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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.

Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency?

Here’s your chance to find out.

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences | Kura Mātai Hauora is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks.

The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study or to sign up, contact Tane for more information>

The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper and Keith Alexander. Nick can be contacted at nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz. He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.

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.

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.

Breathe easy…staff only yoga starts Thursday and it’s not too late to register!

Are you interested in yoga, but want a private space with other UC Staff?  Our UC Staff only yoga starts again on Thursday 28 Feb – register now and find breathing space again.

The lovely Mel Mortiaux will be teaching a variety of yoga styles (hatha/restorative/yin/gentle flow) – this is a wonderful opportunity to experience a range of styles, in the comfort of our new ZenZone.   

The class is limited to just 14 people, so you’ll get close attention and guidance to find the right posture for your body.

The course runs for 8 weeks, on Thursdays at 6.10pm.  It’s great value at just $60, and your family/friends/support person are welcome to join also for $90. 

And because it’s the same group each week, Mel will be able to shape the class around your needs and progress.

So, what are you waiting for?  Sign up at reception today, or give us a call on 369 2433.

For more information contact Danielle Mather or see our website (where you’ll find some other great health and fitness courses).