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A healthier place to learn

Supporting and promoting a healthier university for all
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Healthy Sydney University is a university-wide initiative that brings together students and staff to promote the health and wellbeing of our community.

Healthy Sydney University provides small amounts of seed funding for projects that support healthy people, build healthy places, develop healthy policies and implement healthy practices.

Students and staff can get involved by joining and participating in one of our working groups, applying for seed funding, or signing up for our monthly newsletter. Colleagues at other educational institutions can be involved with Healthy Sydney University through the Australian Health Promoting Universities Network.

Healthy Sydney University is based in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub, and chaired by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn from the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Current programs and initiatives


Eat better

Eat better logo of an orange

Co-chairs: Professor Stephen Colagiuri and Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli.

We want to support students and staff in making informed and healthy food choices on campus. Our 'Eat better' working group is committed to achieving this goal by collaborating with food providers on and off campus to create a healthier food environment.

In 2016 we will:

  • roll out nutritional labelling in University of Sydney food outlets, an extension of a previous project at Manning Grill
  • implement our healthy catering guidelines for University events
  • develop and test an online nutrition module to educate students about healthy eating and nutrition
  • ask University of Sydney students and staff about their attitudes regarding the sale and promotion of sugary drinks on campus.

Mental wellbeing

Mental wellbeing logo of a brain

Co-chairs: Dr Marie Leech and Ms Julia Cohen.

Our ‘Mental wellbeing’ working group focuses on how we can support the mental health of our students and staff. We are interested in promoting resilient mental health behaviours and exploring new ways to support the mental wellbeing of our community.

In 2016, we will work to:

Previous activities have included a mindfulness-based stress-reduction pilot program with Safety, Health & Wellbeing and the Brain and Mind Centre.

Move more, sit less

Move More, Sit Less logo of a pair of footprints

Co-chairs: Associate Professor Martin Mackey and Professor Tim Gill.

Our 'Move more, sit less’ working group looks for creative and practical solutions to get our community moving more and sitting less. We believe physical activity should be an enjoyable and everyday part of our lives.

In 2016, we will work to:

  • trial new ways to promote stair use in buildings
  • reduce the sitting time of staff and students, by encouraging standing breaks, walking meetings and adjustable stand-sit desks
  • promote active travel to and from our campuse, for example through the support of cycling initiatives Sydney Rides Business Challenge and Ride 2 Uni Day
  • encourage staff and students to 'Meet and Move' by taking part in a 'walking bus' trial between Camperdown-Darlington campus and Redfern station.

Past projects have included an evaluation of a cycling challenge and trial bike loan scheme.

Get involved

Join and participate in a working group.
Email us
Apply for seed funding.
Learn more
Sign up for our monthly newsletter
Email us


Since 2012, Healthy Sydney University has:

A blueprint for student mental wellbeing

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Healthy Sydney University - Strategic Plan 2016-2020

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2015 Symposium booklet

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Contact Healthy Sydney University

+61 2 9036 7891

Level 6, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney