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In the November edition:
- Wellbeing events and news
- Monash Sport news and offers
- TeamMONASH news
- Employee benefits and discounts
Wellbeing Events and News
Teams are off and running in the Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge 2014.
Congratulations to Edu Steps who have taken out first place in the 2014 Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge.
Currently, more than 2600 participants are taking part in the challenge which commenced on Monday 27 th October and will conclude on Sunday 23rd November. All members will need to log their steps no later than 5pm on Monday 24th November.
Individual and team prizes will be presented at the upcoming celebratory event to be held on Tuesday, 25th November. Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner will open the celebrations. Click here to register and attend.
November 14 is Diabetes Walk to Work Day.
This annual event which encourages Australians to build regular walking into their daily routine is a great activity and especially fitting during our Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge!
This year, why not register yourself or your 10,000 steps team and raise funds for this great cause. For more information, go to the website.
The Role of Mindfulness in Education
Presented by Dr Craig Hassed and Dr Richard Chambers. The forum will explore the following topics: – The latest research on mindfulness and its role in education – The importance of mindfulness for teachers – How to use mindfulness to facilitate student learning and wellbeing – Effective ways to introduce mindfulness into school and university environments – Designing and running effective programs – Organisational approaches to mindfulness: getting it in the curriculum and culture It includes interactive presentations, Q&A sessions, discussion groups and networking opportunities.
When: Wednesday 19 November, 1 – 5pm (registrations begin 12.30pm)
Where: Monash University – Caulfield Campus, Building B, Theatre B214 Cost: $80 (includes morning tea and copy of the book Mindful Learning)
Registrations close: Register and make payment online by Monday 17 November Enquiries: email@example.com
Mindfulness for wellbeing, resilience and performance
Register to take part in a 3.5 hour Mindfulness Workshop through. The workshop will explore:
- the science, principles and practice of mindfulness
- its applications in areas including wellbeing, mental health, and resilience
- its role in leadership development
- the capacity of mindfulness to enhance information processing, decision making and performance.
Workshops are available in November. Register online.
Supervisors are encouraged to take part in this 3.5 hour program which in addition to the above 4 points, also looks at what you can do as supervisors, to assist in the embedding of the mindfulness practice.
The mindfulness program for supervisors is available online.
Up to one in 10 Australian women will experience depression during pregnancy. This increases to one in seven in the year following birth. Anxiety is thought to be even more common. We can all play a vital role in supporting expecting and new parents.
Other programs available include:
- Safetalk (Tuesday, 2nd December)
- Mental Health First Aid Training (Tuesday 25 & Thursday 27 November 2014)
- Introductory Mindfulness Course – 4 week program (for Parkville staff) (Wednesday 26 November 2014)
Quitting the habit at Peninsula!
The Fresh Start program is a supported program that helps to boost confidence to quit smoking, as well as provides resources, strategies and information to participants about quitting smoking and how to stay quit! Programs have already been held across Clayton and Caulfield Campuses with a session now being run for staff at Peninsula.
To assist those smokers who wish to kick the habit at Peninsula, a 4 week program consisting of two sessions per week, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1.30-2.30pm. Dates are 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th November and 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 11th December. To register for the program, please click here.
16-22 November is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week. During pregnancy, and in the first year after a baby is born, depression and anxiety are common. Up to one in 10 Australian women will experience depression during this time with this figure increasing to one in seven in the year following birth. For more information, resources and to learn more go to the beyondblue website.
Monash Sport news and offers
On Thursday 30 October, after an intensive four months of refurbishments the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool was re-opened for use by the Monash University community. The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool sees approximately 140,000 sets of feet walk through it’s doors each year, and we are extremely excited to share what feels like our brand new aquatics facilities with staff at Monash University.
Looking after programs run in the pool is almost exclusively Monash University students, we employ approximately 50 Monash University students as swimming instructors, lifeguards and customer service officers, making the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool a real Monash community.
We will formally open the pool later this year, but in the meantime make sure you check out the new space, before work is a great time to go for a casual swim as there is generally more lap lanes available. For up to date lap lane availability, please see our website.
Exercise Tip – High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
The primary outcome from your exercise session is to cause a metabolic shift and therefore increase your basal metabolic rate after your session. What this means is that if you work hard in the gym you’ll still be reaping the benefits for up to 3 days later!
So, what do you have to do in order to create this effect?
Well, thanks to many, many studies and a large meta-analysis conducted on the effects of different types of exercise sessions, scientist have, in fact, observed the effects of what the optimal form and combination of training is.
What is optimal?
Optimal for strength, longevity, fat loss and cardiovascular health. On a scale of “good, better, best” the following guidelines are considered your best form training in terms of efficiency, time and efficacy.
So, what should I do?
The ideal combination is to do a 60 minute training session consisting of 40 minutes of strength training followed by 20 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT). The idea is to perform compound, full-body training (squats, bench, deadlifts, rows, pull-ups and presses) and go as heavy as you can (mobility and ability depending, as well as ensuring quality of movement supersedes quantity).
Training multiple, large muscle groups and lifting heavy weights are extremely effective at increasing your lean body mass, resulting in an increased metabolic rate and increasing fat-burning efficiency. Dozens of studies have investigated the effects of HIIT training and have concluded this far superior than long slow duration endurance exercise or ‘cardio’.
Unfortunately, not much fat-burning actually occurs in the gym, suggesting that unless you exercise for 16 hours a day, everyday, the stimulus applied to the body within your session is crucial in achieving in your performance and/or body composition goals. i.e, ‘cardio’ doesn’t result in a great enough stress to continue to reap benefits after the exercise bout is completed, whereas resistance training combined with HIIT is the ultimate combination to achieve your desired outcomes.
So, how do I HIIT?
It’s simple, although not easy, choose an ergometer (rower, bike, x-trainer, etc…) and alternate between harder and easy efforts. For most, a 1:1 ratio is a good starting point, i.e: 30 seconds fast, followed by 30 seconds slow, repeated 8-15 times.
Optimal performance and outcomes are achieved through the balance of training and recovery, therefore these recommendations are suggested to be employed up to three times in any given week, allowing sufficient recovery time in between sessions.
Nutrition tip of the month – The importance of breakfast
Breakfast is the meal you eat to break your overnight fast. Not only does breakfast set up your energy levels for the day it also provides a significant proportion of your daily nutrient intake.
Research into breakfast habits has revealed that people who skip breakfast on average are significantly heavier than those who eat breakfast, while skipping breakfast may also diminish Some tips to help you change your breakfast eating habits may include:
- Stocking the cupboards and fridge with easy-to-prepare breakfast foods
- Setting the alarm early enough to prepare and eat breakfast.
Some simple breakfast ideas could include:
- Whole-wheat or wholegrain breakfast cereals with milk
- Porridge with dried or fresh fruit
- Wholemeal or multigrain toast with baked beans, eggs or spreads
It was great to see the Global Walk/Run hit all campuses at Monash University again, for the second time in 2014! Pictured is the small, but dedicated group from Peninsula campus who fought off the challenging weather conditions on the day to complete the 5k walk and run. Congratulations to all involved!
It was also great to see at Clayton campus that at short notice due to the terrible weather conditions, we put on a group fitness class attended by about 150 staff members, that also kicked off the 10,000 steps challenge.
Keep stepping it out, and take advantage of this warmer weather to have a walk or run outside on your lunch break!
Just a reminder that all Monash Sport facilities and services will be closed from Wednesday 24 December, 2014 to Sunday 4 January, 2015 (inclusive), reopening on Monday 5 January, 2015.
This is consistent with the University closure of all other facilities and services on campus, and with the Monash Sport membership terms and conditions.
We look forward to serving the Monash community in a healthy and happy 2015!
Caulfield Change Room Refurbishment Project
From 29 September until mid November, the Health and Fitness Centre Change Rooms on the ground floor of Building S will be undergoing an exciting refurbishment project. It is expected that the new refurbished change rooms will be completed and ready to use at the start of November 2014.
Members and users will be required to use other existing change facilities on Caulfield campus during the refurbishment project. We apologise for the temporary disruption that this refurbishment project will cause to existing change room amenities.
Available Showers on Caulfield Campus
During renovations on Building S change rooms please note alternate shower facilities on campus:
Shower Locations: Building / Level / Room
A / 1 / Male & Female Toilets
B / 6 / Female Toilets & B / 7 / Male Toilets
F / 6 / Male Toilets
H / 1 / Male Toilets & H / 2 / Male & Female Toilets
The Chancellor’s Cup Golf Day is an ideal opportunity for Monash University alumni and supporters to connect with each other in a relaxed and informal setting. The goal of the day is to raise funds for the Talented Student Support Program (TSSP), and Monash University affiliated sporting clubs. It’s not too late to enter!
Date: Friday 14 November, 2014
Venue: Sandhurst Golf Club, Sandhurst Boulevard, Sandhurst
Times: Registration from 12pm | Shot Gun tee off at 1.30pm | BBQ from 5pm. Formalities concluding at 6.30pm.
Format: Ambrose, 18 Holes
Novelty Holes and Competitions: to be held at every 2nd hole.
Known previously as the Sport Awards, the TeamMONASH Awards is in its inaugural year of celebrating sporting achievement and community support at Monash University and in the wider community. ‘Blues’ are the University’s highest and most prestigious sporting awards. They are presented annually to Monash students who demonstrate outstanding sporting performance.
‘TeamMONASH Awards’ are also awarded for outstanding contributions to the participation and administration of sport and community involvement at the University. TeamMONASH Awards include: Male and Female Athlete of the Year; Team of the Year; Club of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Sport Manager of the Year; Coach of the Year; Program of the Year; Club of the Year; and CCD Student Leader of the Year.
A new award as been introduced this year; ‘Service and Leadership Award’. This award is for an individual who has shown a significant contribution to the community, whether it be at Monash University or the wider community.
- Date: Thursday November 27
- Location: Performing Arts Auditorium and Foyer at Monash University Clayton Campus.
- Time: 6.45pm for a 7pm start
- Cost: Tickets can be purchased for $25 via the payment gateway
Employee benefits and discounts
Monash staff have access to a great range of employee benefits and discounts including accommodation, travel, travel insurance, airport parking and car hire and plenty more. Read more information in the range of employee benefits and staff discounts
Discounted Les Misérables Tickets
Monash staff are able to experience the emotional power and spectacle of Cameron Mackintoush’s production of Les Misérables at selected performances during the month of November. The performances are at greatly reduced rates, Tuesday through Friday 7:30pm, and Wednesday 1pm (excl. Saturday and Sunday). For more information, go to the website here and select your venue, date and preferred ticket category. Monash staff can enter the password ‘groups’ to access the discounted rates.
Cricket Australia Discounts
Cricket Australia now offers ticketing for groups at discounted prices*; providing a memorable and personalised day at the cricket. Visit the one stop shop for a great day out! Seating can be arranged for groups of any size and provide adult and child tickets at discounted prices*
- KFC T20 International: Fri 7th Nov 7:35pm – Australia vs South Africa
Carlton Mid One-Day Internationals:
- Fri 21st Nov 2:20pm – Australia vs South Africa
- Fri 16th Jan 2:20pm – Australia vs India
Commonwealth Bank Test:
- Fri 26th – Tues 30th Dec 10:30am – Australia vs India
For further information please contact John Goodson at Cricket Australia:
Phone: 03 9653 9946 or 0428 409 495
NOTE: Minimum group booking is for 10 tickets. Bookings can encompass multiple games and ticket types if required.
*Discount levels vary depending on type and date of ticket purchased.
Join Medibank and get one month free!
At Medibank, it’s all about choice. Join Medibank Corporate hospital & extras by 15 December 2014 and get your choice of a free gift card or Village Cinemas Gold Class vouchers. You can select from our range of Corporate health cover packages designed to suit your needs. And just in time for Christmas, you can choose your own gift when you join.
Monash University has partnered with Medibank to create a special corporate arrangement on health cover for you. For more information, click here.
Join BUPA and enjoy the benefits
Bupa provides staff access to the Monash Corporate Health Insurance Plan, with:
- A suite of health cover options not available to the general public
- Competitive premiums
- No GAP optical packages
- No GAP physio and dental for kids
- Switching from another fund is easy
- A single room or your money back # conditions apply
- Your premiums paid through direct debit/credit card*
For pricing and detailed information:
Visit the BUPA Corporate webpage:
- Username: monashuni
- Password: healthplan
Join the Travel club
Travel Club, is now part of the Monash University Employee Benefit’s Program.
Travel Club is a private leisure club which gives you access to amazing holiday deals and discounts to destinations all over the world. Backed by the global Flight Centre Travel Group, Travel Club offers Monash University staff access to the best deals together with a dedicated, highly experienced consultant.
As a member of Travel Club you will have access to specially negotiated holidays, products and services tailor-made for you.
And, as a bonus, all Monash University staff who register will receive a $50 gift voucher upfront, and one every year after that, to put toward their next holiday*. With Travel Club’s “Price Promise” you can be sure you’re getting the very best price, Travel club will beat any available quote you find*, that’s how committed they are to ensuring you have the best value experience every time you travel.
So register today and start planning your next trip. *Terms and Conditions apply.
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 Specials here . See the flyer for travel dates and specials.
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
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.
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, corporate pricing, reduced dealer delivery charges
- Convenient Kitchen home delivery meals
- Lite n’ Easy – 7 day meal pack discount
- Magazine subscriptions – 10% off
- Monash Commuter Club, 10% discount on Myki
- Travel insurance – special rates for staff