Category Archives: Wellbeing

An inclusive, safe and welcoming culture. Whiria te Taura Tangata #15

Kia ora koutou

I’ve been thinking a lot about inclusiveness over the last few months and the events of the 15 March have increased my desire to support UC as a welcoming and inclusive community.  This means our working and learning culture is one where we all feel safe, respected and comfortable to be ourselves. A place where we can share our sense of belonging.

From an Organisational Culture perspective, three of the constructive (blue) cluster of styles directly talk to this:

  • Self-Actualising: people should feel comfortable to be themselves at work,
  • Humanistic-Encouraging: people are expected to be supportive of each other, and
  • Affiliative: people are encouraged to place a high priority on constructive interpersonal relationships and to be friendly, open and sensitive to the needs of others.

There are many opportunities for us to continue building UC into an inclusive environment. Here are some links I know of:

I know there are lots of people doing heaps of great work in this space so feel free to add a comment about initiatives you are involved in or aware of.

Support – take care of yourself and others

  • Self-care events to be held at the end of April – look out for the special events we’ll be promoting very soon
  • Staff Support
  • Student Support

Find out more

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes), 

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

 

Measles update

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury has now reached 30.

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.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are usually a fever, cough, runny nose, sore and watery eyes, and sometimes small white spots in the mouth. Over the next few days a blotchy rash appears, starting on the face and behind the ears, and moving down the body.

If you develop any of these symptoms stay at home and phone the UC Health Centre if you are enrolled there or your General Practitioner (GP) for advice as soon as possible.   

Immunisation

  • If you have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR – Mumps, Measles and Rubella), have had the measles before, or were born before 1969 you are unlikely to develop the measles.
  • Those born between 1969 and 1990 are considered to have a good level of protection. This group were offered one measles vaccine and evidence suggests that one dose of MMR protects 95% of people from developing measles.
  • If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles, contact your health service provider – they can check your vaccination history.

Priority group for vaccination
To ensure vaccines are being provided to those in greatest need, a vaccination programme is being rolled out by general practices which prioritises those who need it most.  

The immediate priority is those aged 12 months to 28 years who have never been immunised. As more vaccine becomes available the MMR vaccine will be made available to other priority groups.

If you are enrolled at the UC Health Centre, meet the criteria for vaccination and have not yet been contacted, please call the UC Health Centre to book in for your MMR vaccine. Otherwise please contact your General Practitioner (GP).  

Band Together – 12pm today, C Block lawn

Time: 12 – 12.30pm
Date: Monday 18 March
Location: C Block lawn
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2288962974706666/

We know Friday’s events continue to have a deep impact on people and we are committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff. Our love and support are with everyone and help is available and you are not alone.

As an act of solidarity and support we invite the UC community to band together for a period of reflection, and to support one another.

The gathering will open with a moment of silence and karakia and will be followed by the sharing of halal kai. There will be time to pause and quietly reflect on the past few days, as well as leave a message on the Kia Kaha wall.

As an act of solidarity and to unite in a demonstration of inclusiveness, female students and staff are welcome to wear head scarves. This is a matter of personal choice.

Classes scheduled between 12pm – 1pm have been cancelled.
Lectures scheduled from 11am – 1pm will run from 11am – 12pm.
Lectures scheduled from 12pm – 2pm will run from 1pm – 2pm.

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.