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.



Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


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).

The call for abstracts is open until Friday 31st August 2018.  There are eight formats for abstract submission and participatory, collaborative and non-traditional submissions are encouraged.

Translating the Okanagan Charter for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand

Tertiary Wellbeing Aotearoa New Zealand (TWANZ) is holding a FREE regional workshop on the Okanagan Charter in Christchurch. The purpose of this workshops is for interested staff and students from the range of tertiary education institutions to:

  • network;
  • discuss the Okanagan Charter and the guide for practice TWANZ has developed for Aotearoa NZ;
  • discuss local priority wellbeing issues using the Okanagan Charter and guide;
  • reflect on organisational wellbeing action plans; and
  • plan future contact and projects.

Date and Time: Friday 22nd June 2018, from 9am to noon.
Location: Room 441 at the Jack Erskine building (University of Canterbury).

Contact Debbie Baugh at Community and Public Health to register for this free workshop (debbie.baugh[at]

Page last updated: 18/06/2018

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