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:

Wellbeing and Vitality in Education (WAVE) is involved with tertiary education providers in South Canterbury.

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:

  1. To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates, and
  2. 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.



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For further information, contact:

Anna Thorpe
Ph: +64 3 364 1777

Anna Reihana
Ph: +64 3 687 2600

IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion 2019

The 23rd IUHPE World Conference will be held in Rotorua (7th to 11th April 2019).

International Health Promoting Campuses Symposium

This one-day symposium aims to activate the Okanagan Charter on higher education campuses around the world. The event will provide a range of opportunities for participants to:

  • Work with international and national experts experienced in designing health promoting campuses;
  • Participate in the global health promoting universities and colleges movement; and
  • Build collective engagement and commitment to implement the Okanagan Charter.

The symposium will be relevant for academics, management, students, educators, student support staff, researchers, health promotion and public health specialists, and all those interested in the promotion of health, wellbeing and sustainability within Universities, Colleges, Polytechnics and Wānanga.

Date: Sunday 7th April 2019.
Time: 10am to 4pm.
Location: Rotorua – held just before the International Union of Health Promotion Education (IUHPE) conference.

Contact Chair of the Tertiary Wellbeing Aotearoa New Zealand Dr Anna Thorpe for more infomation or to register your interest (anna.thorpe[at]

Page last updated: 20/11/2018

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