Healthy University Initiative

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Healthy University Initiative



The University of the Sunshine Coast is committed to operating under the World Health Organisation Health Promoting Universities framework, which is based on the principles of the Ottawa Charter for health promotion.

In its role as employer and educator for some 1200 staff and 10,000 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 of the university. We do this by combining existing strategies for the health and wellbeing of the university community and by offering opportunities to University staff and students to collaborate, coordinate, and participate in healthy activities and projects.

Principles of the Ottawa Charter

  • Build healthy public policy
  • Create supportive environments
  • Strengthen community action
  • Develop personal skills
  • Reorientate health services

Current activities

Personal skills

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Community actions
  • Referral officers for North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health
  • GP partnership for services delivery
  • Activities provided on campus: Latin dancing, yoga, meditation, Zumba, martial arts
  • Welcome Week: QAHC, Relationships Australia, Cancer Council, Family Planning, Division of General Practice, SC Youth Partnership (DrinkSmart)
  • World Environment Day
  • Knowledge sharing through research and community service
Supportive environments
Health policy

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