Thrive 2019 Wellness Program

Thrive 2019 Wellness Program

10,000 Steps Challenge

The ‘10,000 steps’ program is fun and interactive way to increase your daily activity. You can join teams, complete tournaments and choose different challenges to help you reach 10,000 steps every day.  Run by Central Queensland University and funded by Queensland Health the 10,000 Steps program is free to join. To sign up to the challenge visit the 10,000 Steps webpage or download the app (available on iPhone, iPad and Android).  Take the STEP towards a healthy lifestyle.

The Australasian University Health Challenge

Get your walking shoes on! Hit the pavement as part of the 10, 000 steps program this year while joining in the fun of the Australasian University Health Challenge. The challenge is a health-focused initiative where 12 universities from across Australia and New Zealand have teamed up to provide staff with an opportunity to increase their physical activity, through a fun and exciting 6 week inter-university competition launching on Monday 19 August 2019. Test yourself and your friends to increase your daily amount of steps through small yet significant behavioural changes.

Sign up is open from Thursday 1 August 2019, just be sure to join the Australasian University Health Challenge and register to represent Southern Cross University! Log your daily step count through the 10,000 Steps website or activity tracking mobile apps, and see which University prevails as the most physically active. For more information contact the WHS Team on bindi.heldt@scu.edu.au or visit: www.10000steps.org.au/australasian-university-health-challenge/.

BCU Coffs Triathlon

With its beautiful location and world-class course, the bcu Coffs Tri Standard Distance Race is one of the must do events on the national Triathlon calendar. Competitors will enjoy a 1.5km ocean swim in the protected harbour; a 40km cycle on a CLOSED course; finishing with a 10km run around the picturesque Coffs Jetty Foreshores. It offers both individual and team options.

Join TEAM SCU and enjoy preparing and competing with your University community.

Biketober Business Challenge

The Biketober Business Challenge is a fun and friendly cycling challenge. Workplaces cycle to see which business can get the most staff to ride a bike. It doesn't matter if you ride every day or haven't been on a bike in years. Ride for fun or transport anytime, anywhere throughout October.

If you would like to join the Southern Cross University team, visit https://www.lovetoride.net/nsw/companies/8777 to register. Be inspired by the impressive 2018 results. Every person who registers in September can win a brand new e-bike courtesy of Sydney Electric Bikes!

Any questions, please contact David Hadley (david.hadley@scu.edu.au).

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month | Red Apple Day

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Red Apple Day, will be held on Wednesday 19 June 2019 and aims to raise awareness of, and funds for, the work done by the Bowel Cancer Australia team. Show your support by purchasing a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon and participating in the apple themed fundraising activities.

For more information visit https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/bowel-cancer-awareness-month.

Byron Bay Lighthouse Run

Join in the fun and register for the 13th annual Byron Bay Lighthouse Run. All money raised will go towards the Mullumbimby and Districts Neighbourhood Centre “Women’s Resource Service” and Headspace Lismore. So, register for the 1 km, 6 km and/or the 10km Byron Bay Lighthouse Run and support your local community on Sunday 20 October 2019. Represent Team SCU and receive discounted entry fee, access to the team marquee, free bag minding while you race, a hat or visor to run in and a running singlet! For more information and how to register, visit https://byronbaylighthouserun.com.au/.

Byron Ocean Swim

Byron Ocean Swim is taking place on Sunday 5 May 2019. Get involved in either the Byron Ocean Swim Classic or the Mini Swim as part of Team SCU!

The Byron Bay Property Sales Ocean Swim Classic is approximately 2.2km from Wategos Beach to Main Beach, Byron Bay. The Classic is a buoyed course from the start area, around The Pass and across the Bay to Main Beach.

The Mini Swim (800m), is run prior to the main swim. This shorter distance swim starts from Clarks Beach along Main Beach and is designed as an introductory swim for novice ocean swimmers and also for children who are good swimmers down to age 9 years.

Registrations close 26 April 2019. For further information on the event please visit: http://www.byronbayoceanswimclassic.com.au/.

Campus lunch walking groups

Join one of your friendly campus representatives for a low intensity walk around campus. Lunch time walks will go for approximately 30mins. It is recommended you wear a hat and sunscreen and take a water bottle.

The walking group champions at each location can be contacted for starting times and locations.

  • Coffs Harbour: June Colgrave
  • Lismore: Sophie Andrews
  • Gold Coast: Jak Carroll

Coffs Harbour friendly soccer

You are invited to dust off your sneakers, runners or football boots and play some friendly and casual soccer at the sports field next to T Block. All skill levels welcome. Wednesdays at 5pm.

For more information, please contact David Hadley (David.Hadley@scu.edu.au).

Coffs Harbour Running Festival

Represent Team SCU on Sunday 8 September 2019 at the Coffs Harbour Running festival! This is a community event for people of all ages and abilities that aims to raise funds for local children’s charities like, early connections, life education Australia and more. The event consists of a 21.1km half marathon, 10km fun run, Southern Cross University 5km fun run/walk and a 3km family fun run/walk. Register now and join Team SCU! For more information about the event, visit the Coffs Harbour Running Festival website.

Coffs Ocean Swims

Coffs Ocean Swims is a charity raising event held at Coffs Harbour’s beautiful Jetty Beach and this year it will be held on Sunday 7 April 2019. The event is organised by Village Sports who will be donating all profits from the event to local charities and community groups. The day is full of various swim courses and activities.

Register now and join Team SCU. For more information about the event, visit the Coffs Ocean Swims website.

Daily meditation practice and positive thinking

This lunch time workshop will run for approximately 45 mins at each campus. The workshop will assist with establishing a meditation practice to enhance peace and contentment and increase the ability to deal with and recover from stress. The workshop will also help you gain a more positive perspective through reducing negative thinking.

The workshop is run by Celestine Fedley a qualified Wellness Coach and Stress Management Consultant. For more information visit Celestine’s website.

Locations and times to be confirmed.

Darrel Chapman Fun Run

The Darrel Chapman Fun Run is an event that has been established in Lismore for 20 years. It includes a 4 km walk/run with all proceeds raised going to Our Kids, a 10 km run and this region’s only half marathon.  Whether you wish to walk, run or just have fun, get involved and join Team SCU on Sunday 25 August 2019.

Get ready to break a sweat and join Team SCU! Contact: unilife@scu.edu.au for your discounted Team SCU codes to register.   

Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week is an initiative of the Australian Dental Association and will be held this year from Monday 5 August to Sunday 11 August. The aim of this week is to educate Australians about the importance of dental health by promoting four key messages:

  • Brush twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Clean in between your teeth at least once a day – floss or an interdental brush
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet, limit your sugar intake
  • Visit the dentist for regular check-ups and preventative treatment.

For more information about this year’s Dental Health Week visit: https://www.ada.org.au/Dental-Health-Week/About.

Dry July

Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages you to go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer. The funds you raise as part of your Dry July will provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment. Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you're not only helping others, you're helping yourself. It's a win-win! For more information on how to donate and sign up please visit https://www.dryjuly.com/.

Exercise Right Week

Exercise Right Week runs from the 20 - 26 May 2019 and aims to promote physical activity and its health benefits.  Join in and get free access to events, competitions and resources. This year’s theme is ‘Active Ageing’ encouraging all Australians to move more and age better.

Further information can be found on https://exerciseright.com.au/.


Powered by Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS), febfast is the great Australian pause from alcohol, sugar or something of your choice for the month of February in support of disadvantaged young people aged 12-25 across the country.

You’ll give up alcohol, sugar or something of your choice, register to take on the challenge and raise vital funds to support disadvantaged young Australians. The money you raise funds youth workers who dedicate their time to connect young people in with the support, programs and services they require to overcome adversity and realise opportunity. 

Fitness Passport

As one of our amazing SCU employees, you can take advantage of our Fitness Passport program where you pay one membership and are able to access any Fitness Passport associated facilities whenever you like, as often as you like; even sign up the family to join the fun.

Visit the SCU Fitness Passport website to sign up and learn more about our program, membership prices, associated facilities, Frequently Asked Questions and Terms and Conditions.

For any questions, please contact Fitness Passport on info@fitnesspassport.com.au or the WHS Team on bindi.heldt@scu.edu.au or ext. 79505.

Flu prevention

Influenza is contagious and more serious than the common cold. To prepare for this flu season and prevent the spread of the flu, here are some tips:

  • Get a flu shot (refer to Staff flu vaccination program for when vaccinations are being offered at your campus).
  • Sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean/wash your hands.
  • Stay at home if sick.

For more tips and information, visit The NSW Health Don’t spread the flu: It’s in your hands website

Gold Coast Campus staff bocce competition

The Gold Coast Campus staff bocce competition runs three times a year across the first 6 weeks (approx.) of each session. The competition provides an opportunity for staff to take a break from their work day to get some fresh air, clear the mind and build relationships with colleagues. More information will be sent out to registered players prior to the competition commencing.

For more information and to express your interest for registration, please contact Vanessa Robson.

Telephone: 07 5589 3434

Email: vanessa.robson@scu.edu.au

Healthy Bones Action Week

With the aim of encouraging people of all ages to protect their bones, Healthy Bones Action Week will be held from Tuesday 20 August 2019 to Monday 26 August 2019. Here are three steps that you can take to build and maintain healthy bones:

  1. Go for a walk or commit to a form of regular exercise
  2. Spend time outdoors – Vitamin D
  3. Increase your daily serve of calcium – milk, cheese and yoghurt

Get involved and help spread the Healthy Bones word. For further information visit: https://www.dairy.com.au/health/healthy-bones.

I want to Thrive – Intro 1 on 1 sessions (each campus)

This is an opportunity for staff to meet with qualified health professionals to assist with starting or improving their physical activity.

The sessions will run for approximately 25 minutes and will take place at each campus. If you would like to improve your physical health but are not sure where to start, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved.

Lismore Campus - mountain bike group

Interested in joining your colleagues for a lunch time bike ride? Departing from LIS.Y1 most days at 12pm. Days and starting times do vary depending on the weather. For more information:

Massage on campus

Break up your day and enjoy a relaxing 15 minute head, neck and shoulder massage by a qualified massage therapist on your campus. Sessions are expected to fill fast so be quick and email bindi.heldt@scu.edu.au to book your massage!

Wednesday 10 July 2019 | 10am – 2pm | F1.26
Tuesday 23 July 2019 | 10am – 2pm | F1.26
Wednesday 31 July 2019 | 10am – 2pm | F1.26

Coffs Harbour
Wednesday 17 July 2019 | 9.30am – 1.30pm | AG.20

Gold Coast
Thursday 18 July 2019 | 10am – 2pm | B7.27
Wednesday 24 July 2019 | 10am – 2pm | B6.26
Tuesday 30 July 2019 | 10am - 2pm | C6.15

Melanoma March

Melanoma March is in its eighth year and is now Melanoma Institute Australia’s major annual fundraising campaign to support melanoma research. In each location, the March is a special event which brings together the whole melanoma community to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research.

Last year over 7,000 people from each state and territory supported their local Melanoma March and we invite you to join us in 2019 at your local March.

It’s an opportunity to inspire others, remember loved ones and support your local March to find a cure for Melanoma.

Visit the website to find out all the details on your local March.

Men's Health Week

International Men’s Health Week is being celebrated this year from Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June 2019. Men’s Health Week aims to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases in men and boys.

To learn more about Men’s Health Week visit https://www.menshealthweek.org.au/.

Mental Health Month

‘Share the Journey’, this year’s Mental Health Month theme, is all about ways we can connect with others, both for our own health and wellbeing, as well as theirs. Take the opportunity this month to:

  • Tell your loved ones about both your successes and difficulties
  • Reach out to people who might be withdrawing from others
  • Work with someone to find and access services or support
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Get involved in group activities like sports or book clubs
  • Share a cuppa with a friend

For more information about Mental Health Month and how you can get involved, visit http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/.


Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health and since 2003 has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030, Movember hopes to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. This Movember get involved and raise awareness for men’s health. The girls can get involved too – it’s not just about growing a Mo.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit https://au.movember.com/?home

National Diabetes Week

National Diabetes Week will be held from Sunday 14 July 2019 to Saturday 20 July 2019 to help raise awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of all types of diabetes.To find out more visit the Diabetes Australia Website - https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/ and https://www.itsabouttime.org.au/.

National Safe Work Month

This year’s theme ‘Be a safety champion’ demonstrates that anyone can be a champion for work health and safety. Everyone can support a safety culture at their workplace and promote best practice work health and safety initiatives. Southern Cross University is committed to the safety of all of our staff, students and visitors, and everyone, including you, can make help to make our campuses safe. This October, strive to Be a safety champion at work by:

  • Reporting any hazards, incidents or accidents to the WHS Team
  • Keeping yourself informed by reviewing the emergency procedures available online
  • Checking in on your work mates regularly

If you have any health or safety questions or concerns, please email whs@scu.edu.au

National Skin Cancer Action Week

November 17-23 is National Skin Cancer Action Week.  It’s the week before the official start of summer and it’s the perfect time to remind your family and friends of the importance of sun protection and early detection of skin cancers. So remember Sid the Seagull’s “5 S” message to SLIP on a t-shirt, SLOP on sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, SLIDE on your sunnies and SEEK shade this summer.

For more information visit, https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/campaigns-and-events/national-skin-cancer-action-week.html.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held each year in Australia to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to share the stories of real women affected by the disease, to highlight the risk factors for ovarian cancer and educate Australians on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Ovarian cancer is still the deadliest women’s cancer.  Unfortunately, this has not changed in 30 years. Every day in Australia, four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and three will die from the disease. In 2018, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month was about making a stand – it’s time for action.

Some ideas to take action this month:

R U OK? Day

National R U OK? Day is on Thursday 12 September 2019 and is dedicated to reminding everyone to ask “Are you okay?” and to help support those who struggle with the highs and lows of life. This year they encourage you to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK? For more information visit the R U OK? Website.

Staff support
Employee Assistance Program (ASSURE)
Phone: 1800 808 374
Text: 0439 449 876
Website: www.assureprograms.com.au

Student support
SCU Out-of-Hours Crisis Line
Australia wide Mon-Fri, 5pm – 9am, Weekends 24 hours
Phone: 1300 782 676
Text: 0488 884 143 

R U OK? Trust the Signs Tour

R U OK? Trust the Signs Tour is coming to the Gold Coast Campus on Wednesday 17 July 2019 to show you when and how to ask R U OK? Enjoy free food, hands on activities for all ages and a chance to learn more about when to ask R U OK? Local mental health and suicide prevention services will also be on site to answer any questions and inform of the support services they provide.

For further information visit https://www.ruok.org.au/trust-the-signs-tour.

Samson Challenge Lismore

The Samson Challenge is a four-person team event with each team put through nine gruelling challenges, which includes a farmers walk with jerry cans, a prowler push, 130kg truck tyre flip, burpee challenge, 2x2km run, 1km swim, the sled plug and a crazy obstacle course to complete.

The quickest team to complete all the challenges wins the coveted Samson Title and bragging rights for the next twelve months.

The Samson is a major fundraiser for Our Kids, the charity that raises money to purchase paediatric equipment for the Children's Ward and Special Care Nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.

The event will take place on 2 March 2019, get your team together now - join TEAM SCU

SCU 10 km and Gold Coast Marathon Runners Festival

Celebrate the 41st edition of the Gold Coast Marathon and run as part of Team SCU on the 6-7 July 2019.

Test your limits in the Gold Coast Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Gold Coast Airport Fun Run, Garmin 4km Junior Dash or Gamin 2km Junior Dash.

All Team SCU participants will receive a free SCU runner’s singlet, have access to the Team Marquee and a healthy breakfast, and free post-race sports massage to assist with your recovery.

Get ready to break a sweat and join Team SCU! Early bird and Team SCU discount closes 30 April 2019.

Contact: unilife@scu.edu.au for your discounted Team SCU codes to register.  


SCU has teamed with UniSport Australia and Sport Australia, because we want staff and students at SCU to commit to 30mins of activity every day. We’ve always been known as a great sporting nation – a country that glows with health and vitality. But lately, things have changed. It’s time we do our bit SCU! Let’s get moving! Our brand new SCUMoves app will be ready for download in late July. Get ready to track your activity, challenge your mates and take part in campus challenges.  

For more information on SCUMoves, contact unilife@scu.edu.au.

Sleep Awareness Week

This year’s Sleep Awareness Week is being held from Monday 5 August 2019 to Sunday 11 August 2019, with the theme of ‘Sleep on it – memory and problem solving’. The week draws attention to the importance of sleep as a vital component to a healthy lifestyle. Quality sleep allows for optimal learning and memory function, while a lack of sleep can affect an individual’s mood, motivation, judgement and awareness. Sleep Awareness Week is the perfect time to reflect on your sleep and learn more about how you can improve your sleeping habits.

For more information visit https://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/key-events/about-sleep-awareness-week.html.

Staff flu vaccination program

The Workplace, Health and Safety team is pleased to offer SCU employees free Influenza vaccination again in 2019. Staff flu vaccinations will be administered at:

Gold Coast (10am – 2pm each day)

Tuesday 9 April 2019
Friday 10 May 2019
Wednesday 15 May 2019

Lismore (10am - 2pm each day)

Monday 8 April 2019
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Friday 12 April 2019
Tuesday 16 April 2019
Monday 13 May 2019

To book your vaccination appointment contact the SCU Health Clinic and note to reception staff that you are wanting to book for the STAFF FLU VACCINATION. Before attending be sure to complete your consent form (attached to All Staff email sent 21 March 2019 by WHS) and take a copy along to your appointment.

SCU Health Clinic: Lismore ext. 79131 (02 6626 9131), Gold Coast ext. 93252 (07 5589 3252)

Coffs Harbour (10.30am – 2.30pm)

Thursday 11 April 2019

For more information, please refer to email sent by CHEC staff on 8 March 2019.

Thrive Fitness

Break a sweat and join in the fun that is Thrive Fitness. Lunch time energy packed healthy body workout sessions for all fitness needs and levels. The sessions will be run at the Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses by qualified health trainers. Change up your lunch time routine and get involved—you know you want to!

Lismore: Mondays and Wednesdays (SCU Fitness for You)

Gold Coast: Tuesdays and Thursdays (K.T’s Small Group Training)

Coffs Harbour: Wednesdays (Southern Cross Sports & Fitness Centre)

All sessions will take place from 12.30pm – 1.15pm (QLD time if relevant). Sessions will run every week throughout the months of April and May. To register your place in any of the Thrive Fitness programs, please email whs@scu.edu.au.

Thrive Yoga

Get active + relax = Thrive yoga. Enjoy a FREE 45 minute yoga session at your campus with a qualified instructor. All campus sessions will run from 12.30pm to 1.15pm and are designed to suit all experience levels – so why not get involved! One session will be run at each campus, so be quick and secure your place by emailing bindi.heldt@scu.edu.au.

Gold Coast
Wednesday 11 September 2019 - B7.25

Coffs Harbour
Wednesday 18 September 2019 - O.LG.18

Thursday 26 September 2019 - SCU Gym Auditorium

Wear Red Day


This February, we invite you to help keep families together for longer. On Valentine’s Day, the day of hearts, wear RED for someone close to your heart. Whether it’s a family member, wife, husband, or that special friend who means the world to you, or in memory of someone you loved who sadly passed away due to heart disease.

Organise your colleagues to wear red and get together for morning tea to raise money for Heart Research Australia. For more information visit the website.

Women’s Health Week

Start making positive changes that can last a life time this Women’s Health Week. Running from Monday 2 September 2019 through to Friday 6 September take part in looking after your health for the 7th year of Woman’s Health Week. Each day has a special focus so be sure to visit the Women’s Health Week website and check out the events happening in your area.

Work unit ergonomic assessments


The Workplace Health and Safety Team will be conducting ergonomic assessments for different Work Units throughout the year. Ergonomic Assessments ensure that your workstation is ergonomically designed to minimise the risk of injury and maximise your comfort at work.

If you would like to nominate your Work Unit to receive ergonomic assessments please email whs@scu.edu.au.

World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day will be held around the world on Friday 14 June 2019. The event is run to thank volunteer blood donors for their life-saving donations and to raise awareness of the need for regular donations to ensure all individuals have equal opportunity to access quality-assured blood.

For more information on World Blood Donor Day and how to donate visit https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2019.

World Cancer Day

Each year on 4 February, World Cancer Day empowers all of us across the world to show support, raise our collective voice, take personal action and press our governments to do more. World Cancer Day is the only day on the global health calendar where we can all unite and rally under the one banner of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.

For more information on how you can take action and get involved please visit the World Cancer Day website.

World Diabetes Day

1 in 2 people with Type 2 diabetes don’t know they have it. Thursday 14 November is World Diabetes Day. This year’s theme is ‘Family and Diabetes’ and urges you to learn how to protect your family from Type 2 diabetes and how to support early detection.  Take their online test to find out your risk and complete the quiz to discover how well you can spot the warning signs of diabetes.

To find further information about World Diabetes Day and to complete their test and quiz visit, https://worlddiabetesday.org/.

World No Tabacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world on the 31 May to educate and reduce use of tobacco substances. This years’ theme is on ‘Tobacco and lung health’. The event is intended to encourage a 24 hour period free from all tobacco consumption, and to draw global attention on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second hand exposure.

To find further information visit https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2019/05/31/default-calendar/world-no-tobacco-day.

World Smile Day

This Friday 4 October 2019 celebrate World Smile Day and “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile”.  Harvey Ball, the creator of the smiley face, thought that the world should devote one day each year to smiles and acts of kindness and declared that the first Friday in October each year would be “World Smile Day”. To learn more visit the World Smile Day website at https://www.worldsmileday.com/index.php.

World Suicide Prevention Day

The International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday 10 September 2019, raises awareness, creates conversation and educates the world on suicide prevention. Take part in either the Cycle around the World and/or Light a Candle ISAP events. For more information on suicide prevention and IASP’s events visit the IASP website.

Staff support
Employee Assistance Program (ASSURE)
Phone: 1800 808 374
Text: 0439 449 876
Website: www.assureprograms.com.au

Student support
SCU Out-of-Hours Crisis Line
Australia wide Mon-Fri, 5pm – 9am, Weekends 24 hours
Phone: 1300 782 676
Text: 0488 884 143