Healthy University Initiative

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Healthy University Initiative

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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 1200 staff and 17,500 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 Okanagan Charter

  • Support personal development
  • Create supportive campus environments
  • Equitable access to campus health services
  • Strengthen community action
  • Health promotion research, teaching and training
  • Integrate health, wellbeing and sustainability
  • Healthy campus policies
  • Partnerships for health promotion

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
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
  • Orientation and Guild Market Day information stalls: QAHC, Relationships Australia, Cancer Council, Family Planning, Headspace
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