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A healthier place to learn

Supporting and promoting a healthy campus

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

We work towards the University being a health promoting university. A health promoting university is one that embeds health in the everyday business of a university through its education, research, community engagement and organisational culture.

Our vision

We believe a healthy university supports healthy people, builds healthy places, develops healthy policies and implements healthy practices to support our students, staff and the broader community. 

We aim to develop projects and initiatives in collaboration with students and staff across all levels of the organisation, informed by our five guiding principles and the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.  

Our people

Healthy Sydney University is based in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub and chaired by Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. The Chair is supported by a Senior Project Officer and an executive group of academic and professional leaders from across the university.

Healthy Sydney University also has three working groups of students and staff who pursue initiatives and strategies relating to the areas of interest for a health promoting university: mental health and wellbeing (including alcohol and tobacco); physical activity, movement and active travel; and nutrition and healthy food environments.

Our working groups

Mental wellbeing

Move more, sit less

Move More, Sit Less logo of a pair of footprints


Associate Professor Martin Mackey
Dr Josephine Chau

Eat better

Upcoming working group meetings in 2017

  • Eat Better – 11 September; 9 October; 20 November (1pm – 2pm, Level 4 meeting room, Charles Perkins Centre)
  • Mental Wellbeing - 28 September; 26 October; 16 November (12 – 1pm, Level 2 meeting room, Charles Perkins Centre)
  • Move More Sit Less – 7 September; 5 October; 2 November (11am – 12pm, Level 2 meeting room, Charles Perkins Centre).

Resources for a healthy university