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Healthy University Advisory Group

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"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". 

World Health Organisation Constitution.

The Vice-Chancellor established the Healthy University Advisory Group in August 2015 to enhance the University's ability to provide a healthy learning, living, and working environment that enables students and staff to achieve their full potential.  The goal of the Advisory Group is to identify opportunities to foster health, well-being and resilience within the University community.

Terms of Reference

a)  To provide advice to the Vice-Chancellor on:

  • The development of policies and practices that promote a healthy university environment across all of the University of Otago Campuses;
  • The development, implementation and monitoring of policies and practices that nurture a culture of support and resilience;
  • The governance and management of healthy university initiatives;
  • Research-based evidence about effective policies and strategies to enhance health, well-being, and resilience in a university environment.

b)  To receive and consider reports and plans that influence the health, well-being, and resilience of staff and students at the University of Otago.

c)  To consider and report on any matter concerning the healthy university environment referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor.

Key Tasks

  • Consult widely with staff, students and external stakeholders on current initiatives covering promotion, prevention and provision, and on possible strategies for the future.
  • Review the demographic makeup of the University Community.
  • Develop a Healthy University framework with priority for a campus-wide strategy that enhances the health, well-being and resilience of staff and students.
  • Promote a visible culture of valuing health and well-being within the University.
  • Support values and social systems that develop healthy identity, self-responsibility, and adaptability in members of the University community.
  • Prioritise for action the areas of mental health and sexual health in our University community.
  • Establish working groups for priority areas which draw on the expertise within the University.
  • Ensure that activities are best practice and align with the strategic direction of the University.
  • Develop strategic partnerships within key stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally, including Matariki and Health Promoting University networks.
  • Oversee implementation of initiatives within the framework that are resource effective including coordination of materials and expertise across support services, research and teaching to maximise benefits for students and staff.
  • Monitor and review the performance of the University in regard to health, well-being, and resilience.
  • As far as possible, evaluate new initiatives put in place.
  • Establish and regularly review a "work plan" for the Group.

Reporting

The Advisory Group reports to the Vice-Chancellor.  A summary of Advisory Group activity will be provided to the Vice-Chancellor annually.

Meeting Schedule

The Advisory Group will meet, at a minimum, quarterly.  Further meetings will be held as required.

Membership

Members are appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.

Members are able to serve two terms each of three years and, where appropriate, this can be extended to a final third term. 

Name

Department

Email

Current Membership

Dr John Adams (Convenor)Dunedin School of Medicinejohn.adams@otago.ac.nz
Ms Simone McNicholDivisional HR Manager, Human Resourcessimone.mcnichol@otago.ac.nz
Ms Andrea McMillanHead, Health & Safety Compliance, Human Resourcesandrea.mcmillan@otago.ac.nz
Dr Kim Ma'ia'iDirector, Student Health Serviceskim.maiai@otago.ac.nz
Mr Tuari PotikiDirector, Office of Maori Developmenttuari.potiki@otago.ac.nz
Ms Louise SignalDepartment of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellingtonlouise.signal@otago.ac.nz
Ms Karyn ThomsonDirector, Student Serviceskaryn.thomson@otago.ac.nz
Rev Greg HughsonUniversity Chaplaingreg.hughson@otago.ac.nz
Ms Christina Watson-MillsHead, Toroa Collegechristina.watson-mills@otago.ac.nz
Mr Jason CushenDeputy Director, International Officejason.cushen@otago.ac.nz
Mr Daniel PorterManager, Recreation Servicesdaniel.porter@otago.ac.nz
Ms Taotao LiColleges Officer, Otago University Students' Associationcolleges@ousa.org.nz
Ms Jacqui Bradshaw (Secretary)Executive Administrator, Otago Medical Schooljacqui.bradshaw@otago.ac.nz