Category Archives: Health and Safety

A Fortnight dedicated to Staff Wellbeing and Self-Care

It is important to take care of ourselves in our day-to-day lives, and it becomes essential to be kind to ourselves and take time out to pause and practice some self-care in times of stress and trauma.

So, for the fortnight of Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May, you will have the opportunity to attend some lunch time sessions on various topics around self-care for you and your family.

We encourage you to attend as many of the sessions as possible, which have been planned around lunch time. Grab a drink, bring your lunch and prepare to learn and practice some techniques to enhance your wellbeing.

Free access to the RecCentre for the Self-Care Fortnight.

All staff will have free access to the RecCentre and you can bring a friend too, but you must be there to sign them in.
Contact the RecCentre for further information.

Session information:

Feeding the brain in times of stress: practical advice on how to nourish ourselves
Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Straight-forward ways to boost your mental and emotional states via nutrition/nutritional interventions, with immediate and long-term results in adults and children.

  • Date: Monday 29 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Sleep, Health and Children
Jacki Henderson, Senior Lecturer, Psychology

  • Date: Thursday 2 May, 12.00pm – 12.50pm
  • Location: Check the intranet page for updates on venue

Staff Yoga
Sabine Claus, Group Fitness Instructor
Come and enjoy a free 45 minute yoga session.
Please bring your own yoga mat, as there will be limited mats available to use in the room.

  • Date: Monday 6 May, 12.00pm – 12.45pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

The Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health
Stacey Niao, Sport and Wellness Coordinator, UC RecCentre

  • Date: Thursday 9 May, 12.30pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Mindfulness – An introductory session
Ann Huggett, Registered Clinical Psychologist
Please bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on as you will be sitting on the floor.

  • Date: Friday 10 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

We are currently working on more speakers to share their expertise with you, keep an eye on our intranet site to find out more, or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you need more information on support, please visit our Staff Support page or contact your HR Advisor.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines available at UC Health Centre

The UC Health Centre | Whare Hauora o UC is now offering Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations to all UC students and staff who have: 

  • never been vaccinated
  • only had one MMR vaccination.

Note – international students will be charged $25 per MMR vaccine.

If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles contact the UC Health Centre if you are enrolled there, or your General Practitioner (GP) – they can check your vaccination history.

People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination. Many of this group will have had measles.

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury is now at 37, with a further nine cases being investigated.

Measles is a serious and highly infectious illness that spreads easily from person to person through the air, and can be caught simply by being in the same room as someone with measles. Read more about immunisation and symptoms here.

Update – Measles alert

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury has increased to 28. Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing.

Immunisation
The Canterbury Primary Response Group has advised current priorities for immunisation are:

  1. Children and young adults (age range 5 years to 28 years) who are either not immunised or who have only received one Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) dose to date.
    And:
    Children 12 months to 5 years who have never received any doses of MMR.
  2. The four-year-old MMR can be brought forward to no sooner than four weeks after the previous MMR.
  3. Adults aged 29 to 50 (this cohort only received one dose of measles vaccine).

People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination.

Not sure if you’ve been immunised? 
If you are not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles, and you’re enrolled at the UC Health Centre please phone them as soon as possible – they can check your immunisation history.

If you are not enrolled with the UC Health Centre please contact your own General Practitioner (GP) to check your vaccination history.

Measles symptoms
Early symptoms include:

  • a dry cough
  • runny nose
  • temperature over 38.5 degrees

Around four or five days in:

  • a blotchy face rash usually appears, then moves to the chest and arms.

If you think you have been exposed to measles or are exhibiting symptoms, do not go to the Emergency Department (ED), after hours clinic, UC Health or your general practitioner (GP). Instead phone UC Health or your GP for advice first.

If you have the measles:

  • you are infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears
  • you need to be in isolation from the time you become ill until 5 days after the rash has appeared. This means staying away from university/work, sporting competitions and social events. 

If you get sick
UC’s priorities are the health of our university community and supporting staff and students as much as reasonably possible if you get sick.

  • If you are sick, or there is sickness or suspected sickness at home, stay home on sick leave. If you don’t have sick leave available, don’t come to work. We will make arrangements with you when you return – for example approval of sick leave in advance.
  • If you are affected by a situation like a pre-school closure, please talk to your manager about working from home arrangements or discretionary leave.

Take care around James Logie building

From Monday 11 March there will be increased truck movements around James Logie building. Take care when you are in the area, follow directions on signage and use dedicated footpaths. With increased truck movements in the area it is also important not to stop your car in front of site gates to drop off and pick up others.

All trucks moving in and out of the site will have a spotter on foot, but you still need to take care in the area and be aware of your surroundings.

Think first. Kia mataara.

Measles alert

There are now 14 confirmed measles cases in Canterbury. Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing.

  • If you catch measles you are infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears (see symptoms below).
  • Anyone with measles needs to be in isolation from the time they become ill until 5 days after the rash has appeared. This means staying away from university, work, sporting competitions and social events. 

Not sure if you’ve been immunised?  
The best protection is for people born after 1969 to have had two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations.

If you are not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles, and you’re enrolled at the UC Health Centre please phone them as soon as possible – they can check your immunisation history.

If you are not enrolled with the UC Health Centre please contact your own General Practitioner (GP) to check your vaccination history.

If you are exposed to measles and haven’t been immunised, you’ll need to be isolated for at least 14 days.

Symptoms
Early symptoms include:

  • a dry cough
  • runny nose
  • temperature over 38.5 degrees

Around four or five days in:

  • a blotchy face rash usually appears, then moves to the chest and arms.

If you think you have been exposed to measles or are exhibiting symptoms, do not go to the Emergency Department (ED), after hours clinic, UC Health or your general practitioner (GP). Instead phone UC Health or your GP for advice.

More information
Canterbury District Health Board website – search measles
Ministry of Health website