Healthy University Initiative - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Healthy University Initiative

Framework

The University of the Sunshine Coast is committed to operating under the World Health Organisation Health Promoting Universities framework and is guided by the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges.

In its role as employer and educator for some 1,200 staff and 18,000 students, USC acknowledges its contribution to helping to promote health and wellbeing to this large and diverse community.

USC is further committed to creating healthy working and learning environments for staff and students. We have a range of health and wellbeing initiatives aligned to the Okanagan Charter action areas and offer opportunities for USC staff and students to collaborate, coordinate, and participate in healthy activities and projects.

Okanagan Charter Action Areas

Current activities

Support personal development
Create supportive campus environments

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Equitable access to campus health services

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Strengthen community action
  • Support for student groups, e.g. Student Guild, Active Minds, With Respect, Amnesty International
  • Awareness-raising events and activities: e.g. University Mental Health Day, R U OK? Day
  • Health and wellbeing campaigns: e.g. Respect. Now. Always; Consent Matters
Health promotion research, teaching and training

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Integrate health, wellbeing and sustainability

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Healthy campus policies

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Partnerships for health promotion
  • Referral officers for North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health
  • GP partnership for services delivery 
  • Activities provided on campus: e.g. yoga, meditation, social sport
  • Guild Market Day health promotion stalls: Headspace, QAHC, Relationships Australia, Cancer Council, Family Planning 

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