Category Archives: Health and Safety

2019 Vice Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards – Applications Open

The 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards & the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards are now open for applications.

For full details, and the application forms, please refer to the VC General Staff Development Awards page under the Learning and Development intranet, or Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards page on the Health and Safety Intranet.

Applications close 4 pm, Wednesday 17 July 2019.

For any further queries, please email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz

Flu vaccine stocks update

Already this season, distribution of the influenza vaccine has reached near record levels in Aotearoa New Zealand, which has led to low stock levels. As a result, the Ministry of Health is asking all general practices to prioritise the vaccination of those at the greatest risk of influenza.

Priority groups include:

  • pregnant women
  • children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illness
  • people with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions that make them susceptible to influenza
  • those aged 65 and over.

The UC Health Centre should have enough influenza vaccines to cover people who would consider themselves to be in one of the above groups.  

Ways to help minimise the spread of influenza

  • Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Stay at home if unwell.

Free Workshops – Mental Health Education and Wellbeing

The Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC) are celebrating 25 years of service to the mental health community in Canterbury.

To celebrate they are running a number of free workshops for the public. The workshops include:

  • Overcoming Daily Stressors
  • Managing High Workloads: Tips for Efficiency and Work Life Balance
  • Behaviour Change and Creating New Habits
  • What if We Could Help Address the Mental Health Crisis with Nutrients and Nutrition, presented by Professor Julia Rucklidge.

To find out about upcoming Education opportunities, visit the MHERC website.

For any further Professional Development opportunities, please visit the Learning and Development intranet.

Making help more obvious on UC’s website

A recent news article analysed reporting systems for sexual harassment and assault in New Zealand universities. The article pointed out it took six clicks to find information on UC’s website. UC aims for continuous improvement and worked quickly to make the relevant information easier to find.

No level of assault is acceptable. At UC we are very active in establishing an environment and behavioural expectations that provide a safe and healthy campus for all students.

In addition to having both formal and anonymous reporting systems, UC has several support teams to provide help to students if they have faced harassment on campus. We will continue to promote reporting options and the range of student support available at UC via a variety of channels.

UC takes very seriously the safety, security and education of our students with the aim of creating a campus community where students feel safe and where they belong.

Information on sexual harassment and assault, support and reporting is available here

Think first when cycling during winter

It’s true, winter is coming and bringing with it colder and darker days. If you are cycling in the dark take care of yourself and look out for others when you’re on your bike.

Cycling brings a lot of freedom, you can cycle on the road, cycle paths and take shortcuts. This all makes cyclists quite mysterious, and some might say, unpredictable which can make pedestrians and motorists nervous.

Be a considerate cyclist and take a look at the tips below.

Tips to cycling in winter

  • Be seen – wear bright and reflective clothing.
  • Light up – make sure you have working head and tail lights on your bike.
  • Be predictable – use hand signals to let everyone know where you’re going.
  • Take care – cycle carefully in shaded areas where there might be ice and when it’s wet.
  • Wear your helmet – your brain is a valuable asset.

If you have more smart tips on cycle safety for winter, share them in the comments below.