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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.

Employee Assistance Programme – app available

EAP Services Ltd has launched the EAP NOW app which benefits staff already using the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), and those staff who want to know more about the services EAP can provide.

This initial release of the EAP NOW app provides information about EAP and/or to schedule and track EAP appointments. 

EAP intends to further develop the app and will keep UC informed as new updates are available.

To download the EAP NOW app, scan the QR code on the HR Intranet or use either of the links below:

Note: The app requests permission to ‘Allow EAP NOW to make and manage phone calls’.  This is for the ‘Connect Me’ module of the app, where details of various support telephone numbers are provided.  This permission allows your phone to directly dial these numbers when they are tapped from within the app.  EAP’s Privacy Policy can be found at: https://www.eapservices.co.nz/privacy/

After installing and opening the app, you will be required to register the first time you login:

  1. Tap Register here (bottom right of your mobile)
  2. Enter UC’s organisation code: UCEAP
  3. Enter an email address and password.  Note: The email address must be the same as that you provide to EAP if/when you are scheduling an EAP appointment, or you will not receive confirmation notifications.

If you have any issues downloading the EAP NOW app simply email EAP Services at feedback@eapservices.co.nz with the make and model of your mobile device.

 

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.