Wellbeing at Monash newsletter – July

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 July edition:

Wellbeing events & news

Monash unites for Men’s Health

Members of the Monash University community across Victoria joined in the GLOBAL walk/run to support men’s health week. Held on Wednesday 15 June, global12011 more than 550 participants from the Monash global community registered to complete the event.

The walk/run was held at Monash locations including Parkville, Gippsland, Berwick, Peninsula, Caulfield and Clayton campuses as well as at the Alfred Hospital and Bendigo Regional Clinical School.

On the day participants made gold coin donation to Andrology Australia, which will be used to continue the program’s men’s health education initiatives.

berwick globalAt the Clayton campus, the day also featured a group fitness warm up for participants, as led by cricket legend Merv Hughes, who re-enforced the message of Andrology Australia to ‘talk about your tackle, and get active for your own health’.

“The longer you say ‘nothing’ the more likely your doctor can do ‘nothing’ about it”.

At all campuses participants enjoyed a free Health Smart lunch provided with the support of Wellbeing at Monash.

Find just 10 or 30 minutes to take some time out for yourself

We all lead busy lives so why not take 10 or 30 minutes out of your day for you?!

In just 10 minutes you can download and listen to a meditation podcast or in 30 minutes you can participate in a free meditation class.Pilates

Using the latest mindfulness techniques the classes aims to help participants lower their stress levels and improve their academic and occupational performance.  Participation is free for all Monash staff and higher degree students.

Free Meditation classes:
Gippsland: Thursday’s 12pm-12.30pm, Spiritual centre
Caulfield: Weekdays, 12pm-12:30 pm, Spiritual Centre, Room 1.56, Building B
Clayton: Wednesday’s and Friday’s 1:15-1:45 pm, Religious Centre, Building 9
Parkville: Wednesday’s 12pm-12.30pm, Scott Building, Pharmaceutics Meeting Room 232

Download free meditation resources

Mindfulness meditation (quicktime 14mb)
Visualisation (quicktime 12mb)
Progressive meditation (quicktime 16mb)
Stress Release CD produced by Faculty of Medicine and Systematic Relaxation CD, both CDs available from health and wellbeing hubs

On campus Bikery at Clayton

bikery-heroFor all your cycling needs, the Bikery is the bike hub of the Clayton campus. The Bikery provides students and staff with cheap maintenance, bicycle parts and accessories, refurbished bikes and general cycling advice.

At the Bikery there is a permanent staff member and student volunteers that can assist you:

  • with flat/punctured tyres,
  • brakes that need adjusting
  • gears that require adjustment
  • provide expert advice
  • order parts if we don’t have them on hand.
  • We can also show you the best way to and from campus
  • Direct you to the new Bike Station (bike storage and showers)

For more information visit The Bikery

2011 de Castella Run – raise funds for mental health research

deekSupport Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre by registering to be part of the 2011 de Castella Run.

Register for the 5km run or walk, 10km run or 15km run.  The course visits the challenging and scenic Kew Boulevard and all participants receive a free showbag.

When: Sunday 28 August
How to register: Download the event information kit

Do you know anyone affected by mental illness?
Depression? Bipolar? Schizophrenia?  Has someone you know got Autism or Aspergers? Does someone close to you have an addiction problem, gambling, drugs or alcohol?maprc logo

These are just some of the mental illnesses that the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, MAPrc is finding new treatments for which help the lives of people suffering from serious mental illness and their families.

• Mental illness will effect one in five people
• It has a devastating impact on individuals, their family and friends
• Current treatments are not effective for many people
• New treatments are urgently needed

You can help mend minds
– register for the 2011 de Castella Run
– Make a tax deductible donation when you enter
– Make your own fund raising page at Everyday Hero so your friends and family can sponsor you

All Good Bins Come in Small Packagesbin

Question: What do Berwick Campus, Peninsula Campus, STRIP 2, the Alfred Centre, Libraries, Facilities and Services, OHS, the Equity and Diversity Centre, Monash Animal Research Platform, Human Resources, Building 64, Faculty of Law and many more workplaces at Monash have in common?

Answer: They have all adopted Bin There Done That and made real reductions in the amount of waste they send to landfill.  The program involves replacing the old-style under-desk bins with a small desk-top bin, leading to an average 20% reduction in the amount of recyclable material sent to landfill.

The Office of Environmental Sustainability sponsors the program so it is free for any workplace that volunteers to participate. To find out more, including how you can get involved with our full support, please see our Bin There Done That webpage.

Are you due for a check up?logo-Breastscreen

BreastScreen Victoria saves lives. Regular screening mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful.

50% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are aged 50 – 69. No doctor’s referral is required and it is a free service.

Read what happens at BreastScreen

On campus salsa and hip hop courses

Enrol for a short course in Salsa or Hip Hop at the Monash Short course Centre.

salsaSalsa: Keep fit and toned with our spicy salsa class,  Saturdays, 12-1pm, 6 sessions from 13 August, or Thursdays, 7-8pm,  6 sessions from 20 October. Monash staff price $91

Hip Hop: Our hot Hip Hop class is fast paced and energetic. If you’re wanting to get fit this course is a fun active, Tuesdays, 6-7pm,  6 sessions from 9 August or Saturdays, 1-2pm, 6 sessions from 22 October
Monash staff price $91

All courses held at Monash Short Courses Centre at Clayton. For more information call x53180

Upcoming shows at the Alexander Theatre and Robert Blackwood Hall

NationalBoysChoirOfAustraliaScooby Doo – Live! Musical mysteries – Monday 11 July
The Yeoman of the Guard – Gilbert and Sullivan Opera – Saturday 16 July
National Boys Choir of Australia in concert – Saturday 30 July

Book online today by visiting Monash University Academy of Performing Arts

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

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: Caulfield, Clayton, 700 Blackburn Rd, F&S and HR

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)

Register your department for lunchtime zumba, yoga, pilates and boxing classes

grpexEResearch, HR, Facilities & Services, ITS, OHS, Engineering and Medicine have all registered for the Staff Wellbeing & Activity Program.

SWAP has been designed to bring on campus activity to your office! With 30 or 60 minute yoga, zumba, boxing and pilates classes from just $8 per person, get your colleagues together and organise a class at a time that suits you!

Download the new SWAP brochure for all pricing and program information.

Peninsula staff committed to Health Hourfit camp2

Peninsula Health Hour, led by Professor Leon Piterman encourages Peninsula staff to take time out and get involved in the new wellbeing programs and services available to Peninsula staff.

All Peninsula staff are invited to participate in the new Health Hour event:

Free 4 week Fit Camp: The 30 minute lunchtime classes are suitable for all ages and abilities. Grab a colleague.  Weekly classes commence Tuesday 19 July register here

Divided Attention Study: Healthy Males 35-73/Females 50-55 Years Old Needed

The purpose of the study is to learn more about the difficulties that Huntington’s disease patients have when they have to do two or more things at once.

The study will involve the completion of some questionnaires, computerised, pen-and-paper and verbal tasks. Testing will take no more than 2 hours.

Participants must be males between 35 and 73 years old or females between 50 and 55 years old with no history of neurological, psychiatric or psychological illness and with no more than 16 years of formal education (Bachelor degree). Potential participants will be screened prior to their participation to ensure they are eligible.

You will be reimbursed for your time. Contact Ria Vaportzis for more information: eleftheria.vaportzis@monash.edu or x53803

Competition winners and your chance to win

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 via email wellbeing@monash.edu

Monash Sport news and offers

Start Training for upcoming TeamMONASH Events

Around the Bay 2011There is just over 100 days to start or ramp up your training schedule for the upcoming TeamMONASH™ Events!

The Melbourne Marathon is being held on Sunday 9 October, with the Around the Bay in a Day bike ride supporting The Smith Family the following week, held on Sunday 16 October.

TeamMONASH™ will be prominent in their marquee, offering to take care of your baggage while you run or ride your personal best around some of Melbourne’s great landmarks, cheered on by the renowned TeamMONASH™ support crew.

All Monash staff are encouraged to enter the upcoming events, with first time TeamMONASH™ participants that are staff, are eligible for a FREE 2011 TeamMONASH™ singlet or jersey!

So don’t hold back, start training, get sponsored and get yourself prime for the upcoming TeamMONASH™ events whilst enjoying a great day out with family and friends. For further information or to enter TeamMONASH™ events visit www.sport.monash.edu/events.

Monash Sport Member Rewards Program

Thinking of a quick and healthy eating option to complement all that hard work at the fitness centre? Eat Fresh and enjoy a Subway sandwich for less withMonash Sport and Subway. Stores at Brandon Park, Oakleigh, Mount Waverley and Springvale are now offering 20% off any sub or platter for Monash Sport members.

Balance this healthy eating with the range of sports supplements available at Supplements Direct. Monash Sport members can work harder for longer after receiving 5% off Supplements Direct’s entire range!

With all these healthy eating and nutrition offers, you may wish to let your hair down and indulge in a delicious dinner at La Camera Southbank. Monash Sport members can receive 15% off the bill Sunday to Thursday nights inclusive with a generous 25% off on Monday evenings. The perfect reward to a solid workout! For all of the exclusive offers available through Monash Sport’s Member Rewards Program, and information about how you can receive them too, click here!

Member Rewards

New Group Fitness Timetable Has Arrived

Group FitnessFitness for all ages and abilities are catered for with Monash Sports new and improved group fitness timetable! More classes, more often means you can choose from a range of fitness classes with like minded people.

Swim Fit is new to the line up for those who want an all over body workout conducted by AUSTSWIM qualified instructors. Swim Fit is designed to increase fitness levels whilst providing improved swimming technique in time for summer.

Zumba will make you move, whilst BodyPump gives you the music and momentum to reach personal fitness goals. Cycle classes are the perfect opportunity to slot in a more sessions into your Around the Bay in a Day training schedule.

The Semester 2 Group Fitness Timetable will commence on Monday 18 July with the full timetable available online. And if you’re still not sure which class is for you, try our free 7 day trial.

Monash Games (21-22 June)


Why let the students have all the fun? Better yet, win the bragging rights at Monash Games in a staff versus students sporting competition. Alternatively, the staff only challenge is an exclusive competition for Monash staff to get active.

Held over two days on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 July at the Clayton campus, Monash Games offers participants at all levels to get involved in social sports across a number of disciplines. Basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor cricket, indoor soccer, badminton and dodgeball are all on offer for your shot at sporting glory.

With entries set to close on 12 July, claim victory over competing faculties or outspoken students with a staff team in the fifth annual Monash Games this year and reap the rewards for the next 12 months!

To enter a team or find out more information, go to www.sport.monash.edu/monashgames.

Semester 2 Social Sport Registrations Now Open
Social Sport

Want to play sport, get fit and see your friends at Monash campuses all on a regular basis? Monash Sport has the answer…

Registrations are now open for Monash University Social Sport Competitions until Tuesday 2 August, 2011! Whether you play indoor soccer, basketball or netball, the social sport calendar caters for guys, girls and mixed teams across lunchtime and evening competitions.

Players and teams of any level are encouraged to enter as either students, staff, or even members from the wider community who consider themselves social shooters or weekend warriors – choose your grade to experience the fun and fitness alongside your friends.

So why not round up a group of your favourite people and enter a team in the Social Sport competition, or even register your current team for match practice.

For further information, or to enter a team visit this page.

More more news and offers from Monash Sport, visit www.sport.monash.edu.

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

Don’t have health insurance? Now’s the time to join.

HBA_LogoMonash 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.

July special offer:2 and 6 month waiting periods waived on most extra’s. Chance to win one of two Apple MacBooks

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.

10% off magazine subscriptions

partner_magshopACP magazines are offering Monash University staff members a 10% discount on the following magazines titles:

  • APC
  • Australian PC User
  • Australian Geographic
  • Australian Women’s Weekly
  • Cleo
  • Cosmo
  • Empire
  • Good Health & Medicine
  • Madison
  • Money
  • Motor
  • Shop Til You Drop
  • Wheels

To receive the 10% discount on subscriptions, visit www.magshop.com.au/monash-staffOffer valud until: 31 May 2011. If you order by phone please quote discount code: P10MUNI

Travelling soon? Discounted Airport Lounge accessvirgin

Sign up for a discounted airport lounge membership and enjoy the benefits! Lounges include

Priority Pass: access to 600+ lounges worldwide
Virgin Blue The Lounge
Qantas Club Lounge

Visit Airport Lounge discounts for more information.

Other discounts available to Monash staff:

Visit Monash discounts for more information

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