Wellbeing

A healthy lifestyle is important to your health and wellbeing. The College of Business and Economics recognises this importance, and supports the efforts of staff to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing, and to maintain these changes.

There are many aspects of health and wellbeing including physical, emotional, social, financial and mental health. The College is committed to promoting positive health for its staff.

In addition to the resources below, and the annual program of events, staff members and immediate families are encouraged to access the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) who offer a choice of counselling and advisory service providers who can help you work through a range personal and work-related issues.

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as 'a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

Events

The CBE HR Team are excited to present the Staff Wellbeing Program for 2021. We have put together a list of important dates and events to help raise awareness and promote wellbeing within our workplace. Our program this year offers a range of new themed content that aligns with College Values and Behaviours Framework.

We suggest you select one or two each quarter and get creative with how you show your support for mental and physical health initiatives at work.

Watch this space for further details on the dates, times and registration process for each of our Wellbeing sessions.

Simple steps you can take to improve your wellbeing

Gail Frank, Adviser to staff at the ANU Counselling Centre, has released a short video on simple steps you can take to improve your wellbeing.

February

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Wear Red Week

Wear Red (part of Heart Research Month) 

During February (or REDFEB as we like to call it), we invite you to wear RED for someone close to your heart to help keep families together for longer. Whether it’s a family member, wife, husband, or that special friend who means the world to you, or in memory of someone you loved who sadly passed away due to heart disease.

For more details on RED FEB visit Heart Research Australia.


March

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day (8 March) 

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. The campaign theme for 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’. Collectively we can all get involved by supporting the #ChooseToChallenge campaign to create an inclusive and more gender-equal world.      

For more information about this year’s campaign please visit IWD.

 

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It’s time to recalibrate

It’s Time to Recalibrate (10 March) 

The last 12 months have presented more than their fair share of challenges.

UniSuper are pleased to invite you to a series of three informative webcasts – UniSuper’s mental health partner.

Registrations for all three one-hour sessions are open now. The first event is at 12pm, on Wednesday 10 March, 2021.

The other sessions will be held on Tuesday 13 July, 2021 and Wednesday 15 September, 2021.

Presented by UniSuper and SuperFriend, this series will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • ways to boost resilience
  • professional boundary setting
  • tips to avoid burnout
  • simple ways to improve concentration.

If you’re not able to make it to the live presentation, recordings of the sessions will be available.

Need help with your super?

UniSuper’s on-campus consultants are on hand to answer your questions across a range of topics including investment options, insurance and account management.

General advice is available in-person, online and over the phone, and appointments are included as part of your membership, so there’s never been a better time to book your appointment.

Professional help for your mental health

If you have concerns with your mental health we encourage you to seek professional support (at no cost) via the University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). ANU offers a number of resources and supports available to staff.

Resources:

·    ANU UniSuper membership

·    UniSuper website


April

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Flu vaccinations

Flu vaccinations

Under the ANU Wellbeing Program, the University is offering all CBE staff two opportunities to receive free Flu vaccinations.   

On campus: book an appointment at the National Health Co-Op (NHC) 

Level 2, Building 156, Joplin Lane (Kambri Precinct).

Appointments are available from Tuesday 6 April until Friday 30 April 2021.

Book now

 

Nurse practitioners will administer these appointments. 

To receive your vaccination, you must present your University staff ID card and provide your Medicare card, if applicable, at the time of your vaccination. 

For enquiries call the NHC on (02) 6178 0400 and select the option to speak with the ANU Clinic.

Off campus: book an appointment with Terry White Chemist 

Staff can be provided a voucher code, which can be used at three of Terry White Chemist’s Canberra locations – Ainslie, Garran and Higgins.

Appointments are available from Wednesday 31 March to Saturday 31 July 2021.

Follow the steps below to access your voucher and to book your appointment:

  • Login to HORUS.
  • Click the announcement titled ‘Access your Terry White FREE flu vaccination voucher’ and follow the prompt. 
  • Take note of the unique voucher code provided to you. 
  • Visit the Terry White Chemist website to select your location, appointment date and time. 
  • Enter the voucher code at the payment stage.
  • Present your University staff ID and Medicare card at the time of your vaccination.

 All CBE staff are strongly encouraged to take up this opportunity. Protecting ourselves from the flu helps keep our wider community safe and reduces the strain on our health services.

For more information, including guidance on how to manage the timing of your flu vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccination, visit the Department of Health website.


May

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self care

Practicing self-care 

For the month of May, as part of the CBE Health and Wellbeing Program, we encourage you to prioritise self-care; an often overlooked aspect of our lives that is essential to our daily health and functionality.

What is self-care?

It refers to practices that maintain and enhance one’s health and wellbeing. 

By incorporating self-care activities, like going for a walk or socialising with friends, into your regular routine you can rest, reset, and rejuvenate your body and mind, which in turn can help you drastically reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Consider self-care planning

Learn to identify activities that can help you manage stress levels, as well as improve your overall health and wellbeing on a long-term basis. This process is all a part of creating an efficient and sustainable self-care plan.

For guidance on setting up a self-care plan, visit the Black Dog Institute – Self-Care Plan.

Other helpful self-care resources

ANU Staff wellbeing
Headspace – self-care for family and friends 
Black Dog Institute


COVID-19 has presented unique challenges regarding how we look after those important to us. CBE’s Ben Mitchell, a father of eight, has advice for fellow parents and carers.

In this series of videos, Ben discusses managing work and caring responsibilities during this time, supporting teenagers, maintaining harmony at home, and the unexpected benefits of COVID-19.

Supporting Your Teenagers

Maintaining Harmony at Home

Unexpected Benefits