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 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.
- 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
SOUTH CANTERBURY (WAVE)
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]cdhb.health.nz).