Your health and wellbeing at work

The information on these pages are designed to support a safe and healthy workplace for staff, students, contractors, affiliates, volunteers and visitors. Everyone who works here has an important role to play, and the University is committed to promoting better health for all.

Research is increasingly finding that sedentary workers face health risks from limited movement and long periods of sitting. Prolonged sitting poses significant risks to the health of workers and thus to the organisations they work for, even for workers who are physically active. Sedentary behaviours are a known risk factor for cancer, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and early death, even if exercise is performed regularly.

To help minimise the risks, University staff members are advised to consider incorporating the following activities into their working day.

Posture - banish slumpy sitting

  • Ensure your workstation is set up correctly.
  • Schedule time to do special stretches (PDF 788KB) to relieve your muscles after periods of sitting.
  • If you’re concerned about postural strength, exercise can help improve posture and create a stronger, more stable body.

Move more, sit less

  • Use programs such as Workrave, mindfulness bell or MacBreakZ to prompt you to take regular breaks.
  • Arrange walking meetings with colleagues to get you up and out of the office without losing productivity.
  • Buy a pedometer and track your physical activity. Work up to ten thousand steps a day by building more walking time into your day eg getting off the bus a few stops earlier, walking up the stairs.
  • Use your lunch break to get out and about around our campuses.

Manage your stress