Archive for October, 2017

Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – October 2017

Thursday, October 26th, 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 October edition:

Do you think you can grow a great MO this Movember?

Join the unified Monash Movember team and help raise funds to address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.  This year we are joining forces with groups such as TeamMonash and Monashstaff  as they aim to get 40 staff onboard to reach a target of $5,000 in donations !  All donations big or small can help with this great cause.  To join or donate to the Monash Movember team click here .

It’s here…The Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge kicks off 

Are you ready? The 2017 Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge is off and running in a virtual race covering 50 amazing locations. Starting in Italy this week, the 2017 challenge will run for 42 days and journey through Europe, the United States and Africa, for those who can get that far.

With 444 teams, and 2220 participants, the challenge is on.    We’ll also be having a different focus each week during the challenge.  This week is all about being connected, so get together with your family and friends and take the time to enjoy the great weather while getting healthier too!

Don’t forget to log your steps daily at the Stepathlon site, to stay connected to the leaderboards!

Don’t worry…be happy!

Next week, as part of the 10,000 steps challenge focus on physical activity, we will be hosting a seminar and webinar for all staff aimed at teaching you how to use exercise to relax and stop worrying.

The seminar/webinar titled How to relax and stop worrying, will:

  • Explore some fundamental facts about worry and stress
  • Help you understand the positive and negative aspects of worrying
  • Identify physical and mental relaxation techniques that will work for you
  • Give you practical tips and strategies to reduce worrying and increase relaxation

The session is free to join and details are available here

Introduction to Mindfulness -Webinar and Seminar!

Craig Hassed, will be delivering a Introduction to Mindfulness seminar this November.

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

The date of the seminar/webinar is 10th of November at 11:00am. To register click here

Food as Medicine

Explore the role of food in health and how to apply nutrition science to guide you on using food as medicine for you and your family.

Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) has developed a three week online course applying food as medicine. This course will have broad general interest appeal to everyone interested in food, nutrition and health. But it will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals who are looking to have more evidenced-based information, to assist them in providing food-based recommendations to their patients.

Details of the program are here

Monash White Ribbon Day- November 25th

The 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day.

This year, we’re supporting you with our STOP Kit, providing you with the knowledge and skills to help prevent violence against women, whilst still keeping yourself safe.

Start by taking the Oath in Preventing Violence Against Women and see how you can make a change

 Getting your life balanced- Seminar and Webinar

Davidson Traharie Corpsych (DTC) is Monash’s Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) and will be delivering a presentation on getting your life balanced.

The seminar will discuss the following topics:

  • Understand balance, one dominate area in life creates risk
  • How to recognise imbalance and create balanced thinking
  • Understand your personality
  • Goal setting

The session is free to join and is open to all Monash staff, here

The Lancet Features the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

We all know smoking is bad for our health.  By going smoke-free, Monash is supporting the health of its students, staff, contractors and visitors.  There is clear evidence to show that smoke-free environments increase the rate of quitting and reduce the amount of people taking up smoking.   The effects of smoking are well documented with more than 7 million deaths per year attributable to smoking, and projections suggesting 1 billion deaths this century.1   For the full story, click here

Mental Health and Wellbeing

SafeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone, regardless of experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper.
Parkville – Friday 10 December
Register via MyDevelopment

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a two-day workshop to equip you with a range of skills and strategies to provide help to someone experiencing a mental health issue.  This is an internationally recognised program, and upon completing the training successfully you will receive a certificate of accreditation for 3 years.

Peninsula – Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October
Parkville – Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November
Clayton – Thursday 16 & Thursday 23 November
Register via MyDevelopment


Maintaining a Mindful Life

This course is for anyone looking to learn and apply mindfulness techniques. You don’t need any past experience but learners with some experience will appreciate additional material that explores other aspects of mindfulness.
Starting on the 13th of November for for four weeks, register here 

Monash Sport News, Events and Offers

MS 24 Hour Mega Swim: Event Wrap Up

Over the first weekend of October, our annual MS MegaSwim successfully kicked off. 152 participants across 11 teams swam for 24 hours, raising over $18,000 in support of patients living with multiple sclerosis. Not only this, the event has generated public awareness, understanding and encourage community action. Read our blog for the event recap.

Deadlift Technique Workshop at Clayton

The team at the Clayton campus held their very first series of technique workshops which were designed to cater to the increased popularity of deadlifting. Over the course of three days, Health and Fitness Instructor Martin was able to teach members the proper technique of the deadlift and communicate common errors. Read about our technique workshop here.

Halloween Group Fitness Classes

On October 31st, Monash Sport is celebrating Halloween with our Group Fitness classes. The celebration is happening across all campuses, in all Group Fitness classes throughout the day. Come along to any of our classes dressed in your spookiest outfit for an unearthly experience!

October’s Monthly Personal Challenges

In October, we have a range of personal challenges for our members.

  • 1min Time Trial – Burpees
  • 45sec Time Trial – Ropes
  • 1km Time Trial – Treadmill

The challenges all have instructional videos available for them, so take a look and get involved. 

Run Monash Launches at Caulfield

Following on from the amazing success of the Run Monash at Clayton campus, we are pleased to announce that Run Monash Caulfield will be launching on Monday October 23 at 6pm. We welcome runners of all ages and abilities (including those who may have a disability), backgrounds and experience. Read more about our new program here




Jessica Au, Monash Football’s Finest

Monash University’s own Jessica Au is a rare breed, someone who thrives under the glare of bright lights. Jessica is not only an elite soccer player, but also undertaking her Medicine degree… more information.

University Games Event Wrap Up

The annual Australian Uni Games concluded on a strong note. This year, over 500 athletes competed in the Australian Uni games …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

RACV Bike Assist

RACV are delighted to offer all Monash students and staff 50% off RACV Bike Assist.

Whether it’s an accident, mechanical issue, puncture or even exhaustion, RACV Bike Assist will come to your aid. In the case of a puncture, an RACV Service Provider will be despatched to get you going again. For everything else, we’ll organise and pay for a Maxi Taxi to take you and your bike to a destination of your choice. (Taxi ride covered up to $50 per incident.) An annual subscription gives you up to 8 call-outs a year so you can go riding anytime and know you’re covered.

Monash Students and Staff receive a 50% discount on their first year of RACV Bike Assist.

Using promo code: MONASH50

For further information or to claim this offer please visit RACV Bike Assist or by calling RACV on 13 72 28.

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 2 nd  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.

Novated Lease

Are you in the market for a new car? Need help getting rid of your old one, our novated lease providers are here to help.

Purchase a new car or second hand car (subject to approval) and salary package through our novated lease providers:

Novated Leasing can offer many benefits for staff:

  • A Novated Lease may be both cost and tax effective. Your salary packaged vehicle costs are paid from your pre-tax income. Paying with pre-tax dollars means that you enjoy a lower rate of tax on the benefit than if you were to pay for the running costs of the vehicle using after tax income.
  • Freedom to select the vehicle of your choice.
  • Lease repayments are fixed for the term of the lease.
  • You can select flexible lease terms from 12 to 60 months (one to five years).
  • Under a Novated Lease, the financier applies an Input Tax Credit (ITC) to remove the GST from the amount financed. This means that your repayments will be lower as you finance a reduced, GST-exclusive amount.
  • Under a salary packaging arrangement all finance and operating costs for the vehicle are known as a “related benefit” and are GST and income tax-exempt.

Further information about our novated lease procedure can be found here.


Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information