Development opportunities - Ballarat

Whether you want to meet new people, learn some new skills or be inspired by someone else's experiences we have great opportunities for you!

All Leadership Development opportunities must be booked through our eventbrite page

This page will be updated as and when new opportunities are confirmed.

3pm to 4pm, Tuesday 4 May

Personal Leadership Workshop (5 Points for attending):
This one hour leadership development workshop will help you explore your personal values and goals to work out what it is you want out of life and how to get there. This workshop is great for FedUni students just starting out on their leadership journey and for those wanting to re-evaluate where you are on your leadership journey.

9.30am to 10.30am, Wednesday 10 May

Ubuntu Encounter Breakfast (5 Points): "I am, because we are"At this Ubuntu Encounter Breakfast your hosts, FedUni student Ashley Melenhorst, Fr Constantine and Erica Echstein, will introduce us to the African concept of Ubuntu and invite you to be a part of creating a more harmonious community where diversity is celebrated and everyone is welcomed and accepted. Please join us for breakfast and learn how Ubuntu philosophy can contribute to a culture of connectedness, empathy and belonging in an increasingly polarized and fragmented world. Breakfast will include a selection of continental and cooked breakfast options, as well as a chance to sample a traditional African fat cake. Tickets are free for FedUni students, $11.50 for staff and community members and can be booked via

3.30pm to 4.50pm, Thursday 11 May

What Fires Together Wires Together - Better Understanding your Mind (5 Points):
This workshop will provide an introduction to understanding why your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, and teflon for positive experiences;

  • An awareness of your emotion regulation systems for improved mental focus;
  • The link between your physiology and your ability to think more deeply and creatively;
  • Knowing why - where you put your attention really matters.

Lynne Reeder will be leading this workshop. Lynne is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health at Federation University Australia, and a Director of the public interest Think Tank Australia21. She is the project lead on Australia21’s Empathy project and a member of its Research Committee. In 2015 Lynne completed a study which examined the role of empathy conversations as a policy tool and presented the findings at the 3rd Global Empathy conference held at Oxford University, UK. She completed her PhD (Monash University) on the international relations theory of global interdependence, which included a focus on the ethical aspects of global governance. She trained as a meditation teacher with Deepak Chopra in the US and currently teaches mindfulness at a regional hospital cancer centre.

3.30pm to 5pm, Monday 29 May (TBC)

Finding Your Voice (5 Points):
A practical introduction to public speaking. Get ready to take part in voice coaching exercises and see how you can truly engage audiences in what you want to say by using your voice as a tool.

Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 June

Mental Health First Aid (10 Points):
This nationally accredited 2 day face-to-face course will help you to better understand mental health issues and give you the skills to support others facing mental health crisis. Training is delivered by FedUni's student counselling team. The course costs $50 to cover the training materials, including a MHFA manual to keep.