Thrive 2020 Wellness Program


Experts have long known that volunteering is great for our health and wellbeing - both physically and mentally.  To get involved in your community and to support the volunteering effort, please visit Volunteering Australia.

Lifeblood Tertiary Blood Challenge 2020

From 1 March to 31 May join the Lifeblood Tertiary Blood Challenge 2020 and donate blood or plasma.  Complete the Lifeblood Blood Donation Enrolment Form and be sure to inform Lifeblood that you are part of the SCU Community!  To find out more or to book an appointment call 131495. #savinglivesmatter

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. Test yourself and your friends to increase your daily amount of steps through small yet significant behavioural changes.

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 visit: www.10000steps.org.au/australasian-university-health-challenge/.

21 Days of Wellness Challenge

Kick start your year off on the right foot by joining SCU's 21 Days of Wellness Challenge.  

Receive a new challenge every day for 21 days, as well as a reminder to increase your daily activity and reach your 10,000 steps every day.

For more information, contact whs@scu.edu.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


Join a regular mindfulness workshop either online or on campus. The workshop will assist with establishing a mindfulness 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.

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

Mental Health Month

Every October is Mental Health Month.  Mental health issues and illness can affect people of all ages, all walks of life and comes in may different forms.  

Mental Health Month aims at shining the spot light on Mental Health, raising awareness, raising funds for research and encouraging conversations.

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

National Safe Work Month

In October of each year, SafeWork Australia raise the importance of workplace health and safety through National Safe Work Month. You can make sure you and your teammates are keep safe all year round 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

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! 

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.