Archive for June, 2012

Wellbeing at Monash & Monash Sport newsletter – June

Monday, June 4th, 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 June edition:

Wellbeing events & news

Have you registered for the GLOBAL Monash walk/run?

All Monash staff are invited to take a step toward better health and participate in the Monash GLOBAL walk/  More than 500 staff have already registered to take part in the event.

Delivered in conjunction with Wellbeing at Monash, Monash Sport and Andrology Australia, the fifth bi-annual GLOBAL walk/run coincides with Men’s Health Week – aiming to increase the awareness and knowledge of men’s health.

Staff can register to participate in the on campus GLOBAL 3km walk or 5km run.

Former Olympic swimmer Matt Welsh will be attending the Clayton event, courtesy of the staff health insurance discount offered by BUPA.

Date: Wednesday 13th June, 12.15pm-1pm
Campuses: Alfred, Bendigo, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Parkville, Peninsula
Cost: Gold coin donation to Andrology Australia
Interested? Register online

All participants will receive a Health Smart lunch at the end of the event and go in the draw to win great prizes.


What aspect of your health and wellbeing would you like to change?

portal draftStaff 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 asks staff and students to commit to making a change in one of four key areas: physical activity, mental health, nutrition/food or general health.

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.


Participation is key to good health at Monash

As part of the University’s commitment to creating a culture of productive, engaged and healthy employees, an organisational Wellbeing Key Performance Indicator has been introduced. warm up

With an increasing focus by the government on strategies to support Australians to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, staff participation in wellbeing events will be assessed at Faculty and Department level.

Staff are encouraged to participate in the great range of wellbeing programs available, aiming to achieve 30% staff participation. The percentage of participation will be reported on OHS Scorecards.

Programs include: GLOBAL walk/run, Staff Wellbeing & Activity Program, Mental Health First Aid, TeamMONASH events, Mindfulness seminars and training, Health Revolution, 10,000 Steps Challenge, Mental Health Week seminars and campus specific activities.


Online health programs for your family

View the great range of  Wellbeing at Monash online programs for the whole family including:


Make the healthier choice for lunch today – choose HealthSmart / EarthSmart

You can now make a healthy and environmentally sustainable choice when purchasing  food from outlets on logos

The HealthSmart logo on a food item means the item is a healthier food choice, mainly consisting of fresh ingredients and no added salt or sugar and higher nutritional quality.

The EarthSmart logo on a menu means the item is an environmentally sustainable food choice, as well as being good for you.

Look for the HealthSmart or EarthSmart logo at your campus food outlet today!


Ready to make a change? Join the Get Well Challenge at Caulfield and Gippsland

If you are you ready to make a change to your health and fitness, now is the time to join the Get Well challenge!

20 Monash Clayton staff recently participated in the launch of the demo-outdoor-exercise-2Get Well Challenge with great results.  Darlene McGown from Faculty of Education has enjoyed being part of the program.

“I have really enjoyed each session and working out with a great group of ladies from all across the University. Our instructor has been encouraging us to achieve things that we never thought we’d be able to do and there is lots of support from the group to keep pushing ourselves! If you want to get fitter and more active I would highly recommend you participate in the program”.

Caulfield 8 week program:
Suitable for beginners, the program will help you to increase your health and fitness by participating in two outdoor Get Active sessions per week.

Dates: Program to commence week of 11th June.  45minute Get Active sessions will be held twice a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday at Caulfield campus.
Cost: $10 per session ($160 payment for 8 week program)
Register your interest: Email with Get Well in the subject line, you will then receive more information. 

Gippsland 6 week Challengepilates

Monash Sport in conjunction with the Office of PVC Gippsland, Wellbeing at Monash, MRS and Latrobe Leisure Churchill are pleased to announce the new Get Well Gippsland 6 week program.

The 6 week program is suitable for all levels of fitness and will provide staff  with the opportunity to participant in up to 24 classes. The program runs Monday – Thursday each week, at a cots of $5 per class.

For schedule details and to register for this fantastic program, contact Shane Paynter on ext 26221 or email


Energise your team with the SWAP program!

Are you looking for something to bond your team? Is it time for your colleagues to get active? Get out of the office and energise your body using the Staff Wellbeing and Activity Program (SWAP).group-exercise-image-f

eSolutions, Faculty of Arts, Engineering and Education and HR have all participated in a SWAP Program in 2012.

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!

Staff participation in a SWAP program will contribute to your 30% wellbeing participation KPI.

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


Improve your stress, concentration and peace of mind

Monash offers a range of mental health programs and services for employees, including:



  • On campus counselling service available at many campuses
  • EAP: External counselling service available free-of-charge to all employees and their immediate family members
  • Manager Assist hotline: to help managers and supervisor lead, manage and support their team

Other Mental Health

  • Mental Health First Aid training: learn how to help people in the early stages of mental health problems
  • Self help fact sheets: Motivation and procrastination, Memory and concentration, Managing stress, General wellbeing and Dealing with a crisis
  • SafeTALK is a half-day internationally recognised training program delivered by HR and the Safer Community Team which increases suicide alertness, and helps you become active in preventing suicide and promoting life. You will learn to recognize and engage others who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with further suicide intervention help.

Programs and services available at Monash campuses


Free Get Active classes including Boxing: Mondays 5pm at 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

Get out and about at lunchtime and join the Gippsland Walking Group. Monday’s 12.30 – 1pm, meet at the Knuckle – 1st floor, outside of eSolutions. Leaders: Shane Paynter, Audra Glavas, Vonnie Borehammental health relaxing

Box Hill
Krunchies Boot Camp, Nelson Rd, opposite Box Hill Hospital. Monday and Wednesday 6-7pm, 6 weeks $129, visit Krunchies for more information

Free lunchtime meditation class, Tuesday’s 12.30-1.30pm, Building 930, Health and Wellbeing Hub

group-exercise-image-fHave you visited the new Monash Peninsula Activity and Recreation Centre (MPARC)? Facilities include a weights gym and cardio zone, group fitness classes including Les Mills and Zumba, Sport competitions including basketball, Futsal and netball  and Court hire including badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball.

Dietician consultations now available at Caulfield Campus

Monash Sport has a new exciting nutrition service available through Accredited Practicing Dietician (APD) Rebecca Hall.

This program will help you achieve your nutrition goals:healthsmart ham-sandwich

  • Individualised meal plans
  • Weight loss coaching
  • Performance nutrition
  • Healthy eating education
  • Chronic disease management

To introduce this new service, we are offering a discounted fee as per below. These 30 minute sessions will book out, so get in quick:

  • Every Monday from 3pm to 6pm
  • $20.00 for an individual consultation, or
  • $10.00 for group bookings (minimum of 4 people)

Call now for an appointment – 9903 2358 or email:

UniSuper Seminar: Retirement Planning

The Retirement Planning seminar provides members with the key issues to consider before exiting the workforce. Whether planning for an immediate retirement or just seeking to gain a beunisuper-logotter understanding of the central issues, this comprehensive seminar includes information on:

•       Retirement income adequacy
•       Accessing superannuation benefits
•       Centrelink benefits overview
•       Retirement income streams
•       Estate planning considerations

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2012, 4-5pm
Cost: Free
Venue: Building 25, Lecture Theatre S2, Clayton Campus
Bookings: Register online
For further information, contact Chandra Yellapragada x29585 or email

Free Working Parents Resilience Program

The Edge Coaching together with The City of Stonnington are offerinworking parentg The Working Parent Resilience Program. Consisting of 5 evening workshops:

Tuesday 12 June – Handle Guilt: Accept it, deal with it, and move on

Wednesday 25 July – Align Values: Identifying and aligning personal and professional values

Tuesday 14 August – Build Self Vision: Who are you now you’re a working mum and accepting the changes?

Wednesday 12 September – Create a Lifestyle Recipe: How to blend all the ingredients in your life together (work-life balance and more)

Tuesday 16 October – Better Time Management: Techniques to be able to fit it all in

Where: Prahran Library, Greville St. Prahran, 7pm-9pm
Bookings: Email or phone Children and Family Services  82903397. Places are limited. More information at City of Stonnington

Upcoming courses at Monash Short Court Centre

Relaxation Massage
Based on Swedish techniques, provides hands–on experience with practical methods to assist in the prevention and relief of common ailments such as headaches, tiredness, backaches and stress. Uses oils.   Dates: Saturday 30  June and Sunday 1 July.massage course

Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu is a therapeutic Japanese massage for health and vitality. It reduces fatigue and the effects of stress and is also an excellent treatment for muscular pain. Works on the whole body, covering the major pressure points.  Date: Saturday 23 June

Sushi Making
Learn the art of Sushi making in this fun, hands-on practical cooking course. Sushi is a great healthy lunch alternative which is quick and easy to make! Food is eaten in class or can be taken home (Please bring container). Date: Saturday 30 June

Lunchtime Weight Watchers 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 andWeightWatchers2 lifestyle goals.

About the program: The program consists of one weekly lunchtime meeting for 13 weeks
Cost: $18.90 per session 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.

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

Kyle Vander Kuyp – Sporting Seminar

As part of our ongoing service commitment to the Monash community, Monash Sport are pleased to announce our next Monash Sport Seminar.

Former Australian Olympic athlete Kyle Vander Kuyp will present ‘overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals’ as an opportunity to for you to increase your health and fitness knowledge.

Topic outline: “Overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals”

“In 2004, I was pushing my body and mind to the max. I had a bit of a rough patch and although I’d won the national title, I missed the Olympic qualifying time by one-tenth of a second. That meant I had to go to Europe and keep trying, putting me under more pressure”

Kyle’s sporting achievements and career highlights are 12-time National Champion, including eight consecutive titles, and Australian Record Holder for the 110m Hurdles (13.29 seconds) and 60m Hurdles (7.73 seconds). He has competed at two Olympics, four World Championships, four Commonwealth Games and two World Cups.

Seminar Details

When: Tuesday 19 June, 6.00pm

Where: Monash Sport – Building 1, Monash University, Clayton Campus

Cost: Free for all Monash University staff, students and Monash Sport members.

Find out more about this fantastic opportunity to get inside the mind of a sportsperson who has achieved at the highest level of his chosen field.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

We are currently seeking information from all our customers and users about how we can stay on top of our game. Simply take five to ten minutes to fill out our online survey and you could be rewarded with a one month membership at Monash Sport, or one of many $20 Rebel Sport vouchers!

Click here for more information and to take the survey!

Fit Camp – Upcoming Sessions

Fit Camp is a six week fun, social, challenging and rewarding way of training. For those about to embark on their first fitness program or looking for a new challenge Fit Camp is for you. Our flexible program structures are suitable for those who are just starting or those that are looking to take their fitness to the next level! The most important thing we include however is a positive team atmosphere that will leave a smile on your face at the end of each session!

Caulfield: Commencing Tuesday 19 June:

Tuesday & Thursday 5.30pm – 6.30pm (2 sessions per week).

Clayton: Commencing Monday 18 June:

Monday & Thursday 6.45am – 7.45am (2 sessions per week).

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, visit our website.

Clayton Extended Operating Hours

Based on the success of our three month trial, the Health and Fitness Centre at Clayton campus will be permanently extending its operating hours to 9am to 6pm on Sundays!

Being the centre of healthy and active lifestyles at Monash University, this decision is based entirely on member feedback and demonstrates our commitment to facilitating a more welcoming environment across more of the week.

If you’re in favour of this step towards providing effective services and solutions to members training needs, make sure you make the most of this fantastic opportunity to get in early for your Sunday session. All 12 month and direct debit members have reciprocal access to Clayton health and fitness centre to make the most of this opportunity.

Information on opening hours across all our facilities can be found online. We look forward to seeing you bright and early at Clayton health and fitness centre over the coming Sundays!

Nutrition consultations now available at Caulfield!

Take charge of your health one bite at a time! Our new Nutrition service available at the Caulfield campus is a great simple way to kick start your path to a healthier lifestyle. Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) Rebecca Hall will help you achieve your nutrition goals by:

  • Creating individualised meal plans
  • Coaching you through weight loss
  • Healthy eating education
  • Management of chronic diseases

To introduce this new service, we are offering a discounted fee as per below. These 30 minute sessions will book out, so get in quick:

  • Every Monday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
  • $20.00 for an individual consultation, or
  • $10.00 for group bookings (minimum of 4 people)

Call now for an appointment – 9903 2358 or email:


New Group Fitness Classes!

The Monash group fitness fanatics will welcome two all new trial classes to be introduced across Caulfield and Clayton group fitness timetables in addition to our existing quality programming.


Clayton campus – commencing Tuesday 12 June


Clayton campus will host Aqua Zumba, a twist on one of the most popular group fitness classes from the Zumba range of dance inspired fitness programs. This innovative new class adds an element of water resistance combined with a cardio workout which provides a safe, challenging, water-based fitness alternative in a low impact, supervised environment.

Held in the newly refurbished Doug Ellis Swimming Pool, Aqua Zumba classes commence Tuesday 12 June at 7.00am and will run for a trial period of four weeks. Each Aqua Zumba session runs for 45 minutes and can be accessed by Group Fitness, Aquatic and Centre membership holders. Casual visitors are also welcome.

Caulfield campus – commencing Thursday 7 June


Caulfield campus will benefit from the addition of the new Nia classes. Nia Technique has evolved over a quarter of a century to blend movements and concepts from Dance Arts, Martial Arts and Healing Arts into a dynamic routine.

To be performed by Certified Nia Instructor Carolyn Yuen, Nia classes are performed to music with each participant encouraged to move at his or her own level of intensity, adapting the moves to their body potential and needs at any given moment. The result will assist participants pleasure of living in their bodies by relieving stress, whilst strengthening and toning muscles. Nia technique may also encourage weight loss and improve flexibility, balance, mobility, endurance, posture and co-ordination.

Nia classes will commence on Thursday 7 June, 1.00-2.00pm. Classes will be available to group fitness membership holders and casual visitors throughout the trial.

Participation is the key to ensuring these fantastic new classes remain on your campus group fitness timetable, so make sure you make the most of the trial by joining in – even bring a friend or two!

You can access the entire Monash Sport group fitness timetables at Caulfield, Clayton and MPARC Peninsula online.


Monash Games – Faculty v Faculty – Department v Department

Held at the Clayton campus, Monash Games are an opportunity for staff and students across all Victorian campuses of the university to play modified sports in a fun and friendly environment over two days.

The Monash Games are now in it’s sixth year and offers a number of different sports and activities with an emphasis on getting involved and ‘having a go’. All skill levels are encouraged to take part from beginners to those that are advanced.

Monash Games present a great chance to represent your campus, meet new people and become involved in university life. If you are interested in participating, register online through our website!

Competition sports include; futsal, basketball, netball and volleyball. A staff only challenge is also available for those who cannot commit to the two days of competition.

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

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


Discounts for staff

30 June is crunch time for health insurance

Take out BUPA hospital cover under the Monash University corporate health plan by 30th June and avoid the Government’s Lifetime Health Cover loading.^ If you’re over 31 the GovernBUPA_3_COL_TEMP_AWment’s Lifetime Health Cover loading could add an extra 2% on top of your standard premium for each year you delay taking out private hospital cover.^


BUPA (HBA) health insurance staff offer

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: 

  • Join before 15th June and get one month free
  • 2 and 6 month waiting period waiver on extras
  • Your monthly premium is paid from your Monash pay so there’s no need for direct debit or credit card
  • 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. For detailed pricing information see health insurance discounts.


Ready for a winter getaway? Save up to 50% at Peppers and Mantra Resorts

Ready to escape the cold Melbourne winter? Staff have access to the exclusive Depapeppers palm coverture Lounge with discounted rates at selected Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Rates are best when searching for 3 night stays.

Latest special: Save up to 50% off room rates, for travel 1st July to 20th December! Book between 1st and 30th June, includes resorts at: Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Port Douglas, Kingscliff, Hervey Bay

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?chrio Free initial visit

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

Dell_Logo_TaglineSave up to 15% off a great range of products from Dell. Visit the website for the latest June specials.

Visit the Dell website and enter the sales code: AUEPP and your organisation name. Use the featured coupon codes to redeem your discount at the checkout. Alternatively, call 1300 730 755.


10% off magazine subscriptions

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 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 is a healthy food delivery service. No more thinking of what to cook or where to get the ingredients from. It’s all in the bag. Convenient Kitchen offer a weekly menu of recipes with all their matching raw, market fresh ingredients so you can create healthy, delicious meals at home. They deliver to your home or office a blend of fish or seafood, meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes. Monash staff receive 10% discount off the introductory price of your first bag using the coupon code MONASH. Visit Convenient Kitchen


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 rentalsHot Air Ballooning Visit discounts for staff for more information