University Health Promotion Program - Section contents

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 health and wellbeing among its student community.

The Program supports student wellbeing by leading health promotion programs, 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 team includes staff and a selective student body who are passionate about encouraging greater wellbeing across the UoM student community. Student roles are recruited annually at the start of each calendar year.

To learn more, email: health-promotion@unimelb.edu.au

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.

Find out more about healthy eating on campus.

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.

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: