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Juggling study, work and a social life can be challenging for students. Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is important to stay happy and motivated whilst studying at university.

About the Health Promotion program

The University of Melbourne Health Promotion program promotes and supports student health and wellbeing by leading campaigns and activities on campus, and ensuring students are aware of the wellbeing support and services on offer at the University.

The team

The Health Promotion program is run by a team of staff and students who are passionate about encouraging greater wellbeing across the entire University student community.

  • Peer Health Advocates design campaigns and deliver programs around campus. See below for more information.
  • Student Health Promotion Consultants work behind the scenes to design programs and develop the Health Promotion Program.

Student Health Promotion Consultants and Peer Health Advocates are recruited annually at the start of each calendar year. Please email health-promotion@unimelb.edu.au for more information.

What's on

Check out some of the latest initiatives and events below to see how you can get involved.

UoM Health Promotion hosts Healthy Food Tours with alternating locations at the famous Queen Victoria Market and local supermarkets. Students are guided by a registered Bupa dietician who explores the basics on eating healthy and sustainable food, and provides practical advice for buying, preparing and cooking healthy food.

Note: registrations open one week prior to each tour.

"I had not been before [Queen VIC Market] so now I feel more confident in going there to shop for fruits and veggies on my own." – Student participant

“[I learnt] more about healthy eating and eliminating some misconceptions that I had.” – Student participant

A free 30-minute health check with a Bupa Nurse.

Find out more and book.

A free condom distribution program to help you practice safer sex. Order safer sex products (male condoms, female condoms, lubricant and dental dams) through an online form and discretely collect from a locker on campus.

Find out more and place your order.

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is essential to being your best at The University of Melbourne. Life at university can be exciting and interesting, as well as bring challenges, such as adjusting to a new environment and the general stress of student life.

Listen to some of our students about how they manage their mental health and wellbeing whilst studying.

Find out more about the services and information available at the University of Melbourne Counseling and Psychological Service (CAPS).

The University of Melbourne is improving the healthy food and beverage options on campus. You may have noticed healthier products in the vending machines and a traffic light labeling system to help make the healthiest choice the easiest choice.

These changes are part of the Victorian Government Healthy Choices Guidelines.

The exam period can be a stressful time for students. Sometimes self-care habits such as regular exercise and healthy eating are forgotten, or not prioritised. The UoM Health Promotion program hosts library wellbeing pop-ups during SWOTVAC. Follow the Stop 1 Facebook page for details closer to the campaign.

In the meantime, find out more about managing your stress at exam time.

The University of Melbourne is a completely smoke-free and tobacco-free campus.

For more information, see the Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Campuses Policy.

Practising good oral health, regular dental check-ups and the proper treatment of any dental issues helps to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Look after your teeth and they'll look after you!

UoM students can access affordable dental care at the Melbourne Dental Clinic. The ‘one-stop-shop’ offers all the dental specialties in the one place with access to state of the art equipment.

Book now

Peer Health Advocates (PHAs)

The Peer Health Advocates (PHAs) are a group of students from a variety of Faculties who share a passion for health and wellness.

They aim to:

  • Promote healthy, active lifestyles in a positive, fun and engaging way
  • Raise awareness about the UoM health and wellbeing services
  • Plan health and wellbeing events and projects
  • Attend training, such as Mental Health First Aid
  • Learn about the latest health information, initiatives and services.

The program has grown from 17 Peer Health Advocates in its first year (2018) to 30 students in 2019.

You'll catch the PHAs at a range of events and campaigns such as O-Week, Respect Week, R U OK Day, Mental Health Week, SWOTVAC Wellbeing and many more!

Tanvi, Master of Public Health

Why did you become a Peer Health Advocate?

I am very passionate about having a health-conscious environment around me, therefore I wanted to be a peer health advocate to promote the importance of having a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Face shot of one of the PHAs (Tanvi);

Nick, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

What is the best thing about being a Peer Health Advocate?

Engaging students! It is wonderful to witness increasing health awareness around the campus – to see people talking and thinking about our lifestyle and forming solutions to tackle obstacles at university.

Face shot of one of the PHAs (Nick)

Bridget, Master of Public Health

What is your top health/wellbeing tip for students?

Plan breaks and time for self-care while studying. Having time to process information is just as important as the actual learning.

Face shot of one of the PHAs (Bridget);

Daniel, Master of Public Health

What is your top health/well-being tip for students?

University is always going to be stressful and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and consumed with classes and assignments. A tip to reducing stress is good time management. Planning your time well so you can balance studies, work and personal time are pivotal to maintaining a clear head.

Face shot of one of the PHAs (Daniel)

Why health promotion?

Did you know:

  • 1 in 7 university students experience food insecurity, and 1 in 4 Indigenous university students experience hunger (Universities Australia, 2018)
  • 75% of Chlamydia rates are among people aged 15-29 years (Kirby Institute, 2018)
  • 64.2% of students described academic experiences as ‘very’ or ‘extremely stressful’ (National Tertiary Student Wellbeing Survey 2016)

Healthy wellbeing is about maintaining a positive state of mind and attitudes towards yourself, relationships and experiences at and beyond university. It’s about looking after important aspects of overall wellbeing, including healthy eating, mental health and sexual health. Studies have shown that positive student wellbeing has been linked with improved academic performance and outcomes (Ansari & Stock, 2010).

Health and wellbeing services on campus

Juggling study, work and a social life can be challenging. Your physical and mental wellbeing is important during this time to stay happy and motivated. Make sure you are aware of the support services on offer at the University: