It’s a good time of year to take a health and wellbeing self-check
As we’re midway through autumn it’s timely to consider getting ourselves into our best health as the winter cold and flu season approaches, especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 year and transition to COVID-normal.
Here are some of the supports offered by the University to help staff look after their health:
- If you are in category 1A or 1B you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine now.
- The University Health Service is registered as a COVID-19 vaccine centre. Their website has detailed information about which vaccine will be available, proof of eligibility needed, how to make an appointment, and lots more questions answered.
- More here
- It’s still very important to get your annual flu shot!
- The 2021 schedule is currently being finalised with the program expected to begin mid-April. Eligibility criteria is available on the program website and dates and locations will be published soon.
- More here
** Remember: don’t attend for either vaccine if you are feeling unwell, have even minor symptoms or are isolating.
Good hand hygiene remains one of the very best ways to avoid catching a virus – not only COVID-19 and flu, but common colds as well. Keep washing regularly, and thoroughly. Hand washing guides are posted in all bathrooms across our campuses. There’s lots of sanitiser available as well.
Be pro-active with your health
It’s just as important to take positive, pro-active steps to look after your health as it is to dodge infections! Diet, sleep, exercise, and the mind-body connection all impact how well we feel.
The University’s EAP has some simple tips, suggestions and recipes that are worth checking out.
- Benestar article – Mind and body. You can’t have one without the other
- Benestar article – The Good Mood diet
- Benestar Green Smoothie recipe
- Busy Person’s Guide to Staying Healthy e-book
Links to services
Our virtual campus community page for staff and students; stay positive, stay connected, work from home successfully
University Health Service
A health practice for staff and their families
Employee Assistance Program
Confidential personal and professional development resources for all employees and their immediate family members, provided by the University’s EAP partner, Benestar
Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Free, confidential short-term counselling for staff
Your guide to all the above, plus health and safety, chaplaincy and safer communities activity at the University