Staff Wellbeing Month is back… but this time it’s different!


It’s one of the highlights of the working year at Macquarie – when we take some time out to prioritise our personal health and wellbeing, joining with colleagues across the whole campus for the University’s annual Staff Wellbeing Month.

In a year where COVID-19 has forced us to change our ways of working and living, the 2020 Wellbeing Month will embrace a blended format of on-campus and online seminars, events and activities – making this year’s Wellbeing Month our most accessible one yet – and one where we can listen and learn from our Macquarie colleagues.

You’ll be able to join online lunchtime webinars at home or at your desk via Zoom or watch the recordings later on demand. You’ll be able to join yogalates sessions and group staff fitness classes in person or follow them live online and workout from home. And there’ll still be a wide range of events to attend face to face on campus, with physical distancing rules in place.

“Spending months under lockdown earlier in the year meant many of us had fewer opportunities for social interaction and were deprived of our favourite ways to exercise, so Wellbeing Month is an opportune time for us all to take stock of our wellbeing and reflect on how it’s been impacted by COVID-19,” says Nick Crowley, Director, Human Resources.

“With an even greater emphasis on accessibility this year, I hope all our staff will take some time to join in at least one of the seminars, events and activities Wellbeing Month has to offer, and spend some time focusing on their own personal health and wellbeing.”

We’ve listed some of Wellbeing Month’s highlights below – the full schedule can be found on the Staff Wellbeing Month website. With popular events always booking out quickly, make sure you register early.

  • Group Fitness Classes (1-30 September)
    Whether it’s BodyAttack, Pilates, BodyPump, Zumba, CXWorx, BodyBalance, Abs360, BodyStep, Groove & Tone, or Yoga, there’s a class to suit all tastes and abilities.
  • Lunchtime Walks (1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 September)
    Pop your runners on and join the UniMoves team for a 20 to 30-minute walk around our stunning campus.
  • Nature Walk (15 September)
    Learn while you exercise on this walking tour, which gives you an overview of our Teaching Gardens. Find out how plants are used for science, education, medicine, and food.
  • Indoor Plants Workshop (3 September)
    Did you know indoor plants are a natural healer and are good for your mental health? Learn about the benefits of indoor plants, how to eradicate pests and diseases organically, and more. You’ll even leave with your own FREE indoor pot plant to boot!
  • Art Classes: Just Start ART! (29 September)
    Creative expression is fantastic for wellbeing, but sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to start. This workshop is a great place to try new mediums, experiment with different approaches and rediscover your interests.
  • Bush Care (8 September)
    Join us for an hour of weeding to contribute to natural bush regeneration. Experience how gardening and outdoor activities can contribute to preventative and sustained wellbeing, while helping us to improve our campus.
  • RUOK? Day – Everyday activities that improve emotional health (10 September)
    In this webinar, Professor Nick Titov will provide insights into the things we can all do, each week, to increase our emotional resilience.
  • LGBTIQ+ wellbeing in the workplace – Out at work (15 September)
    This webinar will focus on what it means to be ‘out’ at work, and what organisations can do to make everyone feel included, to stay safe, feel welcome and contribute their best at work.
  • An athlete’s perspective on managing mental health and wellbeing (17 September)
    In this webinar, National Premier League NSW Women’s Football Player, Deborah-Anne de la Harpe, address the importance of self-care and managing wellbeing to assist in reaching personal goals.
  • Free Hearing Checks (1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 September)
    Get your 15-minute hearing check at the Australian Hearing Hub, along with tips on how to protect your hearing.
  • Free 10 or 15-minute Massages (2 & 18 September)
    Medibank and final year chiropractic students are offering massages. Spots fill up quickly, so book today!
  • Weight Management – Improving your health and keeping weight off (September 9)
    This webinar will cover the key lifestyle and medical approaches to weight management including physical activity, exercise and nutrition/eating habits, together with a review of current medical therapy.
  • Join the UniMoves Team Challenge (1-30 September)
    The Wellbeing Month staff challenge will see Faculties and Offices go head to head to see who is the most active. The Staff Wellbeing Month website has all the details, so talk to your colleagues and register today.

For face-to-face events, we have the following important COVIDsafe information:
– Physical distancing will be practised
– Hand sanitiser will be available
– Events may be cancelled at short notice should advice from NSW Health change

For the full program and to register for events, take a look at the Staff Wellbeing Month website.





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