The University is committed to the health and wellbeing of all staff and students.
Join one of the programs provided by Active UTAS
The University supports a computer based program called Exertime developed by Human Movement Researchers Drs Dean Cooley and Scott Pederson.
The University offers free Flu Vaccinations to staff annually. The vaccinations are provided by experienced health professionals from an external workplace health provider.
Staff are required to download a consent form, accessed from the external health providers' online booking system to give to the health professional before their vaccination. Staff who are concerned about accessing this service are asked to consult with their own medical practitoner for advice.
This service is offered to all staff.
Heads Up encourages business leaders to take action on mental health and provides businesses with practical advice about how to create mentally healthy workplaces. Heads Up is a joint initiative of Beyond Blue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance. Safe Work Australia is a founding member of the Alliance along with business, community and other government organisations. An Action Plan is provided on the Heads Up, website which allows businesses to tailor mental health plans for implementation in their workplace. Review the Heads Up campaign website
Safe Work Australia has resources to assist organisations manage mental health in their workplace, including:
- Preventing Psychological Injury Under Work Health and Safety Laws Fact Sheet to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking and workers address psychological health risks to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons at work.
- Workers Compensation Legislation and Psychological Injury Fact Sheet provides a general overview of the employer's role under workers' compensation legislation in relation to psychological injuries.
- Mental disorders are also a priority disorder under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022.
A Smoke Free Area Minimum Standard applies to all University premises and workplaces including authorised vehicles and represents the initial step towards delivery smoke-free campuses.
For support and information on smoking cessation visit:
Work Related Stress:
Work-related stress describes the physical, mental and emotional reactions of workers who perceive their work demands exceed their abilities and/or resources to do the work. It occurs when workers feel they are not coping in important situations. WorkCover has released a set of Fact Sheets that describe and give advice in relation to elements of work related stress.
A worker's response to stress may be positive or negative. In the majority of instances, people adjust to stressors and can continue to perform their normal duties. While stress is not a disease, if it becomes excessive and long-lasting it can lead to mental and physical ill-health.
Work-related stress is recognised globally as a major challenge for workers and organisations and increased stress levels can lead to poor performance.
If you are experiencing work-related stress and need to speak to a professional please access the University's staff counselling service. This service is available to all University of Tasmania employees and is a confidential service.
The 2012 Australian Healthy Snack Bible includes useful information on portion control and tips on healthy snacks
The Australian Government have produced a useful guide on How to Understand Food Labels.
Other useful Quick Tips include:
- Calcium - are you getting enough?
- Carbohydrates - choose good carbs, not no carbs
- Cholesterol and Fats - choose healthy fats, limit saturated fat, and avoid trans fat
- Fibre - choose a fibre-filled diet, rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits
- Healthy Drinks - choose healthy drinks
- Protein - Eat a variety of Protein
- Vegetables and Fruits - choose colour and variety