Wellbeing @ Monash & Monash Sport newsletter – November 2013

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.

Contact us at wellbeing@monash.edu

In the November edition:

Wellbeing at Monash Events and News

12P-1017 10,000 Steps - verticalplasma-PRINTCelebrating our 10,000 Steps Challenge

Congratulations to eSols – Spartans who have taken out first place honours with Persian Catwalk in second and Combat Warriors in third place in the 2013 10,000 Steps Challenge .  

Individual and team prizes will be presented at the upcoming celebratory event to be held on the 21st November. Provost & Senior Vice-President, Professor Edwina Cornish, will open the celebrations.  This will be followed by a panel of experts from the BASE (Be Active Sleep and Eat), a world first centre – bringing together research into sleep, nutrition and exercise – who will be on hand to answer your questions and provide practical information, guidance and tips on how you to enhance your nutrition, sleep and physical activity!   To attend the celebratory event, click here

More than 2500 staff are taking part in the challenge which commenced on Monday 14th October and will conclude this Friday 8th November. All members still competing will need to log their steps no later than Tuesday 12th November.

Just 15 minutes to get your health checked!

We often prioritise our daily duties at the expense of our own h

ealth and wellbeing. Spend justworkhealth3 resize 15 minutes learning more about your vital health risks through a free, confidential health check in November.

Participants will receive immediate, confidential results and advice on blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart and stroke risk and more.

Make your booking online today!

Department bookings: If you would like to offer free health checks for your department staff (minimum 10) please contact wellbeing@monash.edu with your preferred dates and campus.

Skin cancer prevention seminar; an investment in your health

Staff are invited to attend a new wellbeing seminar on skin cancer prevention.skincancer

Delivered by Sue Dixon, radiographer at Peninsula Skin Cancer Centre, the seminar will cover

– Causes and risk factors for skin cancers
– Different types of skin cancers (Melanoma vs Non-melanoma skin cancers)
– Detection of skin cancer – what to watch our for
– Prevention and the importance of self awareness of your skin
Treatment of skin cancer


Date: Tuesday 12th November, 12.15pm-1.15pm
Venue: Building 8, Rotunda Theatre R3
Register online

Date: Tuesday 19th November, 2013, 12.15pm-1.15pm
Venue: Building H, Basement level, Lecture Theatre HB32
Register online

Staff from other campuses are invited to express their interest by emailing wellbeing@monash.edu, please state your campus and skin cancer seminar in the subject.

Healthy cooking demonstrations: Learn to create simple, healthy and delicious meals!

Chef cooking steak CIA Greystone

Wellbeing at Monash are proud trial a staff cooking demonstration that will focus on healthy eating.

The demonstration will be facilitated by Dr Ricardo Costa, a registered Monash dietitian and nutritionist from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, who will inspire you make healthier eating choices and teach you skills to create simple, healthy meals.
Date: Thursday 14th November: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Venue: Clayfield room A1.34, Building A, Caulfield
Register online

White Ribbon Day Breakfast 2013whiteribbonday

Take a stand against physical and sexual violence against women and show your support on Monday 25 November by joining the Monash White Ribbon Day Breakfast.

One in three Australian women over the age of 15 has experienced physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives.   The White Ribbon Campaign is the first male-led campaign to end violence against women in the world.

Professor James Ogloff for Centre for Forensic Behavio

ur Science (Monash University) and Forensicare will MC the event while also facilitating an expert panel that will explore current issues, changes over time and future directions.

Event Details:

Date: Monday 25 November, 7:30 — 8.45 am
Venue: Clayton Campus
Open to: All Staff
Cost: $10

For more details about this event and to register online, click here.

Superannuation for women seminar, Alfred Hospital

Surveys consistently demonstrate that the level of retirement savings of women tend to be significantly lower than men due to different working patterns, family responsibilities and relationship breakdowns. We can provide members with the tools to make well informed decisions about their financial future.  This session is suitable for women of all ages who would like to develop a better understanding of financial matters and be more active in managing their retirement savings. The seminar will cover issues such as:

  • how much do I need in retirement?
  • government contribution incentives
  • career breaks
  • understanding your investment risk profile
  • accessing benefits
  • superannuation & your estate

Date: Tuesday, 26th November 2013, 1-2pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Alfred Centre, Level5, Alfred Hospital

Register online by Monday, 25th November 2013.  (There is no cost to attend this seminar. However registration is essential)

Interested in a lunchtime pilates or boxing program?

The Staff Wellbeing and Activity Program (SWAP) provides tailored pilates, boxing, yoga and zumba, Fit Camp for Monash staff.

Wellbeing @ Monash is recruiting participants interested in joining a 6 week yoga, pilates or boxing lunchtime program.

Dates: Anticipated to start early November

Price: $54 per person for the 6 week program (x1 45minute class per week)

How to register:
Register your interest for Boxing and list your campus
Register your interest for Yoga and list your campus
Register your interest for Pilates and list your campus

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Order a delicious fruit box for your next staff meeting or event

At Monash we encourage staff  to make the healthy choice when providing food for staff meetings and events. Why not try a delicious box of fruit at your next meeting and event?

FruitAddicts offers Monash departments an excellent freshFruitBanner3 box of fruit, with free delivery to Monash campuses and 10% discount off the following prices –

Box of 30 fruit pieces $24
Box of 45 fruit pieces $34
Box of 60 fruit pieces $44

To order contact Steve at FruitAddicts or phone 1300 438 378 and quote ‘Monash Wellbeing’.  Payment can be made via cheque, credit card or monthly invoicing.

You can order these and find many more suggestions in our Health Smart Healthy Catering brochure or the Catering How To Buy Guide.

Do you cycle to work or run/walk regularly at lunchtime?

The University Wellbeing KPI aims to achieve 30% participationWALKING22ripA.jpg in wellbeing events and programs.

Staff who regularly participate wellbeing related activity during their work day can now log their participation in a database to help contribute to their Faculty/Division Wellbeing KPI.

Regularly is defined as at least once per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes during your work day (Monday to Friday).

Log your participation in the Wellbeing KPI form.

Lunchtime Weight Watchers Program

Staff the opportunity to enrol in a new Weight Watchers Program. With the convenience of weekly WeightWatchers2meetings on campus*, you’ll get the guidance that you need to succeed and stay on track to achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals

About the program: The program consists of one weekly lunchtime meeting for 13 weeks.

Cost: $19.50 per session for 13 week program. Payment can be in cash, credit card or pay $50 upfront then 3 monthly instalments. Some private health insurance providers provide a partial refund.

How to register: Send your interest to join the next program to wellbeing@monash.edu with WW and your campus in the subject line.

Do you wear glasses? Monash eye glasses collectionrotary eye glasses

Do you have old eye glasses sitting in your desk draw? Wellbeing @ Monash is now collecting used eye glasses for the Lions Recycle For Sight Program.

Send your unwanted eye glasses via internal mail to Wellbeing @ Monash – OHS, Building 40P, Clayton

Monash Sport news and offers

Health and Fitness Options for Monash Staff

At Monash Sport, we want all Monash University staff members to have a happy and healthy lifestyle. Because of this, we have introduced Health and Fitness Options for Monash University Staff. The variety of options available has been tailored so that each and every staff member is able to join the centre and able to achieve their fitness goals whether it is individually or as a group.

The Health and Fitness Options for Monash University

Staff includes Centre memberships, participation in the SWAP Group Exercise and casual visits.

For any further enquiries please contact our friendly staff or come down and visit us with your voucher for a 7 Day Trial

Energise – Five Week Summer Program!


Are you ready to finish 2013 ENERGISED with a 5-week fitness program?
We are offering a special $100 rate for the final ENERGISE 2013 program at Caulfield.

ENERGISE begins Tuesday 12 November and finishes Thursday 12 December
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
This group training session will get the most out of your body and snap it into shape for summer.

The sessions are a combination of fun, hard work and group interaction, and will have you looking forward to coming along every time!
Join today at the Monash Sport Service Desk or reply to this email.
Happy Training!


Six Week Pilates Program


Monash Sport at Caulfield is offering an exciting new summer time floor Pilates class.  Pilates is a great way to improve your health and fitness through movement and strengthening and balance exercises.

The six week program will be focusing on stretching, strengthening and toning the body.

Details are as follows:
Friday 8 November to Friday 13 December, 7:00am – 8:00am $45.00
Register today at the Caulfield Fitness Centre
9903 2358

Tennis $2 Happy Hour

Step away from your desk and onto the court! Monash Sport is making this easier for you by introducing a $2 Happy Hour during your lunch break!

All Monash staff and students are able to play up to two hours of tennis at the Clayton courts for only $2 per hour between 12-2pm Monday – Friday. This works out to be over an 85% saving off the standard Non-Student Off-Peak rate! Bookings can be made up to one week in advance and you are able to find all court booking information on our website.

Fitness Connect

Fitness Connect is a service which allows users to find and workout with someone of a similar fitness level and ability in exercise and/or sport. Exercising with a friend makes working out more enjoyable with many studies indicating the benefits regarding motivation, support and exercise longevity. The service can be found here.

Social Sport Summer Competition – Registrations are now open!netball

Tuesday evenings at Clayton:
Basketball, netball and indoor soccer

Thursday evenings at Caulfield:
Netball and indoor soccer

Competition commences the week of Monday 25 November 2013!  To be involved, get your team together, pick and name and register online now!

Please note competitions do not run between 12 December and 14 January

Stadium Change Room Refurbishment

From Thursday 7 November to January 2014 the Stadium Change Rooms will be undergoing an exciting  refurbishment project.

When finished, the refurbishment project will:
•Provide an improved change and amenities environment for members and customers
•Respond to significant customer feedback regarding the current condition of the change rooms.
•Improve the provision of accessibility change facilities for people with a disability.

Temporary change facilities will be provided during the refurbishment project and existing lockers will be relocated to the central corridors nearer each temporary facility. All of our other services will continue operating as per usual.
We apologise for the temporary disruption that this refurbishment project will cause to existing change room amenities. We are looking forward to delivering our members and customers significantly improved change facilities in the near future.


Doug Ellis Pool Update

With the main pool area reopened, the change room area has undergone significant refurbishment throughout October.
The final touches are currently being added to the change room areas during November, and the rooms are set to open soon.

We look forward to opening the change rooms to our members and for everyone to enjoy the refurbished facilities.

TeamMONASH news

Chancellor’s Cup Golf Day – Friday 15 November

The Chancellor’s Cup Golf Day is a fundraising opportunity for Monash University affiliated sporting clubs across all campuses. Your involvement on the day will assist our clubs to raise much needed funds for their on going initiatives.

The handicap format will provide the basis for a great day of golf on one of Melbourne’s most prestigious courses at the Spring Valley Golf Club. Throughout the day various competitions will be held including, longest drive and nearest the pin.

See our website for registrations and more information.

Employee benefits and discounts

Did you know Monash staff have access to a range of employee benefits and discounts including accommodation, travel insurance, airport parking and car hire. Read more information in the range of employee benefits and staff discounts

Up to 50% off Peppers and Mantra ResortsAmphora

Staff have access to the exclusive Departure Lounge with discounted rates at selected Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree properties throughout Australia, Bali and New Zealand.

Download the November specials here . See the flyer for travel dates and specials.

To book visit Departure Lounge and enter the password: monashstaff Rates are best when searching for 3 night+ stays.

Bank Benefits

As a Monash employee you can now access a range of banking and financial benefits including competitive rates on home lending and other NAB financial products, discounted movie tickets, computers, travel, shopping and much more from a range of top brands.

Benefits include:

  • Preferential rate of 0.7% p.a. less than the standard variable home loan rate for both owner-occupied and residential investment home loans. For higher loan amounts, additional benefits may be negotiated.
  • First year annual fee waiver for NAB Choice Package under NAB@work (saving $395).
  • Home lending: 50% discount on the standard application fee for home loans (saving of $300).
  • Term deposits: Receive a 0.25% p.a. bonus on the standard rates or 0.10% p.a. bonus on the blackboard special rate. This offer is available for deposit amounts of $5,000 – $250,000 for terms of 6-24 months, for online applications through NAB@work.
  • Dining: Special offers on a wide range of restaurants around Australia including local eateries and premium restaurants.
  • Shopping: Special offers on an extensive array of quality brands, products and services through telephone based and online service providers.

For more information about the NAB@work program visit the Monash eployee benefits and discounts webpage

10% off Rydges, Art Series and QT Hotels & Resorts

Enter the Monash Corporate ID at 40 Rydges, Art Series and QQT_Pool_ShotT Hotels & Resorts in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and receive:

  • 10% off all your accommodation bookings
  • Best rates online guaranteed

To start saving:

  1. Visit any of the hotel websites and select your preferred location and stay dates
  2. Enter the Monash Corporate ID: PC102298 in the text box and save 10% off the best rates

BUPA health insurance staff discount

Bupa (formerly HBA) provides staff access to a Monash Corporate Health Insurancec Plan, with:

  • Your premiums paid through direct debit/credit card
  • Savings on corporate products including Top, Intermedbupa corpiate and Saver Hospital cover,
  • Access to Corporate Advantage, Classic and Essentials extras (with a minimum of 70% back on most services),
  • No gap dental for children
  • A single room or your money back.

For pricing and detailed information see staff benefits and discounts.

Change to how your pay for your health insurance – New members who join BUPA from 1st August will only have the option of direct debit/credit card payment. There will be no changes for existing members who pay through payroll deductions.

Travelling soon? Discounted Virgin and Qantas lounge access

Sign up for a discounted airport lounge membership for Qantas and Virgin and enjoy the benefits!

Qantas Club memberships offer heavily discounted rates that can be salary sacrificed; pricing: $316 (one year) or $560.89 (two years) plus $230.00 joining fee.

Virgin Australia lounge corporate memberships offer a special price of $200 per year with a $100 joining fee.

Visit Airport Lounge discounts for more information.

Free Comedy Club tickets

The Comedy Club at the Athenaeum Thcomedy clubeatre is offering Monash staff a great range of weekly offers, including complimentary tickets.

View the line up of comedians online. All complimentary tickets are for the show only. Dinner and show tickets can be upgraded for the discounted price of $35pp (normally $45pp). For detailed information see staff discounts.

Other discounts available to staff

  • Andrew’s Airport Parking – 20% discount for staff, 15% for family
  • Avis car hire – reduced excess and 3rd day of weekend rentals free
  • Aussie Farmers Direct – first order discount
  • Blink Optical – 20% off sunglasses and lenses
  • BMW & Mini Corporate Program – complimentary scheduled servicing for 4 years / 60,000km, use of a BMW during scheduled servicing, xorporate pricing, reduced dealer delivery charges
  • Convenient Kitchen home delivery meals
  • Dell – up to 15% discount
  • Lite n’ Easy – 7 day meal pack discount
  • Magazine subscriptions – 10% off
  • Monash Commuter Club, 10% discount on Myki
  • Parkville Carlton Football Club Cafe
  • Travel insurance – special rates for staff

Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information

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