Working groups

Healthy Sydney University has four working groups, chaired by health champions and leading researchers in the University community. Our working groups focus on projects that can improve our physical and mental health and wellbeing as a community.

Please contact us if you would like to attend a working group meeting.

Eat better

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We want to help build an environment where staff, students and visitors have a range of food choices and are supported to make informed decisions about what they eat.

The 'Eat better' group has staff and students who are involved in creating healthy food environments on campus and researching how we can make our university a role model for other institutions and workplaces.

This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

Co-chairs: Professor Stephen Colagiuri and Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli
Meeting time: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Meeting dates, Semester 1 2015: 17 February; 17 March; 21 April; 19 May; 16 June; 21 July.
Meeting dates, Semester 2 2015: 18 August; 15 September; 20 October; 17 November; 15 December.
Location: Meeting Room 20.04, Level 2 Charles Perkins Centre D17 Camperdown campus.

Move more, sit less

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Our ‘Move more, sit less’ working group looks for creative and practical solutions to get our community moving more and sitting less.

Our staff and students work on projects to reduce the time spent slouched in chairs at our computers, use the stairs rather than the lift, and enjoy a standing break in lectures and meetings.

We believe physical activity shouldn’t be a chore but an everyday and enjoyable part of our lives.

This group meets on the first Thursday of every month.

Co-chairs: Professor Adrian Bauman and Professor Tim Gill
Meeting time: 9.30am-10.30am
Meeting dates, Semester 1 2015: 5 February; 5 March; 2 April; 7 May; 4 June; 2 July.
Meeting dates, Semester 2 2015: 6 August; 3 September; 1 October; 5 November; 3 December.
Location: Meeting Room 20.04, Level 2 Charles Perkins Centre D17 Camperdown campus.

Mental wellbeing

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A university is a place ripe with benefits, opportunities and advantages, but it can also be a trigger for increased stress and pressure on the mental wellbeing of our students and staff.

The Mental Wellbeing group work to build an environment that promotes and supports the mental health and wellbeing of everyone. We are interested in promoting resilient mental health behaviours and exploring new ways through which to support the mental wellbeing of our community.

This group meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

Chair: Dr Marie Leech
Meeting time: 2.00pm-3.30pm
Meeting dates, Semester 1 2015: 11 February; 11 March; 8 April; 13 May; 10 June.
Meeting dates, Semester 2 2015: 12 August; 9 September; 14 October; 11 November; 9 December.
Location: Meeting Room 20.04, Level 2 Charles Perkins Centre D17 Camperdown campus.

Embedding

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Healthy Sydney University also works to embed health and wellbeing into the policies and practices of our community, from graduate attributes to design standards for buildings. We want to ensure our changes are sustainable in the long term.

Co-Chairs: Professor Ian Caterson and Ms Julia Cohen
Meeting dates: Contact .