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 August edition:
Just 15 minutes; do it for your family, do it for you!
We often prioritise our daily duties at the expense of our own health and wellbeing. Spend just 15 minutes learning more about your vital health risks through a free, confidential health check during August and September.
Participants will receive immediate, confidential results and advice on blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart and stroke risk and more.
Locations: Alfred, Bendigo, Berwick, Blackburn Rd, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, HR, Monash College, MMC, Parkville and Peninsula
Department bookings: If you would like to offer free health checks for your department staff (minimum 10) please contact email@example.com with your preferred dates and campus.
Our health is our future, Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge is coming!
The 10,000 Steps Challenge is coming to your office in October! Registrations open from 16th September, keep an eye out for more details.
Departments wishing to sponsor staff members should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Step out for better health today, take the stairs instead of the lift, download campus walking maps or schedule a walking meeting today.
Monash R U OK Day? Thursday 12th September, every conversation counts
Monash is proud to be a program partner of 2013 R U OK? Day. R U OK? Day is a national day of action that reminds us that every person and every conversation counts. Building a caring and suicide alert community is everybody’s business. We can all have bad days but when bad days become months or years, some can lose hope.
- On average, more than 2,300 Australians suicide each year (ABS 2012)
- An estimated 65,000 people attempt suicide each year (Lifeline)
- Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians aged 15 to 34 years (ABS 2012)
Worrying statistics, aren’t they? This is why Monash has a university-wide mental health strategy for our staff and students. An important part of this strategy is education, mental health promotion and early intervention.
How your department can get involved:
- Encourage staff to register for safeTALK, suicide awareness training (3.5 hour course)
- Invite your mental health first aid ambassador to speak at your staff meeting
- Organise an introductory Mental Health Awareness seminar for your staff
- Put on an event eg. Yellow food morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, lunchtime walk
- Promote the range of mental health services and resources available to staff
- Organise team building activities (e.g. a sport or dance competition)
- Include promotion in your newsletters, Facebook pages, webpages etc
- Incorporate yellow into your outfit
- Share Monash mental health resources (see flyers and posters online)
- Provide paper speech bubbles for people to write their tips for having an open and post on a communal wall
- Allocate time for people to call a friend or family member during work hours
For more information visit Monash R U OK Day? or download and hang in your work area the Monash support for staff flyer (pdf. 202kb), 4 steps to connect flyer (pdf 476kB) and promote your R U OK event poster (pdf 593kB)
Monash Mental Health Week, 7-11 October
With one in five Australians experiencing some form of mental illness, Monash Mental Health Week, from 7 to 11 October, aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health at Monash through a great variety of events across each campus.
How you can participate this year
We invite all faculties, divisions and student group to create awareness across all campuses. Here are some suggestions on how you can participate;
- Register for an event at your campus
- Invite your mental health first aid ambassador or Wellbeing Champion to speak at a staff meeting
- Ask that Occupational health and wellbeing be added as a standing item on your staff meeting agenda
- Organise an introductory Mental Health Awareness seminar (free)
- Put on an event eg. morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
- Include promotion about the week in your staff newsletter
- Share Monash mental health resources
- Promote the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by hanging promotional posters (pdf 731kb) and flyers (pdf 398kb) in your work area
- Organise a lunchtime walk for your team to take a break and have a chat together
- Learn more about mindfulness – Listen to Dr Craig Hassed on ABC radio
- Download a free mindfulness meditation practical exercise podcast by Dr Craig Hassed
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Get active in your office: lunchtime yoga, pilates or boxing programs
The Staff Wellbeing and Activity Program (SWAP) provides tailored pilates, boxing, yoga and zumba, Fit Camp and many more programs direct to your office!
With 30 minute classes from just $8 per person, get your colleagues together and organise a class at a time that suits you -before work, lunchtime or after work!
Download the new SWAP brochure for all pricing and program information.
Free staff webinar: Essence of health with Dr Craig Hassed, 3 September
All staff are invited to participate in a staff wellbeing seminar that will be delivered through a trial of new webinar technology.
The Essence of Health is a model for enhancing wellbeing and sustainable performance as well as the prevention and management of chronic illness.
Essence is an acronym standing for Education, Stress management, Spirituality, Exercise, Nutrition, Connectedness and Environment and is a comprehensive lifestyle program underpinned by enabling strategies such as mindfulness, enhancing motivation, goal setting and behaviour change.
The program has been delivered within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences for a number of years in training doctors and allied health practitioners in stress and lifestyle management.
This introductory presentation will explore the Essence model and give evidence and examples illustrating the importance of each element. For those attending the introductory presentation there will be an opportunity to explore the Essence model further in a practical course enabling participants to apply the model to personal and professional life.
Date: Tuesday 3rd September, 12.15pm-1pm.
Venue: At your computer, details on how to access the webinar will be provided closer to the event date.
How to book: Register online Due to the trial of the new technology places are limited.
New Mental Health Awareness seminar for staff groups
This 2.5 hour seminar is available on request for staff groups and has been specifically designed for staff who may become aware of a student or colleague in distress. They may also observe concerning behaviours, or deterioration in a person’s functioning.
Participants will learn about the symptoms and warning signs for the common mental health problems (anxiety, depression, psychosis and self-harming behaviour).
How to book: Seminars are run on request for a minimum of 10 participant at a venue with AV equipment. For more information visit Mental Health Awareness training
4 week Mindfulness Program delivered by Dr Craig Hassed.
Staff are invited to register for a 4 week mindfulness program, commencing Tuesday 13th August will help you to learn a series of meditative practices and cognitive strategies to help change unproductive thought and behaviour patterns.
Mindfulness involves a series of simple meditative practices and cognitive strategies to help change unproductive thought and behaviour patterns. Mindfulness can also be described as an attitude to living and may enhance:
– stress management
– work and study performance
– contentment, peace of mind and balance
– relationships at home and work
– concentration and focus in the moment
– physical and emotional health
Tuesday 13th August: 11.30am-12.30pm
Tuesday 27th August: 11.30am-12.30pm
Tuesday 3rd September: 10.45-11.45am
Tuesday 10th September: 11.00am-12.00pm
Venue: Staff Library room 215, Building 12, Clayton campus
How to register: You must be available to attend all 4 program dates. Limited places available. Register online (The program was scheduled for Faculty of Law staff, however places have now been opened up to all staff)
Race Against Depression – 8th September
The Monash Golden Key Race Against Depression is a charity fundraising event based on the hit TV show The Amazing Race. Teams of three participants each compete with other teams to solve clues guiding them to various locations around the Melbourne CBD. The race will run from 11:00am-3:00pm on Sunday the 8th of September.
Monash Golden Key is proudly supporting Lifeline Australia. Each team will be required to donate $30.00 ($10 per participant) directly to Lifeline Australia via the Everyday Hero website. Free lunch will be provided to all participants on event day. Further, there will be a raffle on event day of a grand prize available to all participants with raffle tickets for $3.00 each.
On event day, Monash Golden Key representatives will be situated at various locations in the CBD to assist teams with the provision of clues as they progress through the race.
So lace up the runners, find a team of three, and email to register or to find out more information: email@example.com
Take some time out at lunchtime – free meditation classes
Meditation calms the mind and can improve performance. It will help you to relax, reduce stress and improve your health and wellbeing.
Science has proven the benefits of meditation. It is part of the core curriculum in medicine at Monash and our counsellors use meditation methods with clients.
Monash meditation classes offer a range of techniques such as mindfulness, visualisation or progressive relaxation. There is no religious content and no need to book. Beginners are welcome.
Berwick: Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2pm, Building 930
Caulfield: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays, 12:30 – 1pm, Spiritual Centre, Building B, Room 1.56
Clayton: Wednesdays & Fridays, 1:15 – 1:45pm, Religious Centre, Building 9, Narthex Room
Parkville: Wednesdays, 1.15 – 1.45pm, Scott Building, Pharmaceutics Meeting Room 232
Find a healthy balance – and win a $50 Rebel Sport voucher
Introduction to Stress and Resilience: Be better equipped to prevent, manage or reduce stress in your life – at work or at home. Build your awareness around stress, its causes and impacts, while providing practical strategies to build resilience and the ability to get through stressful situations
Introduction to Work-Life Balance: Restore balance in your life by applying some healthy, effective ways to manage your day-to-day activities. Learn the key concepts of work-life balance, evaluate your own need for balance, understand where your health comes into play and explore some practical strategies for promoting a feeling of balance and satisfaction at work and in your personal life.
First time users, click on the above link then click ‘login’, ‘register now’ and then create your personalised login/password
How to order healthier catering and make healthier food choices
At Monash we encourage staff and students to make the healthy choice when buying food on campus.
Learn more about foods you may currently purchase and healther alternatives including lunch, snacks and drinks.
You can also download the new Healthy catering guide for suggestions on the best items to order for morning/afternoon teas and lunches.
Help for gluten-free shoppers, new app
The popular FoodSwitch app, developed by Bupa and The George Institute, goes gluten-free!
The latest version now includes a GlutenSwitch feature for Australians with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance – identifying whether a food product contains gluten and providing gluten-free alternatives where available.
With close to 10,000 gluten-free products in the database, it’s a valuable tool that can help Australians make better-informed choices in the supermarket aisle.
Do you cycle to work or run/walk regularly at lunchtime?
The University Wellbeing KPI aims to achieve 30% participation in wellbeing events and programs.
Staff who regularly participate wellbeing related activity during their work day can now log their participation in a database to help contribute to their Faculty/Division Wellbeing KPI.
Regularly is defined as at least once per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes during your work day (Monday to Friday).
Log your participation in the Wellbeing KPI form.
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Lunchtime Concerts
The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Lunchtime Concert Series provides staff, students and the wider community an opportunity to enjoy a musical lunch break. The School encourages and promotes diversity and integration of traditional, multicultural and contemporary styles of music performance.
Every Thursday during semester, from 1.10 pm for approximately 40 minutes
Music Auditorium, Rm G36, Building 68, Clayton
2013 Blue Ribbon Foundation Ball
Join the 2013 Blue Ribbon Ball to assist the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation to continue its work in raising funds for emergency department public hospitals throughout Victoria and to honour fallen police heroes.
It will be a night of dining, dancing and great entertainment in the Palladium at Crown with John Deeks as MC and Brian Cadd the special guest artist appearing with the Victoria Police Show Band and Pipe Band. The night will also include a charity auction and raffle.
Saturday 17th August, 2013 7.00pm for 7.30pm, Crown Palladium.
Tickets $150 per person ($1500 per table). Includes 3 Course Meal and Beverages. Dress Code: Business Attire/Ladies After Five – Formal/Mess Dress (optional)
More information and book your tickets online at www.remember.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org; ph; 9555 8000.
Do you wear glasses? Monash eye glasses collection
Do you have old eye glasses sitting in your desk draw? Wellbeing @ Monash is now collecting used eye glasses for the Lions Recycle For Sight Program.
Send your unwanted eye glasses via internal mail to Wellbeing @ Monash – OHS, Building 40P, Clayton
Free Unisuper seminar: Understanding Contributions & Caps
The rules around contributing to super can be complex and confusing. This seminar aims to take away the confusion and explain the different types of contributions to super. It is suitable for all members considering:
- The types of contributions available and how they are taxed
- The contribution caps that apply
- Incentives to contribute to super such as the spouse rebate
- Ways to manage your contributions
- Special rules for some Defined Benefit Division members
Date: Wednesday 14th August, 4-5pm
Venue: Science Building 25, Lecture Theatre S1, Clayton Campus
Register online For further information, contact Chandra Yellapragada on extension 29585 or email@example.com
Get active at Gippsland, Parkville and Berwick
Get active at Gippsland
Gippsland campus walking group takes place every Monday and Thursday from 12:30pm – 1:00pm. Meet upstairs at the Knuckle outside the eSolutions area (1N-209). Email Vonnie firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Get active at Parkville
Free Get Active classes including:
Boxing: Mondays and Wednesdays 5pm at Cossar Hall
Yoga: Tuesday 12pm at Cossar Hall
Boot Camp: Wednesdays 7.30am meet at the Flagpole
Mindfulness meditation: Wednesdays 1.15pm, Pharmaceutics meeting room
Dynamic yoga: Thursday 5pm at Cossar Hall
Enquiries: Marcia Larose, Monash Sport x58815 email@example.com
Get active at Berwick
Free Get ACtive classes are available to staff at Berwick campus, including:
Yoga: Monday’s 1.30pm – 2.15pm
Zumba: Wednesday’s 1.30pm – 2.15pm
Venue: Nossal High School in the Gymnasium building
For detailed class information visit Berwick Sport webpage.
Competition winners and your chance to win
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Monash Sport news and offers
Health and Fitness Options for Monash University Staff
At Monash Sport, we want all Monash University staff members to have a happy and healthy lifestyle. Because of this, we have introduced Health and Fitness Options for Monash University Staff. The variety of options available has been tailored so that each and every staff member is able to join the centre and able to achieve their fitness goals whether it is individually or as a group.
Small Group Training
Fit Camp has a new look! ENERGISE 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 ENERGISE is for you.
All ENERGISE sessions are conducted by fully qualified health and fitness instructors who will motivate participants to challenge their current fitness levels whilst still being able to tailor the program to suit all individuals’ needs.
ENERGISE is run across Monash University Caulifield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses with programs starting throughout the year.
We will be holding our first ENERGISE programs on the following dates:
- Commencing: Tuesday 6 August
- Finishing: Thursday 12 September
- Sessions run Tuesdays and Thursdays 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
- Commencing: Monday 19 August
- Finishing: Thursday 26 September
- Sessions run Mondays and Thursdays 12.15pm – 1.00pm.
Monash Cycle – Live in Concert
Find a bike and get ready to sweat as we experience the workout of the year to live and studio video footage from your favourite artists!
2 shows only
5.30pm Thursday 15 and 22 August with Tom
On Saturday 27 July we held a Zumba Fundraiser at the Peninsula campus to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and energy on the day, it was great to see so many people supporting a great cause. We raised a total of $125. Thanks again to everyone who attended. Patricia will continue to teach her Zumba class at the regular time slot of 9.30am on Saturdays. We hope to see you there!
Class of the Month
Increase your metabolism and improve your muscle tone. This conditioning session targets fitness levels, burns fat and sculpts muscles. So if you want to see results then this is the class for you.
Saturday 10.40am at Clayton with Shar
Monday 12.05pm at Caulfield with Olga
Monday 7.15am at Peninsula with Tara
Wednesday 7.15am at Peninsula with Trent
Friday 7.15am at Peninsula with Tara
Monday 6.30am at Caulfield with Emie
See our website for full class descriptions.
We have been listening…
Refurbishments to Change Room Facilities and Pool Concourse
Monash Sport will be undertaking refurbishments to both the change room and pool concourse areas to provide an improved aquatic environment.
The Doug Ellis Pool will be closed for a 4 week period whilst the pool concourse is being resurfaced.
Monday 9 September – Sunday 6 October
The pool will re-open on Monday 7 October, with temporary change room facilities provided until refurbishments to the existing change room facilities are completed.
Aquatic 12 Pass Sale – Pay for 9, swim for 12…that’s 3 for FREE!
Purchase before the pool closes for refurbishment and we will extend the expiry for an additional month. The more you swim, the more you save when you take advantage of our 12 Session Pass Sale.
For more information or to purchase a pass, please visit the Aquatics Service Desk. Conditions apply. Sale ends 18 August, 2013
Tennis $2 Happy Hour
Step away from your desk and onto the court! Monash Sport is making this easier for you by introducing a $2 Happy Hour during your lunch break!
All Monash staff and students are able to play up to two hours of tennis at the Clayton courts for only $2 per hour between 12-2pm Monday – Friday. This works out to be over an 85% saving off the standard Non-Student Off-Peak rate! Bookings can be made up to one week in advance and you are able to find all court booking information on our website.
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 here.
Independent role for TeamMONASH
TeamMONASH™ has moved out from under the Monash Sport umbrella, taking on its own broader responsibilities as it approaches its 10th anniversary.
During its decade of operation, TeamMONASH™ has become a well-known banner under which the Monash community comes together to represent the University in non-academic pursuits. Read the full article here.
Upcoming Events – Melbourne Marathon and Around the Bay in a Day
Now is your chance to get fit, get social and get involved by participating in the Melbourne Marathon or Around the Bay in a Day with TeamMONASH™!
Get together a group of friends, pull on the Monash blue and on October 31 participate with TeamMONASH™ in either the Melbourne Marathon’s 3km walk, 5.7km or 10km run, or challenge yourself and your friends to the 21km half marathon… or run the full 42km!
If running is not your thing, get on the Monash gear and try the Around the Bay in a Day cycling challenge on October 20! You can take on the scenic 50km or 100km ride, or test yourself and your friends with the 135km, 210km or 250km cycling options!
When you and your friends participate with TeamMONASH™ you get to:
- Hang out with other TeamMONASH participants in our marquee before and after the events
- Access FREE massages and face painting on the day (Melbourne Marathon only)
- Support great charities with great causes
- Receive a FREE TeamMONASH singlet if you’re a first time participant from Monash University’s students, staff or alumni
- Be a part of Australia’s, and Monash’s, great sporting tradition
It doesn’t matter if you’re walking, running or cycling, this is a great chance to be active and raise money for a good cause, regardless of age or fitness level.
For more information or to register visit TeamMONASH’s Melbourne Marathon or Around the Bay in a Day information pages.
Did you know Monash staff have access to a range of employee benefits and discounts including accommodation, travel insurance, airport parking and car hire. Read more information in the range of employee benefits and staff discounts
Up to 50% off Peppers and Mantra Resorts
Staff have access to the exclusive Departure Lounge with discounted rates at selected Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties throughout Australia, Bali and New Zealand.
Download the August specials here (pdf 3mb). See the flyer for travel dates and specials including;
– Peppers Airlie Beach, 1 bedroom apartment $133 per night
– Breakfree Fraser Coast, 1 bedroom apartment $61 per night
– Mantra Broadbeach, 1 bedroom apartment $123 per night
To book visit Departure Lounge and enter the password: monashstaff Rates are best when searching for 3 night+ stays.
10% off Rydges, Art Series and QT Hotels & Resorts
Enter the Monash Corporate ID at 40 Rydges, Art Series and QT Hotels & Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and receive:
- 10% off all your accommodation bookings
- Best rates online guaranteed
To start saving:
- Visit any of the hotel websites and select your preferred location and stay dates
- Enter the Monash Corporate ID: PC102298 in the text box and save 10% off the best rates
Hollywood Costume is at Federation Square! Exclusive offer for Monash staff, tickets only $14.50!
Direct from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hollywood Costume explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. Bringing together the most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in films from The Wizard of Oz (1939) to Titanic (1997), Ben-Hur (1959) to Casino Royale (2006).
Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Fed Square.
When: Wednesday 24 April – Sunday 18 Aug 2013 10am – 5pm.
Book: Call 1300 364 001
BUPA health insurance staff discount
Bupa (formerly HBA) provides staff access to a Monash Corporate Health Insurancec Plan, with:
- Your premiums paid through direct debit/credit card
- Savings on corporate products including Top, Intermediate and Saver Hospital cover,
- Access to Corporate Advantage, Classic and Essentials extras (with a minimum of 70% back on most services),
- No gap dental for children
- A single room or your money back.
For pricing and detailed information see staff benefits and discounts.
Change to how your pay for your health insurance – New members who join BUPA from 1st August will only have the option of direct debit/credit card payment.
– There will be no changes for existing members who pay through payroll deductions.
Travelling soon? Discounted Virgin and Qantas lounge access
Sign up for a discounted airport lounge membership for Qantas and Virgin and enjoy the benefits!
Qantas Club memberships offer heavily discounted rates that can be salary sacrificed; pricing: $316 (one year) or $560.89 (two years) plus $230.00 joining fee.
Virgin Australia lounge corporate memberships offer a special price of $200 per year with a $100 joining fee.
Visit Airport Lounge discounts for more information.
Free Comedy Club tickets
The Comedy Club at the Athenaeum Theatre is offering Monash staff a great range of weekly offers, including complimentary tickets.
View the line up of comedians online. All complimentary tickets are for the show only. Dinner and show tickets can be upgraded for the discounted price of $35pp (normally $45pp). For detailed information see staff discounts.
Flower delivery and green gifts
Edible Blooms are famous for their ‘wow’ factor on arrival and for tempting the taste buds long after! With a delicious range of chocolate bouquets, cake pops, choc dipped strawberries and beautiful ham-pers all handmade with love, you will find the perfect gift for that insatiable sweet tooth! With delivery available across Australia and New Zealand we make gifting easy
The Green Thumb Gifts range of flowering plants, herbs and trees are not only perfect for marking special occasions and celebrating the mo-ment, but once planted they provide a lasting memory of important life events. They are the ultimate gift that keeps on giving – not just to your recipient, but as a sustainable alternative to cut flowers they give back to the environment as well
Discounted TeamMONASH merchandise at Monash Retail
Mention this ad at Monash Retail and receive a 10% discount on all TeamMONASH clothing throughout August.
Other discounts available to staff
- Andrew’s Airport Parking – 20% discount for staff, 15% for family
- Avis car hire – reduced excess and 3rd day of weekend rentals free
- Aussie Farmers Direct – first order discount
- Blink Optical – 20% off sunglasses and lenses
- BMW & Mini Corporate Program – complimentary scheduled servicing for 4 years / 60,000km, use of a BMW during scheduled servicing, xorporate pricing, reduced dealer delivery charges
- Convenient Kitchen home delivery meals
- Dell – up to 15% discount
- Lite n’ Easy – 7 day meal pack discount
- Magazine subscriptions – 10% off
- Monash Commuter Club, 10% discount on Myki
- Parkville Carlton Football Club Cafe
- Travel insurance – special rates for staff