"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.
- 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.
The Advisory Group reports to the Vice-Chancellor. A summary of Advisory Group activity will be provided to the Vice-Chancellor annually.
The Advisory Group will meet, at a minimum, quarterly. Further meetings will be held as required.
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.
|Dr John Adams (Convenor)||Dunedin School of Medicinefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Simone McNichol||Divisional HR Manager, Human Resourcesemail@example.com|
|Ms Andrea McMillan||Head, Health & Safety Compliance, Human Resourcesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Kim Ma'ia'i||Director, Student Health Servicesemail@example.com|
|Ms Louise Signal||Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellingtonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Karyn Thomson||Director, Student Servicesemail@example.com|
|Rev Greg Hughson||University Chaplainfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Christina Watson-Mills||Head, Toroa Collegeemail@example.com|
|Mr Jason Cushen||Deputy Director, International Officefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Damian Scarf||Department of Psychologyemail@example.com|
|Associate Professor Jan Mckenzie||Department of the Dean, University of Otago, Christchurchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Daniel Porter||Manager, Recreation Servicesemail@example.com|
|Mr Kirio Birks||Postgrad Officer, Otago University Students' Associationfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ms Abigail Clark||Welfare Officer, Otago University Students' Associationemail@example.com|
|Ms Jacqui Bradshaw (Secretary)||Executive Administrator, Otago Medical Schoolfirstname.lastname@example.org|