Wellbeing at Monash newsletter – April

Read about the latest Wellbeing and Monash Sport events, services and activities. Monash aims to assist staff in achieving a healthy work/life balance using a holistic approach – mind, body, spirit and the community. There are some great prizes to win so read on!

In the April edition:

Wellbeing events & news

Take time out for you! Register now for your free health check

All Monash staff members have the opportunity to participate in free WorkHealth health checks.waist_measuring_tape

The one on one free health checks will take approximately 20 minutes and is a great opportunity to learn more about the state of your health. The checks are delivered by an independent company, your results will remain private and your employer will not receive any personal information about your health.

You will receive immediate results and advice on:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood glucose
  • Cholesterol
  • Waist circumference
  • And more

Upcoming campuses include: School of Rural Health, Parkville, MMC, Box Hill, ISCRR ,Caulfield and Clayton

How to book: Learn when the health checks will be at your campus via the booking system. https://monash.fitness2live.com.au/ (you must have logged in with your authcate to view this website)

Free online recipes, exercise programs, interactive games for the kidsf2l image

Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, download recipes for the family or train for a marathon, the new Monash online wellbeing portal is ready to serve as your mentor, motivator and guide. The online program includes health assessments, lifestyle plans and an extensive library of fitness and nutrition articles and hundreds of healthy recipes. Register for the online wellbeing program

Feel like a change of scenery? Add some vitality to your VOIP phone

VOIP_Backgroundv1If you feel like a change of scenery on the background of your VOIP phone, staff are invited to set a new wellbeing/sport background.  Press ‘settings’, ‘user preferences’, ‘background images’ and select number 15

Interested in joining a Monash book group?

Are you an avid reader? Do you like to share you thoughts on the books?  We are seeking staff who would like to join a book club.book-club

All books are provided by the CAE*, complete with discussion questions. More than just a book review, the notes are guaranteed to get your group talking. Books are delivered to the Group Secretary prior to the scheduled meeting. Members collect their copy of the book from the secretary then meet again the following month to discuss the book they’ve just read and collect their next book. The CAE Book Group catalogue includes fiction, literature, classics, crime, non fiction, memoir, history, philosophy, travel and culture.

The Monash book club will require:

  • a minimum of eight group members (maximum 15) who meet monthly
  • a member prepared to take on the Group Secretary role
  • a campus meeting venue of your choice
  • a love of reading and an interest in group discussion.

For more information download the flyer  Send your registration of interest to wellbeing@monash.edu *Fees apply


Overstressed, under-appreciated- report Monash Malaysia

Working mothers, take some time out!  That’s the message from clinical psychologist and lecturer Dr Paul Jambunathan at Monash Malaysia as statistics show that in Malaysia our heart health is suffering from our busy lives with less time for health and relationships. Read the full article online

Pilates, zumba or yoga class in your office

zumba-_cris_0041The Staff Wellbeing & Activity Program (SWAP) has been designed to bring on campus activity to your office! With yoga and pilates classes from just $10 per person, get your colleagues together and organise a class at a time that suits you! Download the SWAP brochure for all pricing and program information.


Fundraiser for Bowel Cancer & Digestive Research Institute of AustraliaEntertainmentBook

Purchase your new 2011 | 2012 Entertainment Book and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Bowel Cancer & Digestive Research Institute of Australia.

Entertainment Books contain hundreds of 25-50% off and two-for-one offers from popular restaurants, cinemas, hotel accommodation, the arts, and sporting events throughout Melbourne and Australia.

To order your copy of the Entertainment Book ($65 per book) email your order to margaret.croxford@monash.edu. For more information contact Margaret Croxford,  Manager Finance & Resources Faculty of Information Technology, x32039 or visit Bowel Cancer Australia

Soweto Gospel Choir coming to Clayton

choir_ent_wideweb__430x240Heralded as the most exciting group to emerge in World Music in recent years, two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns with a brand new show African Grace.

Since its foundation in 2002, the Choir has performed to sell-out crowds at the greatest concert halls across the globe and alongside superstars including Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, John Legend, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.

The Choir’s 26 singers, dancers and musicians deliver a flawless performance of traditional and contemporary songs infused with irrepressible spirit.

Friday 27th May 8pm-10pm, Robert Blackwood Hall, Clayton. Tickets $45- $89. For more information visit the Monash Box Office or phone x5111

Monash Golden Key and MUISS present ‘Your Community’

Do you have a burning question about a topical issue? It’s time to stand up, discuss and resolve at ‘Your Community’ – a panel-style Q&A forum.Global_900-407  ‘Your Community’ will be run by Monash Golden Key in conjunction with the Monash University International Students’ Society (MUISS).

The theme of the event this year is ‘The Young Mind – What Plagues It?’  Within this theme, there will be five sub-topics: Employment, University, Health, Culture and Personal Security.

The panellists:
– Mr Lloyd Englad – Tutor and Student Experience Manager, Law Faculty (Host of the event)
– Mr Conrado Guimaraes – CEO and Founder of the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO)
– Mr Adam Jaffrey – Founder and anti-violence evangelist of Step Back … Think
– Dr Tangerine Holt – Director of International Education and Research at Monash University

Date: Friday 15 April
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre H5, Menzies Building

For more information visit the Golden Key webpage or email community@monash.golden-key.org

What does pet ownership tell us about ourselves?A02JAA

Staff are invited to participate in research to find out what people think about cats and dogs and how it improves their welfare. Open to pet owners and non-owners encouraged participate in an anonymous 20-25 minute online survey.  If you would like to participate in this project, complete the survey

Have you experienced a head injury? – The Alfred

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research centre is conducting a neuroimaging study of depression following a traumatic brain injury.

We are seeking volunteers aged between 17 and 65 years who have experienced a head injury that results in a loss of consciousness.

The study involves two sessions of approximately 2.5 hours each – one EEG session, and one MRI and mood/cognitive assessment session.  All sessions will take place at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.  View more info

Competition winners and your chance to win

Congratulations to Tina Georgitsis from the Monash Research Office for providing her feedback on the newsletter and winning a movie ticket.  For your chance to win a Village Cinemas movie ticket tell us what you think of the new layout of the newsletter or provide a suggestion for Wellbeing at Monash or Monash Sport (or any wellbeing service you would like to see) Provide feedback

Monash Sport news and offers

Emer Casey Fun Run

Emer Casey was diagnosed with ovarian/uterine cancer in early 2006 at the early age of 27. Following a short battle with the disease, Emer tragically passed away on 10 June 2006. The life of this brave woman inspired so many that the Emer Casey Foundation was established in her honour and memory.Emer_Casey_Photo

The Emer Casey Foundation will support the research into ovarian cancer being carried out by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre by hosting its second annual ‘Fun Run’ on Sunday 22 May at Monash University’s Clayton Campus.

The event will be a great way to increase awareness of ovarian cancer in the community whilst also raising valuable funds. Competition options available for participants include the 5km walk or the 10km run, with all proceedings going to the Peter Mac Foundation.

The event offers participants prizes, BBQ and drinks available for a gold coin donation, international entertainment and even the opportunity to run with former Olympic champion, Sonia O’Sullivan.

For enquiries about TeamMONASH™ or this event, please contact: participants@monash.edu.au or +61 3 9905 8815


Holiday Intensive Swimming Program

Holiday_Swim_Program_PhotoWith school holidays fast approaching, what better way for your children to remain active over the break than with our Holiday Intensive Swimming Program. The four day program is a great opportunity for swimmers of all abilities to further their skills in the pool.

The program will span from Monday 18 April to Thursday 21 April, with no more than 6 students per class. Sessions will run each day between 9:30am and 11:40am, depending on which group you are allocated to.

The cost of the four day program is $48 per student, which includes the cost of pool entry for the length of the program for both the student participating and one adult swimmer.

Please see a Customer Service Officer at the Aquatics Service Desk to register and find out more information or call the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool on 9905 4115. 


Do you value your health like we do?


Get rid of the cost of a coffee and put it towards a membership at Monash Sport. For a limited time only, sign up for a direct debit or 12 month membership and get the first month FREE! And to sweeten the deal all new members will receive a complimentary joining gift. Salary packaging is also available to staff.
The benefits don’t just end there; you don’t have to look at the fine print for joining fees, as there are none.  With unlimited health assessments and program reviews available you’ll always be kept busy. We’re not your average gym, we offer rewards programs, seminars as well as testing sessions for our members.
Still not convinced? Download a 7 day FREE trial  and get a taste of what you’re missing out on. You’ll find that we have a social environment with qualified staff to keep you motivated.
Conveniently located on campus, you can take out the hassle of transportation and walk there. Duck in and out during your lunch break or even in between lectures and tutorials. You’ll come out smelling like roses and knowing you’ve worked hard.  Get the endorphins flowing and adrenaline pumping!


2011 Mother’s Day Classic

Registrations are now open for the first TeamMONASH™ community fitness event for 2011, The Mother’s Day Classic to be held on Sunday 8 May.Mothers_Day_Photo

The Mother’s Day Classic is the biggest community fundraising event for breast cancer in Australia. With over 80,000 people participating nationally, this walk/run event gives people the chance to make a real difference to the lives of those diagnosed with breast cancer. Participants have the option of a 4km or 8km, walk/run.

Proceeds from the Mother’s Day Classic are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and supports research for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

2011 will see the introduction of a new TeamMONASH™ uniform line. First time students, staff or alumni participants will be eligible for a free T-Shirt or Singlet. Returning participants will be able to purchase uniforms from Monash Sport.

For more information and how to participation or volunteer visit the Mother’s Day Classic webpage. 



Discounts for staff

Fresh milk, bread, fruit and vegies delivered to your door, Aussie Farmers Direct offeraussie farmers

Monash staff, family and friends, receive $20 off your first order.  Aussie Farmers is a 100% Australian owned fruit and vegetables, groceries and organic food, delivered to your door free! Visit the discounts webpage for full details


HBA – corporate health plan offer

Free on campus consultations

HBA will be onsite at Caulfield, Clayton, Berwick and Parkville during April and May holding personal consultations.  Appointments available between 8.30am and 4pm.  Register now to book in for your consultation.  Register for Clayton, Caulfield, Berwick or Parkville

Corporate health plan – one month free health cover

Join the Monash Uni HBA Health Plan and you can enjoy benefits including:

HBA_Logo– From April 1, 2011, new Bupa members receive 1 month free and 2 month waiting periods waived on most extras
– Gap-free dental cover for your kids’ until the age of 25. (no out-of-pocket costs on most general dental services like check-ups, teeth cleaning, fillings, x-ray and more
– A great range of selected frames and lenses at a Members First optical provider

Offer ends 31 May 2011. Monash staff who sign up as a new member with HBA on the Monash University Corporate Health Plan receive access to a specially designed corporate suite of Health Insurance products. These products contain built-in savings that are not available to the general public.

Visit a HBA Retail Centre or call 1800 649 406 and quote the Monash University corporate group number – 122265.    *Payment must be made by payroll deduction.  For detailed information see health insurance discounts.


adidas VIP discount offer – 30% off factory outlet prices

adidas Australia invites all Monash staff, family and friends to the exclusive VIP shop – The adiCentre for the month of April 2011.

We stock the latest adidas range across mens, womens, kids and baby! Come down and enjoy the exclusive chance to save 30% off all stock.

No booking = No entry. You must phone and make an appointment to visit the store, 9263 5276 or 99263 5250 (open 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday). Location: adidas Head Office, 767 Springvale Rd, Mulgrave


Hallmark friends and family sale

hallmarkGreat opportunity to purchase Hallmark cards, wrap, stationery, christmas products and more at discounted prices. All products priced at $1, money raised will be donated to charity. Cash only.


When: Friday 15th April 2pm-6pm and Saturday 16th April 9am-12pm.
Where:10 Caribbean Drive, Scoresby

The Convenient Kitchen – We create, We shop, We deliver!

conv kitchThe Convenient Kitchen deliver to your door a grocery bag packed with 5 healthy yummy recipes and all their accompanying  market fresh vegetables, meats, fish and poultry for your week’s home cooking. For 2, families of 2-4 or 4-6. All recipes are created by a qualified nutritionist/chef and are easy to cook. 
No more thinking “what will I cook tonight” no more rushing to the supermarket after work to quickly get what you need, it’s all in your pantry or fridge at home already!

Monash staff offer: 20% discount on all full priced grocery bags for 5 dinners*. Phone 98222877 and mention Monash or visit The Convenient Kitchen and add ” Monash” in the special requirements section.  *Available to all new customers only.

Other discounts available to Monash staff:

Visit Monash discounts for more information

One Response to “Wellbeing at Monash newsletter – April”

  1. Mitchell Laplante Says:

    I wanted to thank you for this great read! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

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