327 238.
The ACA provide 6 x free and confidential wellbeing counselling sessions to members and their significant others through Relationships Australia.
To make an appointment contact Relationships Australia directly on 1300 364 277, advise you are a member of the ACA and make an appointment.
All invoices from Relationships Australia to the ACA are anonymous.
Mikayla Hinkley speaks about her mental health journey, being an ambassador for LIVIN and the ACA support she has received along the way.