Archive for April, 2017

Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – April 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
This group program for staff consists of six one-hour sessions and is designed to help you reduce stress, improve wellbeing and resilience, and increase workplace performance using mindfulness. It is an experiential program consisting of weekly practices, cognitive strategies and reflective activities designed to enhance both the professional and personal life of staff.
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In the April edition:

 Global Walk/Run Event

The Monash Global Walk Run kicked off in great numbers with more than 600 staff and students participating in events across all Monash campuses and sites.

At Clayton, more than 400 participants braved the rain to join their colleagues and friends, as part of the biannual event.  Walkers, were led through the new Monash Circuit – Jock Marshall Reserve, while runners challenged themselves to a sprint around the TAN.

The event supported and raised funds for the great work done by the White Ribbon organisation, an organisation committed to preventing violence against women. ‘Our support of this great organisation was recently recognised in Monash’s accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace, providing supportive and safer environments’, said Dr Vicki Ashton, Chief Medical Officer for Monash.

“It was a great initiative which raised awareness on the importance of physical activity but also social contentedness. It was wonderful to see different areas of the university involved with some areas even dressing up for the day”, said  David Suder, Deputy Executive Director and Director Campus Development.

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Universities Mental Health and Wellbeing Day- May 2nd

Australia and New Zealand University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day will take place on Tuesday 2 May, 2017.

More than 30 universities from across Australia and New Zealand are participating.This year’s theme is Active Mental Health. The link between physical and mental health is undeniable.   People who engage in regular exercise enjoy better mental health, are more alert, and are more resilient against the stresses of modern living. Social physical activity is also shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and increase friendships and social connectedness.

Events available to staff and students on Tuesday 2 May include:Beyond Blue Seminar and Webinar Clayton campus, Introduction to Mindfulness at Caulfield campus and many more, check them out on the website!

Heart Week (April 30th-6th of May)-Heart Foundation Seminar and Webinar

The 30th of April to the 6th of May is Heart Week.

The Heart Foundation team will be coming on campus to deliver a presentation on warning Signs of a heart attack and Active living for a health heart.

Heart attack warning signs Feeling pain in your jaw or shoulder? Nauseous or Dizzy? No two heart attacks are the same and symptoms can be different for men and women. Knowing the warning signs could help save your life or the life of a loved one.

Active Living for a Healthy Heart Being active can decrease your chance of developing heart disease or having a heart attack. Let’s talk about how to incorporate more physical activity in your day to help fight risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol.  The seminars and webinars will be held on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday the 4th of April, to attend register here

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is a great opportunity for colleagues to get together to share a cuppa and some healthy and delicious food, while raising funds for those affected by cancer. Every dollar raised helps to fund more cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

In 2016, supporters helped raise a staggering $11.9 million. We’d love to top this incredible total in 2017 to over $13 million!

Get involved this year and do your part by organising a morning tea in your work area. While the official day for the morning tea is Thursday 25th May, events can be held throughout May and June.

To host a morning tea, simply register your morning tea online.  For more information and for some great ideas on how to fundraiser, go to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Beyond Blue Seminar and Webinar

To support Universities Health and Wellbeing Day, Beyond Blue is conducting a one hour session to increase awareness about depression, anxiety and related disorders. This seminar will information in identifying practical ways to support someone you’re concerned about in the workplace or in your personal life.

Session will be held on Tuesday 2nd of May on the Clayton Campus

If you are unable to attend on the day then join us via webinar!

Register for the session here

 Like us on Facebook and win a $20 voucher!

Like wellbeing@monash on Facebook and in the month of May share any of the our posts and you will be in the draw to win a $20 Coles Myer voucher. The more posts you “Share” the more entries you have. Competition ends on  May 31st and winner will be announced on June 2nd via private message.

Check out the recipe book from Food is Medicine Course

Did you enjoy the Food is Medicine course? If so, the team have now release their own recipe book:

Using Food as Medicine: Fighting Inflammation!

Our first recipe book has an anti-inflammatory theme! Please note this book is to help individuals improve their overall dietary patterns and to provide them with information about the anti-inflammatory properties of overall dietary patterns and also some information on foods that hold anti-inflammatory properties.

Save three lives-donate blood at Monash University

Bookings are open for the upcoming Blood Service visit to Monash University on 8 May 2017, so show your support and donate you blood.

8 Scenic Blv Clayton from 9.30-4.30pm

Request an appointment today


Influenza vaccinations

Flu season is just around the corner, and we’re doing our part to keep staff healthy and flu-free as the colder months approach.

University Chief Medical Officer Dr Vicki Ashton says an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others.

Many Monash faculties and divisions are taking part in the program, which starts late April. Find out if your department is participating and who your area coordinator is on the Occupation Health & Safety website.

If your department would like to take part, contact to register for the program. Email OH&S at if you have further questions.


World Day for Safety and Health

World Day for Safety and Health honours the memory of those who have died at work and raises awareness of work health and safety.
Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards, but 178[1] workers still lost their lives in 2016. By raising awareness and taking the lead in work health and safety, we can help prevent further injuries and death.(Safe work Australia.)

How to get involved at Monash:

    • Consider taking on a OHS role – Maybe a safety Officer, First Aider, Warden, Well being coordinator, Mental Health First AiderWellbeing Champion- There are many Interesting and Important roles to choose from!
      Be a OHS role model – Talk Health and Safety to colleagues, ensure your OHS induction is up to date, Report a hazard 
    • Book some OHS and wellbeing training 
    • Encourage colleagues to maintain a good/work life balance- join in or book a SWAP program for your area

Mindfulness for wellbeing, resilience and performance

Mindfulness for Peak Performance-Free online course

Tired, distracted and stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the solution. Mindfulness is essentially about being more aware and awake in every moment of your life. It is about intentionally paying attention to each moment, being fully engaged in whatever is happening around and within you, with an attitude of friendliness and compassion.

Join the six week online course today

safeTALK, suicide awareness training

Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. This half day workshop teaches participants to recognise these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving mental health support.

Next training sessions are Tuesday 2 May (Caulfield)

Register for the course here

Mindfulness Programsmental health relaxing

Learn how to reduce stress, be kind to yourself and improve your performance.  Mindfulness involves learning to pay attention to the present moment rather than worrying or dwelling in the past.  For more information about these course please click on the link

Introduction to Mindfulness– Tuesday 2nd of May (1hr session)

Essence of Health – starting Tuesday 23rd of May (6 weeks)

Mindful Stress Reduction-starting Tuesday 18th of July (6 weeks)

Monash Sport News, Events and Offers


Sport at Monash: Annual Report 2016

A dynamic year of achievement, progression and enhancements, the 2016 year heralded some great achievements and notable highlights for Sport at Monash University. Read the report in full here.

Instructional video: Pull up bars

In our latest instructional video, Health and Fitness Instructor Craig shows you two exercises to help improve your upper body and grip strength.

Come and try our new Group Fitness Studio!

Our new Group Fitness Studio at Clayton campus is officially open to all members! A brand new ceiling with a new heating and cooling system are only some of the great features. Check out all the new features to the Group Fitness Studio here.

Pay less, play more!

Badminton has joined our court hire Happy Hour! Hire a badminton court for half the price between 12-2pm Monday-Friday.

FruitAddicts fruit box

Monash Sport Activewear!

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!


Winter is coming, and so is Olympian Brodie Summers

Winter Olympian and current Monash University Student Brodie Summers is one of Australia’s finest skiers. Hailing from Perth, Brodie is a real medal chance for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in the moguls discipline.

Read more.

Student profile – Stefan Uzelac

Current Monash University mechanical engineering and biomedical student Stefan Uzelac is seen as one of the best university basketball players in Australia.

He currently plies his trade with the Sandringham Sabres who play in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL). Only Australia’s premier basketball league, the National Basketball League, is considered better than the SEABL.

Read more here.

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.

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


Monash University has been exclusively selected to receive an ‘extended’ invite from this Wednesday 26th April to Saturday 3rd June 2017.

We hope that you and your colleagues take advantage of our fantastic offer at the adiCentre, 40% OFF RRP (Exclusions Apply), please see details on the attached invite.

Please ensure that an appointment is made prior to visiting the store (details on the attached invite) and that you quote your company/business name when making an appointment.

This offer extends to Family and Friends of your company and can be used as frequently as one wishes between the above dates therefore we look forward to seeing everyone in-store.

** If anyone wishes to purchase via our online platform ( whilst in-store, they must have registered and created an ‘Account’ and placed items in their ‘Shopping Bag’ prior to attending adiCentre so as to promote an efficient shopping experience for all of our valued corporate customers – we thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information