Archive for September, 2017

Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – September 2017

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Browse the Timeout newsletter for information on what’s new in Wellbeing at Monash. Read about the latest Wellbeing, Monash Sport and Team Monash events, services and activities. For information about latest events, special offers, discounts, and news, subscribe to the newsletter by emailing

In the September edition:

 Registrations for 10,000 Steps Challenge now OPEN! 

It’s back again for another year! We’re inviting you to get a team of five together and make every step count. If you don’t have a team but would love to join one, we can find one for you!

Starting on 23 October, this year’s challenge will take you on a 42-day virtual tour of the globe. You’ll walk through Europe, the United States and Africa – provided you’ve got the legs.

Registrations are now open but close on the 11th October so get your team together now!  Don’t forget also to check with your faculty or division, whether they are funding staff participation.

To register and for more information visit the Health and Wellbeing website.

 Its a Wrap:  Global Walk/Run a Hit with Staff and Students

The sun was shining on Melbourne last week as hundreds of staff and students came together to walk or run around our campuses for the Global Walk/Run.

At Clayton, the event was kicked off by Provost and Senior Vice President Professor Marc Parlange, who congratulated the nearly 500 staff in attendance for getting involved in activities that support the health and wellbeing of the Monash community.

This year, the event was part of the Monash in Motion Festival which has seen the Monash Council and Monash University join forces to become one of only three municipalities worldwide to receive City in Motion Status from the International Federation of University Sport (FISU).

Counselor Josh Fergeus, a representative from the City of Monash, was on hand to welcome participants to the event, congratulating the University on its close collaboration with the Council on community building projects like this one.  He noted that activities like the Global Walk/Run provided yet another opportunity for the wider Monash community to come together to improve their health and wellbeing.

At the finish line, participants were treated to a healthy lunch and prize giveaways.

The event once again supported and raised funds for the great work done by the White Ribbon organisation, an organisation committed to preventing violence against women.

 Last SWAP classes for 2017

The final SWAP classes for 2017 have been released and are available on the Health and Wellbeing website. There are many classes available including: Pilates, Yoga, Learn to Swim, Boxing and many more. If you would like to run a SWAP class for your faculty before the end of the year, there is still time! Send your request to

Changing the way we treat diabetes and its complications

Since the discovery of insulin over 90 years ago and a number of oral tablets after the second world war there was very little change in the treatment of type 2 diabetes till the last decade.  In the last 10 years there have been dramatic improvements in the way we treat type 2 diabetes also known as maturity onset diabetes, a condition that has become arguably the largest worldwide epidemic as the world has industrialised with increasing obesity and reduced exercise.


  • Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017
  • Time: 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm start. Lecture for 45 minutes  followed by Q&A session.
  • Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the Baker Institute at 75 Commercial Road, Melbourne 3004, 200 metres east of the main  Alfred Hospital entrance. See map.
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVPCLICK HERE. Please RSVP by Friday 13 October 2017 for catering purposes
  • ph +61 3 9903 0026 or mob 0438 856 481; ph +61 3 9903 0009

 Ride and WIN!

The bikes are free to all students and staff.  Each bike comes with a helmet and can be used for up to three hours a day. Simply register to become a Bikeshare member and reserve a bike online or through the downloadable phone app.

If you register and use a free share bike between 11 September and 20 October 2017, you’ll go into our weekly prize draw to win vouchers from Monash retailers, a Monash Sport membership, a Fjallraven Kanken Backpack and more.

For more information and to register, visit the Monash Bikeshare website.

 Mental Health week 8th -14th October

Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health, through a week of interactive events across the state, including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars.

This year’s theme is Mental Health in the Workplace. The following programs are available for you to join this coming Mental Health week:

SafeTALK: is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone, regardless of experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.  To attend, register here

Introduction to Mindfulness: 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
  • resilience
  • physical and emotional health

To attend, register here

 Ride to Uni

It is that time of year again where the weather is getting warmer and people are getting back on their bikes.    Monash University is a proud supporter of Ride2Uni Day, celebrating the benefits of riding and bringing the Monash cycling community together. It gets people who have never ridden to work before to give it a go, and helps frequent riders to stay motivated and encourages their workmates to get involved. Ride to Uni is one of the many activities available during Climate Action Week. To sign up for your local campus event use the links below or to register for any of the other events during the week, go to the Climate Action website.

  • Clayton 8-10am at the Bike Arrival Station
  • Caulfield 8-10am on the Caulfield Common
  • Peninsula 8-9:30am at MPARC (Building W)

Try for 5 – National Nutrition Week: 15-21 October

We all know we should eat 5 serves of veg a day…   But did you know the average person only eats half that?

Take the pledge here and aim to eat 5 serves of veg a day. Nutrition Australia will support you with daily emails containing delicious recipes, clever ideas and inspiring new ways to add veg to your day.

It’s the fun and motivating way to boost your diet and kick start healthier habits!

Monash Sport News, Events and Offers

MS 24 Hour Mega Swim: Registrations are open!

Join our hands in supporting people with multiple sclerosis – gather a team and swim for 24 hours as part of the fundraising Mega Swim event. For more imformation and registration, click here.

New Fitness Centre Equipment: Hammer Strength Leg Press

We now have two Hammer Strength plate-loaded linear Leg Press machines at our Clayton Fitness Centre. This is a part of our commitment to provide quality training equipment. Read more about these new machines on our blog.

Fitness Video: Battle Rope Tutorial

Health and Fitness Instructor Josh shows you two exercises you can perform on the Battle Ropes, and explains how this piece of training equipment can help your core and upper body. Got any questions? Ask any of friendly staff next time you come in for a workout. Watch the video here.

SumoSalad’s New Flexitarian Menu

Does your stomach say ‘meat’ but your heart say ‘green’? SumoSalad’s new Flexitarian menu has got you covered this spring! Try the Teriyaki Beef Salad Bowl one day and the Falafel and Hummus the next. Show how you flex in your life on social media with #thisishowiflex, tag @Sumosalad and two friends, and you could win some awesome weekly prizes!




Leo Hurley selected for World University Games

Monash University’s own Leo Hurley has been selected to represent Australia at the World University Games in water polo… more information.


Heart of a warrior, plays like a Saint – Daniel McKenzie

At pick 22 in the 2014 AFL draft, the St. Kilda Football Club selected Daniel McKenzie from the Oakleigh Chargers… more information.

Empowering women to break boundaries – Aira Abarra

It is refreshing to see someone go against the grain of society to follow their passion. Whilst currently completing her studies in nursing and midwifery, Aira is also competing as a professtional powerlifter…more information.

Connecting with culture, the Indigenous University Games is more than a sporting event

The 2017 Indigenous University Games presents an opportunity for indigenous students from across Australia to come together and compete in a variety of sports. 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

adiCentre, 40% OFF RRP (Exclusions Apply)

This offer extends to Family and Friends of your company and can be used as frequently as one wishes between Monday 2nd October 2017 till Saturday 28th October 2017,  and we therefore we look forward to seeing everyone in-store.

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.

** 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

Allianz has partnered with Monash University! 

Monash University has partnered with Allianz to offer exclusive online discounts across a wide range of insurance products. Allianz operates in Australia, employing approximately 4,300 staff and is one of Australia’s largest general insurers. With over 3.1 million policy holders, Allianz is the brand more Australians are relying on.

Purchase online to receive the following discounts:

  • Up to 20% off Allianz Comprehensive Car Insurance*
  • Up to 15% off Allianz Home Insurance*
  • Up to 15% off Allianz Landlord Insurance*

How do I access this Employee Benefit?

  1. Visit the following website:
  2. Conveniently quote & buy online 24/7
  3. Applicable discounts are automatically applied via this portal
  4. Read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement/s to decide if the product is right for you.

Note: the above discounts are only available online at and are not available through the Allianz Contact Centre.

Further information about terms and conditions can be found here

Departure Lounge discount

Departure Lounge offers discounted rates at selected Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties throughout Australia and New Zealand. These rates can be booked up to 12 months in advance. Get the most out of discounted rates by booking one month in advance for a minimum of three nights.

Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information