Wellbeing @ Monash and Monash Sport newsletter – June 2018

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 wellbeing@monash.edu

In the June edition:

  What’s your real health age this year?

We all know our real age, but how many of us know how old we are on the inside? We’ve teamed up with BUPA to provide Monash staff and students access to an online Health Assessment Tool to tell us just that.  If you took the assessment last year, why not see how your health might have improved this year?

The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and looks at all areas of your personal health – from diet and exercise, to stress and lifestyle factors.

Once completed, you’ll get your own personalised report outlining your health age (as opposed to your chronological age), and some handy tips to improve your overall health and wellbeing to reduce your health age. The information collected is confidential and can be reviewed at any time.  So take the time to find out your health age now!

For some ideas about how to start improving your health age, why not:

Visit the wellbeing website, for a full range of wellbeing programs and initiatives.

  Diabetes week (8th-14th of July)- It’s about time! 

Diabetes week will be from 8th-14th of July and the theme is“It’s about time.”     Isn’t it time we knew the early signs of Diabetes?
Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease with nearly 1.7 million Australians currently diagnosed and 280 Australians developing diabetes each day. The good news is that up to 60% of cases can be prevented. You can learn how to reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke, by attending an information session delivered by DiabetesVictoria (Life!). The topics covered include:
  • What is diabetes?
  • Symptoms and complications of diabetes
  • Risk factors linked to type 2 diabetes
  • How to prevent type 2 diabetes
Attend the Life! healthy living session and you could win some fit and fabulous prizes on the day, including a Jamie Oliver Cookbook!
Seminars will be held at the Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula campus and are free to join, so sign up on the health and wellbeing website

  New SWAP classes at the Peninsula, Caulfield and Clayton campuses! 

Monash Wellbeing and Monash Sport are excited to announce we have new SWAP classes to keep you fit over the winter break at the Peninsula, Caulfield and Clayton campuses.
We have a huge range of programs offered including Boxing, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi Mix and, Pilates and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)  throughout the day.  Sessions are available at different times including mornings, lunchtimes and evenings.  Details on the classes can be found on the Staff Wellbeing Activity Program Page.
Details are as follows:

 Check out the new programs available from the Mental Health and Counselling Team! 

A five hour face-to-face course for people who have previously completed Mental Health First Aid, to refresh their knowledge and skills, and provides an opportunity to extend accreditation for a further three years. 5 hour training

Fri 10 Aug or Mon 22 Oct (Clayton), Bookings via MyDevelopment

Reduce stress, and improve mental health, wellbeing and resilience using mindfulness. Consists of weekly formal mindfulness meditation practices, cognitive strategies and reflective activities designed to enhance both the professional and personal life of staff and students.

Fridays, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept 7 (Clayton), Bookings via the health and wellbeing booking system

This introductory workshop is broken into two parts: Part 1 is an introduction including the background to mindfulness. Part 2 focuses on practically implementing mindfulness-based strategies in personal and professional life.

Tues 7 Aug (Wellington Road), Bookings via My Development

Includes Part 1 and Part 2 for staff with the addition of Part 3, which explores how supervisors can incorporate mindfulness into teamwork and workplace culture. Half day

Fri 10 Aug (Wellington Road), Bookings via My Development

Poor fitness linked to higher risk of dementia

New evidence is showing the close correlation between exercise and brain health and cognitive function. White matter is made up of bundles of nerve fibres that act like information highways, allowing parts of the brain to “talk” to each other.

The research team took 81 people – 26 with normal brain function and 55 with mild cognitive impairment – and measured fitness using a formula called maximal oxygen uptake. White matter was tested with brain imaging. Tests were also done for memory and cognitive function. They found that people with higher maximal oxygen uptake had better white matter integrity and cognitive function.

Dr Shantel Duffy, a postdoctoral fellow specialising in dementia research at the University of Sydney, said the finding added to the growing body of evidence confirming the relationship between exercise and brain health. More details on the research findings can be found here

If you want to start getting fit at work, join one of the many programs that are available at your campus. Details on programs can be found on the health and wellbeing website.


Monash Sport News, Events and Offers

Monash Sport Merchandise

Look the part when you’re using Monash Sport facilities, programs and services with our range of merchandise.

Drink bottles, T-shirts, Hoodies and a range of other Monash Sport branded items are available at our Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula sites.

Remember, Monash Sport members currently receive 10% off all full-priced Merchandise.

Doug Ellis Main Pool Maintenance Project

To enhance your experience at Monash Sport, the Doug Ellis pool is undergoing an essential maintenance project. The Main Pool (including the Leisure Pool) will be closed over a period of approximately 5 months.

During this period, there will be some periods of revised access to the Variable Pool and the Sauna, Spa and Steam room.

For more information, revised hours, and to discuss your membership options, visit our website, or contact the Service Desk at 9905 4102.

Monash Staff Games – 19 & 20 July, 2018

Held at Clayton Campus, the Monash Staff Games are an opportunity for staff across all Victorian campuses of the University to play modified sports in a fun and friendly environment.

The 2018 Monash Staff Games offer a number of different sports and activities with an emphasis on getting involved and ‘having a go’.

Find out more and register a team here.


Run Melbourne –  Sunday July 29

Join Team MONASH as we combine with the External Relations, Development and                       
Alumni office to participate in the Run Melbourne event for the first time!

Click here to find out more and register.

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


Monash Uni has been exclusively selected to receive an invitation from MONDAY 2ND JULY 2018 – SATURDAY 28TH JULY 2018.*Promotion does not apply outside of these dates.

We hope that you and your colleagues take advantage of our fantastic offer at the adiCentre, 40% OFF RRP (Exclusions Apply), please see details on the attached invite. Please ensure that every individual makes an appointment prior to visiting our store (details on the attached invite) and please quote your company/business name when making an appointment and total booking attendance. This offer extends to Family and Friends of your company and can be used as frequently as one wishes between the above dates therefore we look forward to seeing everyone in-store. Please note upon your arrival we will ask to view the PDF invitation to confirm your booking.

  HSBC Corporate Employee Offer for Monash University

HSBC’s Corporate Employee Program offer benefits for Monash University employees.Thanks to the relationship established between HSBC and Monash University , we are delighted to offer you special banking discounts and packages you may not normally have access to.

HSBC offers a full suite of products and services including home loans, credit cards, personal loans, insurance and banking.

Please explore the benefits here www.hsbc.com.au/corporatepartners


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: http://monashuniversity.mybenefits.com.au
  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.

Details on the offer can be found on here

Visit employee benefits and discounts for staff for more information

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