Supporting health and wellbeing in tertiary education 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.
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 an annual 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.
- Running regional workshops on issues such as drugs on campus.
- Conducting the South Island Tertiary Health and Wellbeing Survey 2016. This survey involved 7 tertiary education providers.
- Collaborating to reduce sexual assault on campus at Canterbury tertiary institutions with Universities New Zealand.
- Assisting the development of campus wellbeing strategies.
- Supporting health and wellbeing initiatives on campus.
- 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.
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For further information, contact:
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New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students
Beehive media release: 14th December 2019
The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation.
“The recent tragedy at Sonoda student accommodation in Christchurch exposed the limits of the old system of self-regulation. It was based on a voluntary code and failed to maintain adequate standards at tertiary providers around the country,” Minister for Education Chris Hipkins said.
“We have moved quickly to change the Education Act so there are better protections in place for students from next year. “We’ve created a Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of domestic tertiary students which providers must comply with.”
The Code is interim and will be in place for the start of 2020.