The University offers a range of events, resources and information for improving your wellbeing. To keep up-to-date on what's new, subscribe to the Wellbeing@Adelaide newsletter.
Current wellbeing events and initiatives are listed below. Have an idea or some feedback for the wellbeing team? Send us an email!
Mood and Weight – Is there a link?
Mastering stress workshop webinar
Understanding the early warning signs and symptoms of negative stress and burnout and learning practical tips based on new research, can help us to master stress.
This workshop defines the concept of stress and discusses ways for you to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress. It will challenge participants to think about stress differently and to build on your personal resources and self-care strategies to enhance your resilience.
- Presented by Dr. Helen Smith - Human Psychology
- Thursday 24th June, 12:30pm
Wellbeing health check
Have you had your Wellbeing Health Check?
The University Health Practice (Unicare) in collaboration with University of Adelaide have made available Wellbeing Health Checks for all continuing, fixed-term and casual staff members.
The best way to stay healthy is to understand and care for your own health, understand your own risk factors and family history. Regular health checks are an important tool to continue to remain healthy and address issues as they arise. Making an appointment with Unicare for an annual health check is a good place to start. This health check is for staff of the University and will be bulk-billed with your valid Medicare card.
What is involved in a wellbeing health check?
- 30-40 minutes with the nurse and GP.
- Diabetes risk assessment
- Blood Pressure, Weight, BMI
- Medical history
- Blood tests if required
Self care at work: the benefits and complexities
This seminar will teach you strategies to ensure that you more than just survive at work but you thrive at work. This session was led by Dr Maura Kenny is a Consultant Psychiatrist and a long-term meditator within the Insight Meditation tradition. She is the Coordinator of the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programs at the Centre for the Treatment of Anxiety & Depression in SA Health.
During this presentation Dr Maura Kenny spoke about key elements such as:
- minimising mental health harm,
- building organisational resilience through good management,
- enhancing personal wellbeing, promoting early help-seeking
- supporting recovery to return to work.
She discussed evidence-based strategies and approaches that can enhance the last three areas, led some brief mindfulness practices that can be used in the workplace, and touched on some of the controversies and obstacles.
Coping with change seminar
This session is designed to enable participants to better understand change and how to move through each phase of change with a positive mindset. Participants will leave this session with practical tools and strategies to help cope with ongoing change within work and personal life situations such as COVID-19 and organisational structure changes.
- The Phases of Change:
- The thoughts, emotions and behaviours that you may feel in each phase.
- “Keeping things in perspective” – Tools and tips to help individuals cope with change.
- Where/how to reach out and seek additional support.
- The Phases of Change:
Life skills module - Building emotional intelligence
Our emotional intelligence is a valuable skill that can generate positive, constructive outcomes, personally and professionally. When applied effectively, it can help get us through some difficult situations and overcome communication barriers. This module looks at what it means to be emotionally intelligent and outlines five key components that are known to be present when emotional intelligence is applied. Some tips and strategies are provided to help develop and enhance these five areas.
Two modules are available, one for managers and another for continuing, fixed-term and casual staff. These modules are available now.
Select the link relevant to you:
Men's health seminar
When you understand the risk factors for some key health issues facing men you can manage your health better. Knowing what to look out for helps you make positive changes, seek help when you need it and help you to stay healthy for as long as possible.
This seminar from Bupa is free to all fixed-term, continuing and casual staff. It covers a range of health issues and common risk factors affecting men, including heart health, diabetes, mental health, common cancers in men, osteoporosis and sexual health.
Key learning outcomes
Participants can expect to gain from this session an ability to:
- Understand key health issues facing men in Australia
- Understand health checks and screening tests to help stay on track to good health
- Identify tips on healthy lifestyle habits to help reduce the risk of developing preventable health conditions
- Engaging presentation style format with group discussions and opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session
- Interactive testicle check demonstration using a tactile tool with lumps and nodules
- Participants will receive a take home tip sheet outlining key health issues for men
Delivered by expert nurses, experienced in delivering health education to a wide variety of professionals.
The 60 minute seminar was held on Monday 30 November.
Life skills online module - Finding common ground
Tips for handling conflict at work.
Where two or more personalities come together in a demanding environment, there is the potential for conflict situations to arise. Allowing conflict to persist in a workplace can pose a risk to wellbeing, performance and team culture. This module explores the causes and impacts of conflict at work, and provides guidance on how to avoid conflict where appropriate. It guides participants through some healthy communication styles and provides tips and insights to help ensure people can work through problems without harming working relationships.
Two modules are available, one for managers and another for continuing, fixed-term and casual staff. These modules are available from 2 November, 2020.
Select the link relevant to you:
Fatigue management webinar
The session aims to provide continuing, fixed and casual staff of the University with not only the knowledge on the effects of fatigue but also on how to reduce their levels of fatigue and giving them more energy every day. Participants will be offered practical tips around the best foods to choose and avoid for greater energy, the use of caffeine, effects of alcohol and tips on sleep and recovery. Simple lifestyle changes will be discussed to stop you feeling flat and get you feeling great.
5 ways to wellbeing challenge
Did you know that October is Mental Health month? I will admit I did miss it myself.
To acknowledge Mental Health Month, all continuing, fixed-term and casual staff are able to access a free five week challenge to improve their wellbeing and resilience.
The challenge, 5 Ways to Wellbeing, will commence on Monday 12 October. The weekly email will include challenges, but don't worry, these will not be strenuous or difficult. It involves activities to build five small steps into your life to improve your wellbeing and resilience. They take as little time as 10 minutes per day to do.
Each week you will receive an email with a selection of activities to do which will address the below five key areas:
- Being active
- Taking notice and being curious
- Continue learning
If you can find 10 minutes per day to commit to making either a small change or trying something new then please send through an email to the Wellbeing@Adelaide email address with "joining the 5 week challenge" in the subject line to stay in the loop. Why not give it a go? You have nothing to lose and lots to gain.
Thank you for being part of the Wellbeing@Adelaide community! Looking forward to doing the challenge with you.
Managing your financial wellbeing
Building financial wellbeing assists us to control our finances, to feel secure now and to plan for the future.
As we continue to face challenges in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, UniSuper will deliver two webcasts for continuing, fixed-term and casual staff of the University focusing on your financial wellbeing and provide tools to help you plan for the future. Topics will include managing debt, investment basics and protecting your financial wellbeing. The 60 minute interactive webcast will be interactive and allows you to submit questions during the presentation.
Evidence-based nutrition in healthcare
One simple intervention offers hope not only to prevent and treat chronic diseases, but to improve planetary health and avoid unprecedented health crises such as those we have faced in 2019 and 2020.
The Food Vitals series will begin with a deep dive into the evidence for whole food plant-based nutrition and the powerful ally it represents to clinicians and patients in the fight against lifestyle-related disease.
Expert panelists will explore exciting research on how to prevent and treat diabetes, improve insulin resistance and halt the globe’s number one killer, cardiovascular disease. They will share their personal and professional experience with evidence-based nutrition and answer your questions with a live Q&A.
Bupa online health assessment
How healthy are you?
Complete an online health assessment to see a snapshot of your current health status. Find out your ‘real’ health age, suggestions for managing some of your health risks and receive an immediate, personalised report. It's available for all continuing, fixed-term and casual staff and only takes 15 minutes to complete and your results will remain completely anonymous.
Building resilience training for managers
This two hour webinar explored a range of practical ideas and techniques to help managers build resilience and deal with stressors for themselves and how to build team resilience with their staff.
A recording of this webinar can be viewed on YouTube.
Building resilience training for staff
This 60 minute webinar explored a range of practical ideas and techniques to help build resilience and deal with stressors in a positive and healthy manner.
A recording of this webinar can be viewed on YouTube.
Bupa online health assessment
Complete an online health assessment to see a snapshot of your current health status. Register and log in to take the assessment.
Eating well is the foundation to our health. People are often confused about what they should eat to remain healthy. Below are some links to recipes that are not only delicious but good for us too.
- Raw carrot cake with macadamias and lemon myrtle
- Sticky toffee pudding
- Roasted pumpkin soup
- Fig custard tart with a chocolate drizzle
- Banana nicecream
- Vietnamese salad
- Baked Christmas pudding
- Mini raw Christmas pudding
- Tofu Poke Bowl
- Fluffy lemon blueberry pancakes
- Corn, avocado and chickpea salad
- Crispy buffalo cauliflower bites
- Mediterranean Slice
- Banana Cake with blueberry, cashew and lemon ‘cream cheese’ frosting
Get Healthy by SA Health
Get Healthy is a free telephone advice service to assist employees with lifestyle changes and health.
You might be interested to know about the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® which is a free service offered by SA Health to support people to make healthy lifestyle change.
Get Healthy is a telephone coaching service to help South Australian adults make changes to improve diet, be more active, manage weight and enhance overall well-being. Enjoying a healthy lifestyle decreases the risk of developing serious long-term illness such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease and also increases the opportunities for people to be active participants in their community.
Get Healthy is available to all adults across South Australia from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Interested people can register by calling 1300 806 258 or on-line at www.gethealthy.sa.gov.au. All participants can receive up to 10 telephone sessions with their personal qualified health coach.
More information about the service is available at www.gethealthy.sa.gov.au
Keep healthy phone apps
Do you want to quit smoking? Quit Now! is a community of over two million people who have managed to quit smoking thanks to their will, and by receiving and giving help using the chat function.
Aims to motivate Australians to add extra vegetables to their daily diets and form long-term, healthier habits through a 21-day 'Do 3 at Dinner' challenge.
Forks Over Knives - Recipes
This must-have recipe app (Apple/Android) comes from the makers of the critically acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives, which details the health benefits of a plant-based diet, including reduced risk and even reversal of many chronic diseases.
The #1 free meditation app with thousands of free meditations. Join millions learning to meditate on Insight Timer to help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, sleep deeply and improve happiness.
Map My Fitness
Track and map every workout (walking, running, cycling and hiking). Whether you’re a beginner doing your first workout or a pro, you’ll find the features and tools you need to stay on track and motivated along the way.
Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is a free app that was designed for inexperienced runners who are just beginning an exercise routine. C25K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking, gradually building up strength and stamina to fully running 5K.
UniSuper Financial Wellbeing Program 2019
It’s time to focus on your financial wellbeing.
UniSuper's free four-part Financial Wellbeing program aims to help you gain control of your financial situation and make informed financial decisions now and in the future. The seminar-based program, which covers much more than super, will give you access to tools and techniques you can use every day.
Topics, dates and times:
The topics and content summary are outlined below. To provide you with flexibility 2 optional dates are offered for each topic. It is your choice as to whether you attend one, two, three or all four parts of the program. All sessions are held on North Terrace Campus and are 1hr duration (12:00 – 1:00 pm).
Sessions Topics Option 1 Option 2 Part 1
Saving in a world of spending
Where you’ll learn about budgeting techniques, how to set and remain committed to your financial goals and how to be flexible in the face of changing circumstances.
12/6 20/6 Part 2
Creating wealth – Investing inside and outside of super
How do you match your investment decisions to your financial goals? In this seminar, we shine light on what to consider when setting an investment time horizon and determining your appetite for risk. We'll also cover the core investment concepts to help you to make informed decisions.
26/6 4/7 Part 3
Protecting Wealth – Insurance and Estate Planning
A crystal-clear insurance and estate plan can provide peace of mind and should financially protect you and your loved ones in case the unexpected happens. The third seminar of UniSuper’s four-part Financial Wellbeing series will cover the different kinds of insurance available and issues to consider when planning your estate. Whether you’re single, have a young family or are on the cusp of retirement, this seminar is relevant to all ages.
Specialist Estate Planner, Adeline Lim, from Australian Executor Trustees (AET) will also be available on the day.
10/7 18/7 Part 4
Take control for the retirement you want
To make the most of superannuation, you need to choose the right product, determine your contribution and investment strategy, set up insurance and nominate beneficiaries. But where do you start? Where can you get help? These questions are the focus of UniSuper’s fourth and final Financial Wellbeing seminar.
External links & resources
Wellbeing@Adelaide - May 2021
The most recent Wellbeing @ Adelaide newsletter features some exciting new initiatives and events to build your wellbeing.
This month's theme is all about reflecting on what gives our life meaning.Read more about Action calendar - meaninful May 2021
08 Apr The 6 half-day SPIRIT Leadership Series provides learning for leaders to think in new ways, change behaviour and improve wellbeing, engagement, performance and productivity as human metrics in their teams and organisations. 08 Apr Keeping active is a great way to boost our mental wellbeing. 25 Mar The University of Adelaide Flu Vaccination Program 2021 is available at no cost to continuing, fixed-term and casual staff. 22 Feb We are pleased to advise UniSuper have teamed up with SuperFriend to present a three part webcast series. 15 Feb Heart disease is Australia’s leading single cause of death, with 18,590 deaths attributed to heart disease in Australia in 2017. 01 Feb We need each other more than ever right now! 19 Jan Held each year in February to educate Australians on ovarian cancer, and raise awareness by sharing the stories of real women affected by the disease. 11 Jan How can we start this new year happier? 23 Oct Tips for handling conflict at work. 23 Oct A free webinar on managing fatigue
The first session will be held on Wednesday March 10th at 12:00pm(AEDT).
The 6 half-day SPIRIT Leadership Series provides learning for leaders to think in new ways, change behaviour and improve wellbeing, engagement, performance and productivity as human metrics in their teams and organisations.
Keeping active is a great way to boost our mental wellbeing.
The University of Adelaide Flu Vaccination Program 2021 is available at no cost to continuing, fixed-term and casual staff.
We are pleased to advise UniSuper have teamed up with SuperFriend to present a three part webcast series.
Heart disease is Australia’s leading single cause of death, with 18,590 deaths attributed to heart disease in Australia in 2017.
We need each other more than ever right now!
Held each year in February to educate Australians on ovarian cancer, and raise awareness by sharing the stories of real women affected by the disease.
How can we start this new year happier?
Tips for handling conflict at work.
A free webinar on managing fatigue
Please contact the Central HSW Workplace Wellbeing Specialist