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.
Better protections for students in halls of residence
Beehive media release: 14th October 2019
The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels.
“The recent death at a student hall of residence in Christchurch exposed the limitations of our current system,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
“Halls and hostels charge a premium for their accommodation and parents have every right to expect a high level of care for their sons and daughters. Students should also be assured when they choose to live in a hall or hostel that there are minimum standards of safety and that there is support available to them if they need it.
“There is no consistent approach to the welfare and pastoral care of domestic tertiary students and we needed to change that swiftly.
“We are changing the Education Act to establish a mandatory Code of Practice for Pastoral Care for domestic tertiary students which providers must comply with. It will include greater clarity about the expectations for halls of residence.”
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