Edith Cowan University

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Workplace Profile

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large multi-campus university serving communities in Western Australia with a significant cohort of international students. With more than 3,000 staff including full time and casual staff, ECU has a large and diverse workforce, extending beyond the metropolitan area. 

Health and Wellbeing Profile

ECU’s workplace health and wellbeing program, titled Live Life Longer, is coordinated by a Human Resources Policy Adviser and supported by the Health and Wellness Working Party and a network of 'wellness innovators’ in each school and centre. 

Planning

The Live Life Longer program has been running since 2009 and covers a wide range of wellbeing initiatives, such as smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and mental health. Action planning is undertaken every 12 months to identify key strategies and health risk areas. Staff consultation is undertaken to gather feedback regarding previous and proposed health and wellbeing activities. These activities then guide the development of an annual wellness calendar of events for all staff to participate in.

We make sure that each year there are new initiatives to keep the program fresh and rely on our 1,000+ Live Life Longer 'legends' to encourage colleagues to be proactive about their health and wellbeing,” explains program manager Fiona Peters, HR Policy Adviser Wellness and Benefits.

Health and Wellbeing Achievements

ECU's workplace health and wellbeing program includes the following activities and initiatives: 

  • Dedicated staff wellness portal enabling staff to have access to health information 24/7 which includes online self-paced programs includingStress Less for Life, 10 weeks to Fit and Eat Well be Well
  • Free education sessions including cooking demonstrations, healthy eating and physical activity sessions to give staff practical skills to make healthy lifestyle changes
  • Smoke-free workplace policy supported by access to on campus General Practitioners
  • Flexible working policy, end of trip facilities and corporate smart rides to encourage staff to be physically active whilst at work 
  • 1,000+ Live Life Longer ‘legends’ wellness champions
  • Annual bike to work events, with free healthy breakfasts, bike workshops and bike maintenance checks
  • Wellness Expos and targeted monthly men’s and women’s Business lunches with guest speakers
  • One-on-one health risk assessments and flu vaccinations
  • Access to ECU’s on-campus sport and fitness facilities with a range of ongoing lunchtime exercise classes including yoga and circuit training
  • An online 10-week exercise program, ongoing on-campus activity challenges and promotion of community physical activity events 
  • Sit to stand work stations 
  • Staff encouraged to take regular breaks from sedentary work with ‘Break away from your desk’ campaign (which includes healthy eating information and free lunch cooler bag)

 

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Industry Education and Training
Workplace size 200+
Location Joondalup, Mount Lawley and Bunbury
Professor Arshad Omari ECU Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

"The health and wellness of our staff is vital in us achieving our goals."


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