HEALTHY & WELLBEING PROGRAM
Flinders University is committed to building and maintaining a work environment that supports a holistic approach to safety, health & wellbeing aimed at increasing staff knowledge and awareness of health and wellbeing issues and healthy lifestyle choices and behaviours.
The health & wellbeing program will provide a range of activities that addresses both physical and mental health of staff, with the desire to improve individuals’ overall health and wellbeing choices. The University will aim to provide opportunities to its staff to help them to achieve productive, engaged and healthy lifestyles that result in positive outcomes for our work force and our community.
In conjunction with BUPA with whom the University has a health insurance partnership, they will assist in the delivery of the health and wellness programs with a work health model that is holistic and encompasses the four main focus areas;
- Healthier Bodies – Support across managing lifestyles and risk behaviours, medical conditions and health management
- Healthier Minds – Support across stress management, personal resilience and healthy behaviours
- Healthier Culture – Support in creating healthy leadership, providing health benefits and social support
- Healthier Places – support by providing a safe and health enabling working environment
HEALTHY & WELLBEING CALENDAR
A 2018 calendar of events has been developed by the University. These will be implemented in a way that supports staff health, wellbeing and safety.
|February||Sun Smart||Skin checks & Sun Safety pack|
|March||Resilience & Restart Your Heart||
Radical Resilience Workshop
Ambulance Service CPR30 training
|April||Colds & Flu prevention||Flu Vaccination|
|May||Heart Health & Mental Health First Aid||
Sit Less Move More information seminar
Professional Development Unit will deliver 2 x courses
Red Apple Day
Importance of Cancer screening
|August||Mental health||Bupa - Open minds Information seminar x 2|
|September||Exercise & Fitness||Pedometer Challenge|
|October||Safe Work Week||
Promote SafeWork SA free seminar session
HSR morning tea
|November||Health Minds||Wellbeing at Work (workshop)|
|December||Joy of Giving||Donating to charity|
HEALTHY & WELLBEING INITIATIVES
Scheduled activities will be promoted in Flinders in Touch (FIT)
Activities will be offered in conjunction with external providers such as other health organisation and regulatory bodies i.e. SafeWork SA , Heart Foundation.
OTHER RESOURCES AND INITIATIVES:
Employee Assistance Program
An independent counselling service is available to University staff members in South Australia and the Northern Territory for issues relating to:
- Work related difficulties
- Marital or family problems
- Alcohol and drug related problems
- Financial and legal worries
- Interpersonal conflict
- Grief and trauma
- Sleeping difficulties
Individual staff members can refer themselves directly to one of the designated psychologists, for up to 3 sessions paid for by the University.
Follow the link https://www.flinders.edu.au/whs/wellbeing/eap.cfm
Professional Staff Development Unit (PDU)
PDU run a number of session throughout the year that cover a range a mental health topics including Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid & Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person. Enrolment and dates of training can be found on the Professional Development Unit web site PDU- career & interpersonal skills.
Sport And Fitness Facilities
Physical fitness is also important not only in the workplace but in general life too. Fitness isn't just about weight - it is also a measure of flexiblity, balance, strength, agility and stamina too. If you don't like running or walking, activities like Tai Chi and Yoga help build strength and improve flexibility and are great for raising your overall level of fitness.
Aim to do at least 30 mins of physical activity 3 to 5 times a week. If you don't normally exercise gradually build up you exercise over time.
There are many ways to keep active on campus:
- Join the on-campus Sport & Fitness centre
- Ride to work
- Go for a regular walk - the Bedford Park campus has extensive walking tracks and wonderful views, flora and fauna to enjoy while you are walking. Why not walk around the lake at lunchtime, or through the pine forest? Remember to wear a hat and sunscreen, and take some water, in warm weather. See the campus map for walking tracks
- Take the stairs instead of the lift.
Explore members at Flinders University sports centre located at Bedford Park, staffed by fully qualified trainers. Cost for sessions start as low as $5 per. Wellness programs are provided and are either free or cheap. Activities include Zumba, Yoga & Boot Camp.
Various other fitness sessions are available at very affordable prices see link below for details: http://www.onesportandfitness.com.au/
Employee Health Plan
Flinders University employees can become a member of the BUPA/Flinders University Employee Health Plan and receive a range of benefits including discounts on their health insurance.
The Flinders University Employee Health Plan provides a range of benefits including:
- Access to the BUPA Living Well Program. Living Well provides practical support by covering some of the costs for health related initiatives, first aid courses, nicotine replacement therapy, weight management programs, kids swimming lessons, gym membership fees, Yoga and Pilates courses.
- Access to Life Skills – provides access to the following online modules - Stress and resilience, work-life balance - positive parenting.
For more details see http://www.flinders.edu.au/hr/employee-health-plan-.cfm
For further information please refer to the fact sheets below:
- Maintaining work life balance (PDF 1MB)
- Stress less by working on your wellbeing (PDF 1MB)
- Reduce and manage stress for better emotional wellbeing (PDF 1MB)
Health and wellbeing are important parts of work health and safety. Keeping your mind and body healthy reduces the likelihood of stress related injury and illness.
Ergonomics and physical comfort - Making sure your workstation is set up correctly reduces your risk of workplace injury
Managing your time - Learning to manage your time effectivly can reduce stress and reduces risk of stress related injury and illness.
Career development - Having career goals as well as making sure you have interesting and challenging work to do in your current role can help improve mental health.
Links to external organisations
Mental healthTeen Health (Top End Association for Mental Health)