Archive for August, 2011

Wellbeing at Monash newsletter – August

Monday, August 1st, 2011
Read about the latest Wellbeing and Monash Sport events, services and activities. Monash aims to assist staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance using a holistic approach – mind, body, spirit and the community. There are some great prizes to win so read on!

In the August edition:

Wellbeing events & news

10,000 Steps Challenge is coming!

10000 steps logoThe 10,000 Steps Challenge is coming to your office in October! Registrations open from mid September, keep an eye out for more details! Start getting your steps up, download campus walking maps or schedule a walking meeting today.

Are you a cycling enthusiast?

Do you cycle to, from or around Monash University? Do you have an interest in the infrastructure, facilities and profile of bike2cycling at Monash University? If so, the Monash community Bicycle User Group (McBUG) would like to hear from you.

McBUG promotes cycling as a viable transport alternative to, from and around Monash University and promotes the benefits of cycling and shares cycling news and events around Monash.

More info? Become a member of the Monash UniBUG group and receive updates of bike news and events around campus.  The group is ready to hear you suggestions about all things bike related; bike racks, stations, storage facilities, events and training opportunities at Monash.  Become a friend of McBUG on facebook.

Calling all Mental Health First Aid trained staff

Monash mental health first aid trained staff are invited to attend a special event.

mhfa_logoThis event is a great opportunity to meet fellow MHF Aiders and hear ways to best encourage and promote positive wellbeing in your department.
Psychologist Shyama Faud will also provide a brief refresher about the important role you can play as a MHF Aider at Monash.
A light lunch will be provided
When: Friday 26 August, 12.45pm-1.30pm
Where: Health and Wellbeing seminar room, Building 10, Clayton
Register: online here

Free health checks coming to Caulfield and Clayton

All Monash staff members have the opportunity to participate in free WorkHealth health checks.

health checkThe one on one free health checks will take approximately 20 minutes and is a great opportunity to learn more about the state of your health. The checks are delivered by an independent company, your results will remain private and your employer will not receive any personal information about your health.

You will receive immediate results and advice on:
·         Blood pressure
·         Blood glucose
·         Cholesterol
·         Waist circumference
·         And more

Upcoming campuses: Caulfield, Clayton, 700 Blackburn Rd, F&S and HR
How to book: Learn when the health checks will be at your campus via the booking system.

Employee Assistance Program

eap1The University is committed to a supportive work environment and the health and wellbeing of its staff.  As part of this commitment, it provides staff with free-of-charge access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Manager Assist.

EAP is a professional, confidential counselling service available free-of-charge to all University employees and their immediate family members.  The service can be of assistance when staff are experiencing work-related, personal and/or health problems.

Manager Assist is a phone consulting service available to University Supervisors and Managers, providing practical advice and support.  The service is tailored to meet individual needs when step by step advice or a sounding board is needed.

Further information can be found on the University’s EAP website or phone  1800 350 359.

Book now for the September school holiday program

school holsYour child will love the fun, exciting activities at MUSHP.  Activities include swimming, indoor and outdoor sport, water polo, adventure days, cinema, science, cooking, drama and music, art and craft.

When: The program will run from 26 September-7 October.  Bookings open Monday 1 September.  Visit the booking webpage.

The Monash Science Centre also offers a school holiday program.

Pilates, zumba or yoga class in your office

SWAP promoEResearch, HR, Facilities & Services, Education, ITS, OHS, the Alfred, Engineering and Medicine have all registered for the Staff Wellbeing & Activity Program.

SWAP has been designed to bring on campus activity to your office! With 30 or 60 minute yoga, zumba, boxing and pilates classes from just $8 per person, get your colleagues together and organise a class at a time that suits you!

Download the new SWAP brochure for all pricing and program information.

Weight Watchers at Caulfield is coming!

Caulfield staff the opportunity to enrol in a new Weight Watchers Program. With the convenience of weekly meetings on campus*, you’ll get the guidance that you need to succeed and stay on track to achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals.

waist_measuring_tapeAbout the program: The program will consist of one weekly meeting for 13 weeks and will commence in August.
Cost: $233.35 for 13 week program (payment must be made upfront by cash or card at the first meeting).  Some private health insurance providers provide a partial refund.
How to register: Send your interest to join a program to with WW Caulfield in the subject line.  Other campuses welcome to register for their own campus program.  A minimum of 12 people required for the program to proceed.

Free UniSuper seminars

UniSuper offers Monash staff a range of free seminars  covering all kinds of super related topics. Upcoming topics unisuper-logoinclude:

September: Contribution caps –tips, traps and strategies
October: Which UniSuper Pension is right for you
November: Super and financial considerations for women

For more information visit the UniSuper seminars webpage

Peninsula Health Hour, new $2 Get Active lunchtime classes!

grpexFollowing the success of the Peninsula Health Hour Movers and Shakers Program, Monash Sport are now offering a weekly rotating lunchtime class.

This is a great opportunity for Peninsula staff to get out of the office and get active!  The rotating timetable means a new class each week and at only $2 per person per week, now is the time to grab your friends and get active! Classes will include pilates, cycle, yoga, zumba and much more!
When: Commencing weekly from Tuesday 16 August, 12.15pm-12.45pm
Where: Monash Sport, Peninsula
Cost: $2 per person, per class. Payment made at beginning of class
Register: Email and you will receive a weekly reminder sent to your calendar.

On campus cooking courses

Enrol for a short course in Indian Vegetarian Cooking or Sushi Making at the Monash Short Courses Centre.

cooking-classIndian Vegetarian Cooking: Spice up your life! 2 day course. The first day focuses on the milder north Indian cuisine whilst the second day covers traditional south Indian techniques and tastes. Participate in, and assist with, dish preparation and tasting. A step-by-step recipe book is included. Req: Apron, notepad & pen, container to take home samples. Saturdays, 10am-3.30pm, 2 sessions on 20 and 27 August. Monash staff price $133

Sushi Making: Learn the art of Sushi making in this fun, hands-on practical cooking course, food is eaten in class or can be taken home. Saturdays 10-4pm,  on 13 August, Monash staff price $105

All courses held at Monash Short Courses Centre at Clayton. For more information call x53180

Competition winners and your chance to win

For your chance to win a Village Cinemas movie ticket tell us what you think of the new layout of the newsletter or provide a suggestion for Wellbeing at Monash or Monash Sport (or any wellbeing service you would like to see) Provide feedback via email

Monash Sport news and offers

An Alpine Adventure

Ever thought about heading to the snow but thought it would be too expensive or just too difficult to organise?   With great snowfall this winter there is no better time to plan a trip away to enjoy the white, fluffy stuff at the Monash University Alpine Lodge!

Centrally located and offering affordable rates,  Alpine Lodge is the best way to see and experience  snow capped Mt Buller in entirety.

The lodge offers self-catered accommodation with a fully equipped communal kitchen. This gives you the choice of eating in or out and the lodge also offers a TV and DVD for those who wish to stay inside, relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

But make sure you get in quick before the season ends and you have to wait another long year to slide down the ski slopes.  Read more about the Alpine Lodge about the lodge online.

Monash Sport Member Seminar – Lessons on Training from Elite Sport

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As a special Monash Sport privilege to our members, we will be holding a member seminar on how to improve your training and get the best out of your fitness program.

Victorian Institute of Sport’s (VIS) Strength and Conditioning Coach Michael Crooks will lead the seminar and will be concentrating on providing members with ways to incorporate elite athlete training approaches into everyday training programs.

This exclusive seminar will show members how regular maintenance of training programs can lead to better results and bring them closer to achieving personal fitness goals. To make the most of Mr Crooks knowledge members of Monash Sport can take up Monash Sport’s unlimited health assessments and program reviews to get you on the way.

When: Wednesday 21 September, 2011,  7:00pm
Where: Monash University, Clayton Campus, Sports Building (Building 1)

For more information, keep an eye on the Monash Sport Website over the coming weeks!

Monash Activity and Wellness Centre at Peninsula CampusMonash Activity & Wellnes Centre

Monash Sport is excited to announce the near completion of the Peninsula Fitness Centre facilities available for use by students, staff and the general public.

Designed by Harmer Architecture and constructed by Walton, the Monash Activity and Wellness Centre (MAWC) boasts a Green Star rating on the Peninsula Campus.

The new Activity and Wellness Centre will improve upon the current Monash Sport Peninsula site by offering an expanded fitness centre, new sport courts and a teaching and research facility, allowing members a unique experience.

The Activity and Wellness Centre is expected to open in early 2012 and gives Monash Sport the opportunity to continue to offer the best in facilities and programs to its members.

Monash Sport Caulfield expansion

Monash Sport will be expanding and upgrading the Caulfield Campus gymnasium in conjunction with the University’s Facilities and Services division. Group Manager of Services and Operations Brett Lavale said “the new gym will expand into a disused kitchen space and will incorporate an expanded cardio-zone and a cutting edge functional resistance training area” Works will commence in late 2011 and will be completed by early 2012. Further information will be made available as the project develops.

Get fit and get involved for a good cause – Melbourne Marathon

web-ad-mm2-2011TeamMONASH™ and the St. George Melbourne Marathon Festival will be supporting two charities this year – James Macready-Bryan Foundation and the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC).

The James Macready-Bryan Foundation provides financial support for care and rehabilitation and a public voice for young people who suffer from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and their families.

The Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) provides early intervention education programs and teach children how to walk and communication when they would otherwise have been unable to.

So get on board TeamMONASH™ with this years race options including:

  • Kids 2.5km RUN
  • Asics 4km WALK
  • ASICS 5.7km RUN
  • The Coffee Club 10km
  • SALONPAS Half Marathon 21.1km
  • St. George Melbourne Marathon 42.195km

Monash Sport Member Rewards Program

All Monash Sport members now have access to the following great member rewards!

Autopia tours are offering Monash Sport members a 20% discount on all products featured in their brochure.

STA Travel at Caulfield and Clayton have three special offers for members: 10% off International Comprehensive Travel Insurance, 10% off all GAP tours (excluding the Independent and iStyle tours) and 5% off Topdeck, Contiki tours, Adventure Tours and Planeterra Volunteering Trips.

HBA offer Monash Sport members two weeks free membership when joining the HBA Monash Sport Health Plan and will also have the two month ‘Waiting Periods’ waived for the ‘Retail Extras products’.

Read more information about these exciting offers and more with the Monash Sport Members Rewards Program.


For more news and offers from Monash Sport, visit

Discounts for staff

adidas factory outlet – 30-40% discount off rrp

AdidasadiCentre is offering Monash staff the chance to save 30% off rrp or save 40% when you spend $300 in the month of August

When: Factory outlet opening hours Monday to Friday 9:30am-5pm. Thursday’s till 7pm. Saturday 6 and 20 August 9:30am-3pm
Where: adidas Head Office, 767 Springvale Rd. Mulgrave Vic.
Register: You must phone 9263 5276 to book in.

Fresh milk, bread, fruit and vegies delivered to your door, Aussie Farmers Direct offeraussie farmers

Monash staff, family and friends, receive $20 off your first order. Aussie Farmers is a 100% Australian owned fruit and vegetables, groceries and organic food, delivered to your door free! Visit the discounts webpage for full details

One month free health insurance with HBA

HBA_LogoMonash staff who sign up as a new member with HBA on the Monash University Corporate Health Plan receive access to a specially designed corporate suite of Health Insurance products. These products contain built-in savings that are not available to the general public.

August special offer: Join Bupa hospital & extras cover during August and get one month free, plus you’ll go into the draw to win 1 of 10 Wii Fit Plus packages. The offer is available to all new Bupa Corporate customers who sign up to both hospital and extras cover during the campaign period.

More info: Visit a HBA Retail Centre or call 1800 649 406 and quote the Monash University corporate group number – 122265. *Payment must be made by payroll deduction. For detailed information see health insurance discounts.

Lite n’ Easy

logo_lite-easyLite n’ Easy offer a $25 discount off their 7-day meal pack to new customers. Call 131512 and quote ‘Monash Uni discount offer’.

10% off magazine subscriptions

partner_magshopACP magazines are offering Monash University staff members a 10% discount on the following magazines titles:

  • APC
  • Australian PC User
  • Australian Geographic
  • Australian Women’s Weekly
  • Cleo
  • Cosmo
  • Empire
  • Good Health & Medicine
  • Madison
  • Money
  • Motor
  • Shop Til You Drop
  • Wheels

To receive the 10% discount on subscription

.s, visit If you order by phone please quote discount code: P10MUNI

Does you Wardrobes, kitchen and laundry need updating?

Tired of your old wardrobe, laundry or kitchen? Acclaim wardrobes are ready to offer a free quote and 2 free movie tickets with every order. Based in the eastern suburbs, contact Rob on 0407 680 087.

Dell August specials

Save 20%^ on Dell All-In-One Desktops and save up to 15%^ on selected Dell products.

Visit the Dell epp webpage to view a great range of discounts on a wide range of products from Dell.

1) Simply visit and enter the sales code (AUEPP) and your organisation name.

2) Start shopping. Use the featured coupon codes to redeem your discount at the checkout.

3) Alternatively, call 1300 730 755.

Travelling soon? Discounted Airport Lounge access

PrintSign up for a discounted airport lounge membership and enjoy the benefits! Lounges include

Priority Pass: access to 600+ lounges worldwide
Virgin Blue The Lounge
Qantas Club Lounge

Visit Airport Lounge discounts for more information.

Other discounts available to Monash staff:

Visit Monash discounts for more information