Supporting health and wellbeing in tertiary education settings

Groups of students sitting on a green space outside a university building. Source: University of Canterbury.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:

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

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.

Page last updated: 15/01/2020

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