Supporting health and wellbeing in tertiary settings
Community and Public Health is involved in promoting health and wellbeing in tertiary education providers. Tertiary education providers such as universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology, and wānanga can positively influence the health and wellbeing on campus – for all staff and students. This influence covers their local communities and can extend to the global community.
Community and Public Health staff provide support, services and information to tertiary institutions including:
- Promoting membership to the Tertiary Wellbeing Aotearoa New Zealand (TWANZ) network.
- Co-organising a biannual South Island Tertiary Forum for staff and students. These events are an opportunity to discuss health and wellbeing issues and highlight current and future projects.
- Conducting the South Island Tertiary Health and Wellbeing Survey 2016. This survey involved 7 tertiary education providers.
- Coordinating a Healthy Food and Beverages Group to improve healthy food and beverages choices available at Canterbury tertiary institutions.
- Collaborating to reduce sexual assault on campus at Canterbury tertiary institutions.
- Supporting health and wellbeing initiatives by tertiary education providers.
- Helping run the Good One Party Register – a Canterbury-based online party register primarily targeted at tertiary students.
Using the Okanagan Charter Framework
Health promotion in tertiary or higher education is receiving greater attention recently. The Okanagan Charter was developed in 2015 and is an international charter for health promoting universities and colleges.
The Okanagan Charter has two calls to action:
- To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates, and
- To lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.
Higher education providers are placed to create, share and apply knowledge and research to improve the health of people and communities both now and in the future.
Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.
For further information, contact:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125
South Island Tertiary Forum: Supporting diverse students
Lincoln University hosted a FREE tertiary forum focused on supporting diverse students on Wednesday 3rd May 2017.
Panel speakers included Māori, Pasifika, LGBTI and those with disabilities. There were also short presentations on supporting international, post-graduate and gender diverse students.
Discussion tables encouraged more in-depth conversations about how to create more supportive environments for diverse student groups.
South Island Tertiary Forums are focused on embedding health and wellbeing in tertiary education settings and encouraging collaboration between institutions. Forums have been held since 2010 for staff and students from tertiary institutions around the South Island, and supporting organisations.