University Health Promotion Program

Juggling study, work and a social life can be challenging for students. Looking after your physical, mental, social and sexual 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 evidence-based campaigns and activities on campus, and ensuring students are aware of the wellbeing support and services on offer at the University.

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).

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 improve the Health Promotion Program.

Student Health Promotion Consultants and Peer Health Advocates are recruited annually at the start of each calendar year. Recruitment for 2021 is now closed. Please email for more information.

Peer Health Advocates (PHAs)

  • About the role

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

    The PHAs 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.

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

  • Meet some PHAs!

    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.

    Photo of Tanvi, a Master of Public health student

    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.

    Photo of Nick, a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology student

    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.

    Photo of Bridget, a Master of Public health student

What's on

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

  • Healthy food tours

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

    2021 tours dates will be available soon.

    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

  • Healthy eating seminars

    Do you want to learn more about healthy eating? Are you confused with all the misleading healthy eating information out there?

    Register today to learn how you can eat nutritious and tasty food from a Dietician. Morning tea provided. Bookings essential.

    2021 seminar dates will be available soon.

    Note: registrations open one week prior to each tour.

    “Very good session, the teacher was helpful and patient.” – Student participant

  • Cooking demonstrations

    Do you want to learn how to cook easy, healthy and tasty food and meet new people?

    Come along to a cooking demonstration by a Dietician and be inspired! Light lunch is provided. Bookings essential.

    2021 demonstration dates will be available soon.

    Note: registrations open one week prior to each tour.

  • Safer Sex Practices Program

    A free contraceptive 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 get them delivered to you.

    Find out more and place your order

  • Managing mental health

    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, it may bring challenges as well, 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).

  • Healthy eating on campus

    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.

  • Wellbeing during exams

    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 (PDF 679.8 KB).

  • Smoke-free campus

    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.

  • Dental Health

    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

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: