Archive for January, 2016

Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – January 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Browse the Timeout newsletter for information on what’s new in Wellbeing at Monash. Read about the latest Wellbeing and Monash Sport events, services and activities.

For information about latest events, special offers, discounts, and news, subscribe to the newsletter by emailing

In the January edition:

Wellbeing Events and News

Get 2016 off to a great start and “SWAP” into one of our many activitiesSWAP Image no year

Want to make a difference to your health in 2016? Why not get the year off to a good start by getting a few of your colleagues together and registering for one of the many wellbeing activities available.

We have many fitness class like boxing, pilates, yoga or zumba at various campuses. All classes, costs and locations can be found here

With 30, 45, or 60 minute fitness classes priced from just $9.00, $10.00 or 11.00 per person, why not organise a fitness class at a time and venue that suits you and your department by emailing

Monash University is now Smoke Free, so Quit for Free15P-1141-T2---Smoke-free-Monash-2016-Phase-2-powerpoint-final

Monash University is now smoke-free with smoking no longer permitted in buildings, grounds, vehicles on campus.  Those wishing to smoke will be required to leave the boundaries of our campuses.  For Clayton campus, these boundaries are Wellington Road, Normanby Road, Blackburn Road and Boundary Road.  We also ask that smokers be respectful of our residential neighbours and keep in mind that they not smoke directly outside homes.  Anyone seen smoking on campus will be asked to leave the campus to smoke and disciplinary processes will apply to staff who re-offend.

To support our staff and students, Monash is offering fully funded Fresh Start QUIT programs at all campuses,.  The Fresh Start QUIT programs run over four weeks, twice a week for one-hour.

The Fresh Start program helps to boost confidence, as well as providing resources, strategies and information to staff about how to become, and remain, a non-smoker. To register for a program, click here

Last year Kylie participated in the Monash Fresh Start Course and here is what she had to say:

I started smoking when I was 16 years old due to peer pressure. It seemed the cool thing to do, but recently, as I was approaching my 40th birthday, I decided it was time for things to change. It was costing far too much and I could see my health was not the best.

Monash Uni Quit program gave me the head start I needed. It showed me why I was smoking and gave my the tools I needed to start quitting. I found the program to be extremely beneifical and would recommend it to anyone that is thinking of quitting smoking to give it a go.

I have now been smoke free for 5 months and run 5km most days. I feel much healthier, have more energy and my bank balance loves it too. Quitting has its challenges but one thing the Quit program taught me is ” to never give up on giving up”

Host an ‘Afternoon Teal’ Party in February and Raise Money for Ovarian CancerAT

Why not bake your favourite cake, brew a pot of tea and host an ‘Afternoon Teal’ party to raise funds for a great cause! February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms, risks and impacts of ovarian cancer. Your ‘Afternoon Teal’ party will be one of many aimed at raising $500,000 to support work in ovarian cancer awareness, advocacy and research. To register and plan your ‘Afternoon Teal’ click here.

Healthy Fruit Boxes for your office and meetings

At Monash we encouragFruitAddicts fruit boxe staff to make the healthy choice when providing food for staff meetings and events. Why not try a delicious box of fruit at your next meeting and event or replace the existing biscuits in your staff room, with fruit. All new customers will enjoy 50% off their first month’s fruit delivery!

With free delivery to Monash campuses and 10% discount off the following prices, this is a great healthy alternative.

  • Box of 30 fruit pieces $28
  • Box of 45 fruit pieces $38
  • Box of 60 fruit pieces $48
  • Box of 90 fruit pieces $68

To order contact Steve at FruitAddicts or phone 1300 438 378 and quote ‘Monash Wellbeing’. Payment can be made via cheque, credit card or monthly invoicing.

Commuting your way to health in 2016 Sustainable Transport_V3

How do you travel to uni? Do you take the bus or the train? Perhaps you bike or walk.

Whatever the case, your choice of transport could make a real difference to your health.

According to a recent Melbourne study, your health is affected not just by how you commute, but from where.

People who used public transport, or drove to the station or bus, they got about half an hour a day incidental exercise, whilst people who walked to the station or the bus, train, or tram, got about 41 minutes a day. Walkers and cyclists, averaged about 38 minutes a day.

So next time you’re thinking about hopping in your car to get to work, why not walk, ride or take public transport and commute your way to a healthier lifestyle!

mental health relaxingMindfulness for wellbeing, resilience and performance

For staff:

Register to take part in a 3.5 hour Mindfulness Workshop through. The workshop will explore:

  1. the science, principles and practice of mindfulness
  2. its applications in areas including wellbeing, mental health, and resilience
  3. its role in leadership development
  4. the capacity of mindfulness to enhance information processing, decision making and performance.

Register online.

For Supervisors:

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:

Monash Sport News, Events and Offers

New Year, New Improvements

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We’ve been busy over the December and New Year break, making things better for you.

Floor replacements, new equipment and fresh coats of paint are only some of the refurbishments implemented over our closedown period to make your experience at Monash Sport more enjoyable. Any member using Fitness Centres across all campuses in 2016 can enjoy these improvements, click here to check out what’s new at your campus!

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Set Those New Year Goals

See our tips for achieving those new year resolutions here!

Semester 1 Group Fitness Timetable – coming soon!

The Semester 1 Group Fitness Timetable is starting on Monday 22 February.

With all your old favourites as well as brand new classes, there is something for everyone on the new timetable. Keep an eye out around the centre and on our website for the new timetable.

Group Fitness classes at all campuses are included in all Fitness and Fitness + Aquatic memberships. Not a member? Join today! Monash University Staff get a discounted rate.

Semester 1 Social Sport Registrations Open Soon!

Social Sport registrations will open 1 February.

Social Sport is a great way for Monash University Staff to stay fit, active and healthy at work.

We offer the following competitions:

  • Women’s and Mixed Netball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Open and Mixed Basketball
  • Badminton
  • and Dodgeball!

For more information, please read our FAQ’s.

Just Add Swimming in 2016!

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Swimming is not just something you can do every summer at the beach, the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool at Clayton campus has lanes available where you can swim regularly and stay fit! There are also Adult Learn to Swim classes for those who need practice. Learn more about the benefits of swimming learn more about the benefits of swimming here.

Be The Hot Shot In Your Office

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With a lot of tennis happening in Melbourne this month, there’s no better time than now to try out our newly refurbished tennis courts! Try our Tennis Happy Hour: Hire a court for only $2 an hour, 12-2pm Monday – Friday. See here for more details.

Our Latest Tutorial Video – Sand Bag Training with Josh

Our newest tutorial video is about why sand bag training can be a great alternative from pin-loaded machines, featuring Health and Fitness Instructor Josh. View the video here.

Get a free lesson in our high quality Learn to Swim and Water Safety Program!

For a limited time, new participants enrolling into Term 1 of the Monash Sport Learn to Swim & Water Safety Program will receive 1 free swimming lesson! Simply download and complete the voucher on our website and return it to the Aquatic Service Desk for redemption. View the video here.

Monash Sport Activewear!

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We have new merchandise on sale now!Singlets, t-shirts, shorts, gym bags, towels, drink bottles and hoodies are all available from the Monash Sport Clayton Service Desk. Members can have a 10% discount on all apparel items, make sure you don’t miss out!

– Singlets $25
– T-Shirts $25
– Shorts $35
– Gym Bags $30
– Towels $10
– Drink Bottles $14
– Hoodies $55


Support those living with Multiple Sclerosis with TeamMONASH

Join in the annual MS Melbourne Cycle on Sunday 6 March. Whether you choose the 30km, 50km of family friendly 7km course, you’ll ride through Docklands, experience the spectacular views over the West Gate Bridge and cross the finish line with a buzz at Flemington Racecourse. Let’s get together and help raise money to support the Royal Children’s Hospital. Event and registration details.

Support the Royal Children’s Hospital with TeamMONASH

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Join in the annual Run for the Kids on Sunday 20 March. You can choose the 5.4km course or challenge yourself to the 15.5km course. Not a runner? Doesn’t matter, you can still be part of the event by volunteering with TeamMONASH. Let’s get together and help raise money to support the Royal Children’s Hospital. Event and registration details.

Volunteer with TeamMONASH!

The TeamMONASH Support Crew is a group of volunteers who assist in ensuring that our events and programs run smoothly. It’s a great way to get involved, develop skills, make new friends, and have lots of fun. Volunteer roles include event admin and logistics, being a member of the TeamMONASH cheer squad and much more. All valued members of our support crew receive training, an official TeamMONASH Support Crew T-shirt, a certificate and an opportunity to develop skills. Find out more here.

Support Monash as we take on the University of Melbourne!

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Join a team or come and support your fellow students as Monash takes on the University of Melbourne in the annual Varsity Challenge. The Melbourne V Monash Varsity Challenge was established in 2014, drawing on a long rivalry between the two universities. The University of Melbourne and Monash University are the two top sporting Universities in Victoria, come and be a part of the fun on Wednesday April 13 at the University of Melbourne, or Wednesday 20 April at Monash University Clayton Campus. Find out more here.

Get moving to help find a cure for breast cancer

Breast cancer strikes one in nine Australian women. The Mother’s Day Classic, held on Sunday 8 May, is the biggest community fundraising event for breast cancer in Australia. We’d like to invite you to join TeamMONASH in raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Participate in the walk/run or volunteer and be a member of the support crew. Event details and registration.

Get involved in Inter – University Sport!

Inter university sport gives you the chance to represent Monash against other universities. Join TeamMONASH as you pull on the Monash blue at a huge range of events including the Australian University Games, Southern University Games, Uni Battle, Indigenous Games and Australian University Championships. All inter university sport competition is sanctioned by Australian University Sport (AUS), the peak governing body of university sport in Australia and currently has 41 members, representing more than one million students. Find out more here.

See our website for more information.

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


Join Medibank !

Join Medibank Corporate Hospital and Extras by February 22, 2016 and we’ll waive the 2 and 6 month waiting periods on extras. Plus, the Monash University corporate discount of 7% means you can enjoy better health at a better price.  You can also use your extras your way with a combined annual limit you can use the included extras however you want. So if you need more physio, use it all on physio – it’s there for what you need. Claim anywhere on included extras at any recognised provider and get 100% back on eligible optical items, up to your annual limit.  For more information or to join, go to or call  131 680.Introducing GymBetter – as a Corporate hospitals & extras member, you have access any participating Fitness First, Anytime Fitness or GoodLife health club for only $8.50 per gym visit nationwide. With no contracts and no joining fees, a Medibank Corporate membership will be the only gym membership you’ll need, Simply visit the Apple App store (for iPhone) or (for Android Smartphones).

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: monashunibupa
  • Password: healthplan

Or see Cover for Corporate (pdf 3Mb), for more information about benefits see the Corporate Benefits Guide (pdf 388kb).

Join the Travel club


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.

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:

  1. Visit any of the hotel websites and select your preferred location and stay dates
  2. 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 Virgin and enjoy the benefits!

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
  • BUPA 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
  • Lite n’ Easy – 7 day meal pack discount
  • Monash Commuter Club, 10% discount on Myki
  • Travel insurance – special rates for staff

Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information