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​​​​​​​​The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease”. We are committed to this approach to health and we aim to integrate health and wellbeing into the culture, structures and processes of the University.

We work within an ecological model of health, acknowledging the relationship between health behaviours and the environments in which those behaviours exist. Health is influenced by the physical and the social environments in which people live, work and play.

Through our Health Safety and Wellbeing initiatives we aim to create a healthy, safe and supportive working environment that promotes, supports and improves the health and wellbeing of staff, students and the wider community.

Staff can access the full range of health safety and wellbeing initiatives via the MyUSC intranet.

Our strategies focus on:

Fitness Passport

Fitness Passport is a Wellbeing@USC initiative, providing USC staff and their immediate family members with access to 20 pools, gyms and fitness centres across the Sunshine Coast, for one low membership.

Staff charity swimming carnival

Make Waves in 2015! Wellbeing@USC held the third annual staff charity swimming carnival on Friday 27 November 2015, and again we raised funds and donations for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

Walking maps

Looking for a walking track around campus? We have mapped 10 walks, ranging from 900m to 2.5km.

USC Sport

USC Sport provides first-class facilities, programs and services for University students, staff, graduates and sporting groups in the Sunshine Coast community.​

Desk stretches

Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer can cause muscle tension and pain, and research shows that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Simple stretches done during a short break, may help reduce tension and pain and make your whole body feel better.

Theraband posture exercises

Poor posture can be caused by daily activities such as computer-based work, driving, prolonged sitting or standing, etc. You can improve your posture by performing exercises designed to strengthen your posterior stabilizers (upper back muscles).

Employee Assistance Program

We want to help our staff improve their health and wellbeing and the quality of their working life. To that end we have engaged the services of Optum to provide an employee assistance program.

Mental health awareness workshop

All of us need to look after our mental health and wellbeing and be aware of the symptoms, issues and causes of poor mental health. This workshop aims to develop our awareness about mental health and wellbeing so that we are better able to look after ourselves and support others.

Preventing and responding to workplace bullying

USC has a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that staff are not subjected to behaviours or practices that may constitute workplace bullying.

Building resilience workshop

Resilience, which is an important component of health and wellbeing, has been described as the ability to cope with challenges, sustain equilibrium and perhaps bounce back even stronger. This workshop will help you build resilience so you can develop your capacity to be more optimistic, feel confident and self-reliant.

Work-life balance policies

One of the major difficulties in the workplace is the ability of staff to manage work-life balance. USC is committed to creating a supportive working environment for staff and have a range of guidelines, policies and procedures in place to ensure staff feel supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Staff photo competition

We held our first staff photo competition, "Capture your Wellbeing," in May 2015. Due to the popular response we will hold this competition annually.

Social sports

We run lunchtime Wellbeing@USC social sports competitions. So far, staff have battled it out at bocce, volleyball and netball. Stay tuned to hear about future social sports.

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