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

Translating the Okanagan Charter for practice in Aotearoa New Zealand

A guide has been developed by the TWANZ national executive to assist universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology, wānanga and other tertiary education providers in understanding and activating the international Okanagan Charter for health promoting universities and colleges.

The guide applies wellbeing frameworks developed in Aotearoa New Zealand to the Okanagan Charter and offers a range of examples, measurement suggestions and guiding questions to assist embedding health and wellbeing on campus.

The final guide will build on feedback received and is yet to be released.

Page last updated: 22/03/2018

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