Healthy Sydney University

Healthy people

Healthy places

Healthy policies

Healthy Sydney University aims to create a university that supports health and wellbeing for all.

Since 2012, the University of Sydney has been engaged in a whole of population approach to improve the health and wellbeing of staff, students and visitors.

Healthy Sydney University brings students and staff together from across the university to generate innovative and evidence-informed approaches to promoting healthy people, healthy places and healthy policies.

Our strategies are informed by the best available evidence and are rigorously evaluated to ensure we generate new evidence around healthy learning and working environments.

By focusing initiatives across three key areas - healthy people, healthy places, and healthy policies and practices - Healthy Sydney University takes a comprehensive and integrated approach to supporting our staff and students to be healthy and well.

The Chair of Healthy Sydney University is Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn.

How can I be involved?

  1. Join a Healthy Sydney University working group
  2. Contact us if you have an idea for a healthy initiative we could support or if you would like to receive our monthly newsletter
  3. Talk with your colleagues and students about possible initiatives or projects that could be run in your faculty, school, department or organisation
  4. Read our 2013-2014 Yearbook for inspiration and ideas!

Planned Projects and Initiatives for 2015

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Supporting Healthy People

Building Healthy Places

Creating Healthy Policies & Practices

Online wellbeing resource for students,

led by the Brain and Mind Research

Institute and the Young and Well

Cooperative Research Centre

Fresh fruit and vegetable barrels

on campus and healthier vending

machines – ongoing collaboration

with the USU

Healthy University Catering Policy

Oral health promotion student

campaign, led by students from

the Faculty of Dentistry

Trial bicycle loan scheme, led by CIS

Campus food choices and nutrition

education survey of staff and students

University Cycling Challenge

Mental health promotion campaigns

with on campus health and

counselling services and external

mental health organisations such

as ReachOut, Batyr and R U OK?

Mental health awareness and first aid

training for academic supervisors – with

the Institute for Teaching and Learning

Standing breaks in meetings for senior

University management

Cycling Promotion Days with

CIS, City of Sydney Council and

NSW Health

Engagement with the development of

high level University strategy, such as the

review of Graduate Attributes and the

2016-2020 Strategic Planning Process

Trial of standing desks for students in

lectures, led by the Faculty of Health

Sciences and CIS

Including health and wellbeing in

the proposed CIS building design

standards policy

Creating a Healthy Universities

Network of Australia and New Zealand

Resource kits for on campus

physical activity


Building, promoting and evaluating

an Active and Sustainable Travel Plan

for the University

Mindfulness workshops and training

for University staff and students, led

by Safety, Health and Wellbeing



Healthy Eating on a Budget: online

nutrition module by the Boden Institute

of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating




Projects and Initiatives in 2013-2014

  • 'Fat Chance': nutrition and obesity in Australia - film screening and panel discussion Monday 17 November 2014 4.30-6pm Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, hosted by Healthy Sydney University and the Charles Perkins Centre.
  • Systematic Review of Literature - To review the international literature evaluating university-wide approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of university students and/or staff. Led by Assoc Prof Ana Fernandez (Faculty of Health Sciences) and members of the Mental Wellbeing group.
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction trial for University staff with Safety, Health & Wellbeing and Brain and Mind Research Institute
  • Food Environment Intervention - Student Collaboration with Cumberland Student Guild
  • Graduate Attributes Project - you can read our concept paper here
  • "Are our assessments making us unhealthy?" presentation to the Sydney Teaching Colloquium 30 September 2014
  • "Walking the talk: the university as a healthy setting" presentation at the Emerging Health Policy Research Conference 2 October, hosted by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy