Ms Jude West

Senior Advisor for Student Wellbeing, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington

Jude is a Counsellor registered with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. Jude works at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington as the Senior Advisor for Student Wellbeing providing health promotion and peer support programmes for students. The service name is Manawa Ora, a Te Reo Māori name gifted to the service which means hope, the breath of life.

Jude has a Master of Education (Counselling) with distinction from the University of Canterbury, a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from Victoria University and a Certificate in Supervision (Human Services) from Weltec. Jude has worked as a Counsellor providing treatment for gambling harm, and as a Clinical Practice Leader for the Central Region. Jude has also worked as an Advisor for a Government Crown Entity HPA on the national Like Minds, Like Mine programme, reducing discrimination and increasing social inclusion for people with lived experience of mental distress.

Jude’s current work includes supervising student-led programmes, co-designed with students using the principles set out in the Okanagan Charter. This includes writing and delivering training, ongoing supervision of paid staff in peer support roles, mentoring volunteers and interns, organising events, social media and website, and liaising with teaching and professional staff on projects and research.

Tertiary Wellbeing Aotearoa New Zealand (TWANZ)

Jude is an executive member of TWANZ, which is a small grassroots collective of people who work in tertiary education settings. TWANZ started in 2015 in response to the Okanagan Charter. TWANZ hosts a small network of members across New Zealand in professional roles within Universities, Polytechnics and Te Wānanaga O Aotearoa.

In 2017 TWANZ worked on translating the Okanagan Charter into a New Zealand practice context, and how it relates to health promotion approaches used in Aotearoa New Zealand. An article was published in JANZZSA Vol 25(1) 2017.

In 2019 TWANZ co-hosted the first International Health Promoting Campuses Symposium in Rotorua, New Zealand. More recently, TWANZ has focussed on the 2020 Cannabis Referendum and from 2021 onwards supporting network members through COVID that includes a social marketing campaign in collaboration with Alright?, a health-promoting social marketing campaign that began during the Christchurch earthquakes to champion wellbeing and mental health.

Webinar Abstract

Partnerships for students as researchers and interns and the practical application of findings to a health promotion programme and networks

Human Geography, Educational Psychology and Health are three areas in which we’ve been able to work with academic staff to co-design coursework research projects and internships that help us investigate and evaluate a health promotion programme from the perspective of the participants who benefit from programmes as well as those employed to deliver the programme.

Jude will cover:

  • the co-design operational process that sets students to succeed in their research projects and internships.
  • findings from projects and how we apply them in practice in The Bubble, a wellbeing space on campus that provides drop-in peer support, mindfulness activities and wellbeing events.
  • sharing findings with local networks who want to develop their own settings-based programme.