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Wellbeing at Monash & Monash Sport newsletter April 2012

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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.

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In the April edition:

Wellbeing events & news

Join the Monash Health Revolution and commit to making a change today

Staff are invited to join the health revolution and commit to making a healthy lifestyle change.

The Health Revolution campaign launched by Wellbeing at Monash-OHS and Monash Sport will ask staff and students to commit to making a change in one of four key areas: physical activity, mental health, nutrition/food or general revolution4box

Dr Vicki Ashton, Occupational Physician says there’s never a bad time to make a change. “By committing to one small change from the key risk factor areas, you will not only improve the way you feel today but reduce your risk of disease”.

“Any effort you make to improve your health is a step in the right direction, even if you encounter setbacks from time to time”. Dr Ashton says.

The Health Revolution campaign further supports the University’s commitment to providing a healthy workplace and study environment for all staff and students.

For further information and to make your commitment visit the Health Revolution.

Have you registered for your free WorkHealth check?

More than 1950 staff have registered for a free 15 minute WorkHealth check.waist_measuring_tape

Participants will receive immediate, confidential results and advice on blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, waist circumference and more.

Delivered by an accredited WorkHealth provider, your results will remain private and your employer will not receive any personal information about your health.

Dates: March – April
Locations: Most campuses
How to book: Register for an appointment online at your preferred campus

SWAP to better health! In office pilates, boxing, zumba and yoga classes

Get out of the office in the new year and energise your body using the Staff Wellbeing and Activity Program (SWAP).swap cover newsletter

EResearch, HR, Facilities & Services, Education, ITS, OHS, the Alfred, Engineering and Medicine all participated in a SWAP Program during 2011.

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.

How does your health rate?

The Wellbeing at Monash online Wellness Record assesses your current health in order to develop plans that best suit your individual risk assess

The Wellness Record gives you a score out of 100 for your current health – and enables you to return as often as you like to update your information and review your score. It’s great motivation to see just how much you can improve your score!

Register for the online program here then complete your wellness record. You will also be invited to complete a risk assessment survey:

Lung Health Risk Assessment Tool
This short assessment measures your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It consists of 6 questions relating to your age, smoking history and symptoms.

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool
Based on Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2010) Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK).

Back Care Checklist
Back injuries, and how best to treat them, can vary significantly from person to person. Our Back Pain Survey aims to assess whether the Back Care Program is suitable for you.

Heart Health Risk Assessment Tool
This short assessment measures your risk of developing coronary artery disease in the next 5 years. It consists of 6 questions including cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

New Mindfulness at Work programs

Mindfulness involves a series of simple meditative practices and cognitive strategies that help change unproductive thought and behaviour patterns. Mindfulness can also be described as an attitude to living and can enhance your:mental health mindfulness-exercises-02

  • stress management
  • work and study performance
  • contentment, peace of mind and balance
  • concentration and focus in the moment
  • resilience
  • physical and emotional health

Dr Craig Hassed, from the Department of General Practice, is now working with Health and Wellbeing to expand the range of resilience-building programs.

Mindfulness programs and resources include:

Looking for a walking buddy on campus?

walking_walking_groupFitness Connect is a new online program developed by Monash Sport that allows users to find and get active with someone of a similar fitness level and ability in exercise and/or sport.

Exercising with a friend makes working out more enjoyable with many studies indicating the benefits regarding motivation, support and exercise longevity. Find your buddy today on the

Free Get Active classes – Parkville

Pilates-womenFollowing the results of the Parkville health checks, Monash Sport are now offering free weekly classes. This is a great opportunity for Parkville staff to get out of the office and get active!

Boxing: Mondays 5pm, Cossar Hall
Boot Camp: Wednesdays 7.30-8.30am, meet at the Flagpole
Mindfulness meditation: Wednesdays 12-12.30pm, pharmaceutics meeting room
Pilates: Thursdays 5pm, Cossar Hall.

Enquiries: Contact Michael Jones, Monash Sport x51073

Faculty of IT – supporting Bowel Cancer research

Faculty of IT are selling the new 2012 | 2013 Greater Melbourne Entertainment™ Books as a fund-raiser wientertainment_book_2012_2013th $13 from every book sold going to bowel cancer research.   Books are packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for the best restaurants, cafes, hotel accommodation, attractions and activities.

Pre-order the new 2012|2013 Entertainment™ Books today and receive over $170 in additional offers!

Cost: $65 per Entertainment Book
Contact:  Margaret Croxford, Faculty of IT, Phone: 0447336374 or

Confidential, external employee counselling and new Manager Assist Program

EAP is a professional, external, confidential counselling service available free-of-charge to all University EAP3employees 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.

Weight Watchers at Work Program

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.WeightWatchers2

About the program: The program consists of one weekly lunchtime meeting for 13 weeks

Cost: $246 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 and your campus in the subject line. 12 participants are required for the program to proceed.

Gippsland walking group

10000-stepsGet out and about at lunchtime and join the Gippsland Walking Group.

When: Monday and Thursday 12.30 – 1pm
Meet: At the Knuckle – 1st floor, outside of eSolutions.
Leaders: Shane Paynter, Audra Glavas, Vonnie Boreham

Do you take public transport to Monash?

Public Transport user Have you ever taken public transport to get to any of Monash’s campuses? We’d like to learn more about your journey!bus smartbus-bu

Participants are sought to complete a survey about their experience of travelling to the university by public transport. The online survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Participants must have travelled to/from the university by public transport at least once. Complete the survey online or contact Bernadette Fitzgibbon

Healthy Volunteers Needed for Social Brain Study

Research participants aged between 18-40 years are needed for a study investigating how our brain allows us to understand our social environment; for example, knowing other people’s thoughts and intentions.

This research is being conducted at the Alfred Hospital, and involves attending two one-hour testing sessions. Participants will be reimbursed for their travel costs.

If you are interested in participating, or to find out more information, please visit the webpage or contact Bernadette Fitzgibbon

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

MPARC now open!

MAWC FINAL RENDER_300DPI editedMonash Sport is taking a leap forward on the Peninsula with the launch of the new Monash Peninsula Activity and Recreation Centre (MPARC) facility.

This new facility is open to Monash University students, staff and the general community. It offers a large fitness centre, a group fitness studio, two court basketball stadiums with viewing platforms, an exercise physiology lab and a movement and performance studio.

The new centre is sure to enhance the campus’ ‘Health Active Community’ theme with its specialised teaching and learning spaces and facilities for public use.

Find out more about this fantastic leap forward for health and fitness on the Peninsula!

Easter Eating and Fitness TipsEaster-Egg

Easter is a great time of family celebration; it can also be a rather indulgent time with Easter eggs, hot cross buns and lots of family meals to enjoy during the Easter get-together! While Easter eating should stay traditional and delicious; simple steps like reducing the fat and salt content or adopting alternative cooking methods can help you stay healthy and fit throughout this celebrative season.

  • Follow these simple tips to keep your meals healthy:
  • Use the freshest ingredients you can find.
  • Choose oily fish such as salmon or ocean trout to give your omega 3 levels a boost.
  • Use extra virgin olive oil for traditional roast meals.
  • Make your own salad dressing.
  • Try making your own Hot Cross Buns, and add some Gourmet Garden Ginger for added flavour and an antioxidant boost.

While healthy Easter eating is essential; it is also important to not forget about the workouts. Of course, continue going to the gym everyday during Easter can be seen as too obsessive. Therefore, a ‘condensed-but-intense-workout’ at home will help to keep the muscle growth/fat loss process going during this holiday.


Customise your own 30-minute workout that combines THREE lower body workouts and THREE upper body exercises.

  • Warm up with exercises like marching or jogging in place,
  • Do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise,
  • Do 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise,
  • Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place.
  • Repeat this whole routine two or even three times.

Doug Ellis Pool Re-Opening

Fit Camp

Monash Sport are proud to announce the final piece of the puzzle – the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool has now been re-opened to students, staff and the community following the completion of the retiling project!

This much improved campus facility underwent retiling on the 25 metre heated main and adjoining leisure pools over the course of the last 3 months to compliment the 25 metre heated variable depth pool, spa, sauna and steam rooms offered at Monash Sport Clayton.

We invite all swimmers to experience this spectacular refurbished facility first hand, and all new users can enjoy the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool with a free 7 day trial!

This transformation at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool completes a suite of new facilities across Monash Sport including the recent opening of the brand new Monash Peninsula Activity and Recreation Centre (MPARC) at Peninsula, the expanded Caulfield Health and Fitness Centre and the refurbished Clayton Health and Fitness Centre and new informal sports zone.

Fit Camp at Monash Sport

Fit Camp

People dream up all sorts of wild thoughts when you tell them you’re about to join a ‘fit camp’ program. They warn of endless push-ups and unrelenting army-style tyrant coaches, and buckets of sweat you’ll need a mop to wipe up.

Those warnings are only about half right, our fitness instructors at Monash Sport are no tyrants, but they will find a way to encourage and motivate you through a typical fit camp session.

Monash Sport has been running Fit Camp for about four years now, and in that time we have developed a loyal following amongst our participants. Fit Camp is designed to give people workouts they wouldn’t get using machines in the gym.

The beauty of working out outside is we can use the grass and terrain to our advantage, which allows us to design a workout in almost any sort of conditions. When the weather is great, the classes are held outside, when it’s cold, dark and wet, the workouts can be modified to be run inside our Fitness Centres.

Fit Camp is also a team effort, and the nature of the program provides support to those who are doing it for their first time. At Monash Sport we can tailor each session to suit anyones fitness level.

For more information on Fit Camp, please see our website, the next sessions will be starting at the Clayton campus on Monday 23 April.

Mother’s Day Classic Registrations Now Open!

DSC_0202 editedSince 2005 TeamMONASHTM has helped the Monash community celebrate the Mother’s Day Classic by participating in a walk, run or stroll through Alexandra Gardens and the Tan Track for breast cancer research.

Join TeamMONASHTM at the Classic again on Sunday 13 May, 2012 along with your friends, family, and colleagues for one of four events; the 4km or 8km walk and the 4km or 8km run. For all first time TeamMONASHTM participants, you can get yourself a fantastic FREE TeamMONASHTM singlet or T-shirt just for taking part!

Early bird registrations are open now until Wednesday 11 April, so be quick and remember it’s FREE to register with TeamMONASHTM for uniform eligibility and a free cloakroom service at the event once you have paid to register with the event organiser.

To make the day more special, you can dedicate your race to support or remember someone dear and their fight against breast cancer or even share your story to inspire others to take part. To register with TeamMONASHTM for this truly unique event visit this page.

World Health Day – 7 April, 2012

DSC_0202 editedEvery year, World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (founded 1948). This annual global campaign invites everyone to focus on new and emerging health issues. World Health Day provides great opportunity to start collective action to protect people’s health and well-being.

This year, the theme is all about “Good health adds life to years”. Life expectancy has increased dramatically, while birth rates are generally falling. Ageing concerns each and every one of us, but this social transformation represents both challenges and opportunities. Countries and health care systems will need to find innovative and sustainable ways to cope with the demographic shift.

For more information about World Health Day 2012, click here!

Looking to get outdoors on your lunch break? Visit the new Informal Sport Zone

Clayton 14.2.12 003 editedThe brand new Informal Sport Zone facility is now open and features a synthetic surfaced outdoor soccer pitch and basketball court.

And the best part of this modern venue? It’s free for Monash staff and students.

The Informal Sport zone is located at the Clayton campus tennis court complex on former courts 9 and 10. It’s available for use around the clock with automatic floodlights for late evening sessions.

Sport at Monash Calendar

Calender Don’t know when key events are? There will be no more excuses with the Sport at Monash calendar exclusive to Monash staff.

Conveniently feeding times, dates, locations and web links to everything ‘sport at Monash’ directly into your Google calendar, the Sport at Monash calendar is perfect for fitting in a planned or spontaneous sport and activity into even the busiest schedule!

To access the Sport at Monash calendar, login into the portal, select the Sport at Monash tick box and update your subscription. The Sport at Monash calendar will now appear overlaid on your personal Google calendar.

Fitness Connect Web AdFitness Connect

Fitness Connect is a service which allows users to find and workout with someone of a similar fitness level and ability in exercise and/or sport.

Exercising with a friend makes working out more enjoyable with many studies indicating the benefits regarding motivation, support and exercise longevity.

The service can be found through

Semester 1 Group Fitness new timetable

Group Fitness is a fantastic way to meet new people or rekindle old friendships whilst exercising and achieving your fitness goals. New timetables are now operational and include more classes such as Zumba, BodyPump and Cycle!

You can find the timetables for Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses online at Monash Sport

Discounts for staff

Corporate health insurance offers from BUPA (HBA)

Monash staff who sign up as a new member with BUPA 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.

Corporate benefits include:BUPA_3_COL_TEMP_AW

  • 2 and 6 month waiting period waiver on extras
  • Award Winning Corporate Products – not available to the public
  • BUPA will  waive 1 excess for singles and 2 excesses for families for same day or overnight admissions into hospital.^
  • Claim more back – members on corporate extras covers can increase the amount they can claim each year by a set amount for most services for the first six years. As part of Monash University corporate health plan you can start claiming at year 3 Loyalty maximums and will increase each year for the next 3 years.
  • A range of discounts and deals from specially selected partners, so whether it’s fitness and sports you’re interested in or rest, relaxation and travel—you can choose what suits your needs.‡

More info: Visit a BUPA 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 pricing information see health insurance discounts.

Book now for June school holidays! Save up to 50% on holiday accommodation

peppers palm coveMonash staff now have access to the exclusive Departure Lounge with discounted rates at selected Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties throughout Australia and New Zealand.

These rates are exclusive to Monash staff and can be booked up to 12 months in advance. Rates are best when searching for 3 night stays and at least one month in advance (there is limited availability within the next 28 days).

  • April specials includes Noosa, Coffs Harbour, Kingscliff, Gold Coast. Valid for stays 1 May to 30 June
  • Qld specials: Gold Coast and Broadbeach 2 bedroom apartment from $135 per night, valid for stays 1 May to 30 June

To book: Visit Departure Lounge and enter the password: monashstaff

Doncaster MINI & BMW corporate program

Donaster BMW is delighted to offer Monash staff access to the exclusive corporate program. Benefits include:

  • Complimentary scheduled servicing for 4 years or 60,000kmbmw
  • Valet interior and exterior wash after servicing
  • A dedicated Corporate Sales Team
  • Exclusive overnight test drive of any MINI or BMW
  • Program benefits extended to your spouse

Contact: Marior Giannattilio, Corporate Sales Manager, Doncaster BMQ, ph 88480000 or

Feel back or neck pain?back_pain

Are you suffering from: back pain, neck pain, recurrent headaches or sports injuries? You may benefit from visiting a chiropractor. Azari Chiropractic, located in Mt Waverley (5mins from Clayton campus) is offering staff a free initial visit. Ph: 9802 1112 or visit Azari Chiropractics for further information

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

Milk, bread, fruit and vegies delivered to your door

aussie farmersMonash 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 for staff for full details.

Dell computer specials

Save up to 15% off a great range of products from Dell.

1) Visit the Dell website 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.

10% off magazine subscriptions

ACP 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 subscriptions, visit Magshop or order by phone and quote discount code: P10MUNI

The Convenient Kitchen – We create, We shop, We deliver!

conv kitchThe Convenient Kitchen deliver to your door a grocery bag packed with 5 healthy yummy recipes and all their accompanying market fresh vegetables, meats, fish and poultry for your week’s home cooking.   No more thinking “what will I cook tonight” no more rushing to the supermarket after work to quickly get what you need, it’s all in your pantry or fridge at home already!

Monash staff offer: 20% discount on all full priced grocery bags for 5 dinners*. Phone 98222877 and mention Monash or visit The Convenient Kitchen and add ” Monash” in the special requirements section. *Available to all new customers only.

Travelling soon? Discounted Airport Lounge accessvirgin

Sign 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:

Avis car rentals

Hot Air Ballooning

Visit discounts for staff for more information