October is Mental Health Month in NSW. At UNSW it will be Health and Wellbeing Month and we are celebrating with a variety of events across the month.

There will be five special events during the month, as well as two weekly events and two seminars. Some of the events below require registration, so please visit our Eventbrite page.

If you'd like to download a poster of all the Health and Wellbeing Month events, click here.

Special Events



PIP Mindfulness Challenge

Wednesday 3 October, 10am – 3pm, Tyree Building Foyer

Wednesday 31 October, 10am – 3pm,  Chancellery Committee Room 2

The PIP device determines your relaxation levels via a handheld device called the PIP. Whilst sitting in a beanbag and wearing headphones during a 2-minute meditation exercise on an iPad, you will learn to identify when you are feeling stressed and how you can calm yourself.

On Wednesday 3 October we will be in the Tyree Building Foyer (between the two solar cars) and on Wednesday 31 October we will be in The Chancellery, Committee Room 2. 

No booking required, just drop in!  



Health Kiosk

10 October – 24 October – Mathews Pavilions

25 October – 2 November – Law Building Foyer

The health kiosk is about the size of a photo booth and allows you to conduct a health self-check. You can find out your height, weight, BMI, body fat percentage, blood pressure and resting heart rate and have these details emailed or texted to you, or receive a printout on the spot. 

We have chosen two locations, one on upper campus and one on lower campus, so that everyone can have a go!

No booking required, just drop in.

Smoothie Bikes 

Tuesday 16 October, 10am – 12pm, Library Walkway

With Ride2Work Day coming up on 17 October, we have organised Smoothie Bikes from Bike n' Blend to get us all in the mood for a Ride2Work the next day.

Come to the Library walkway (in front of the Library) from 10am until 12pm and you can blend your own healthy smoothie by jumping on one of the special bikes.



Ride2Work Day

Wednesday 17 October, 8am – 10am, outside JG’s near Science Lawn

In 2018, Ride2Work Day is on Wednesday 17 October. Thousands of Australians will embrace active travel and ride their bikes to work on this day to celebrate.

Why don’t you try it too – then join us from 8am – 10am outside JG’s Café for breakfast and some tips from the UNSW Bike Club and Bike-ology.

Safety and Wellbeing Celebration

Wednesday 24 October, 12pm - 2pm, Mathews Pavilions

The annual Safety and Wellbeing Celebration is our way of saying thank you to all Health & Safety Representatives, those staff who are members of a building emergency team and our Wellbeing Champions. We also celebrate those who participated in the Global Challenge this year.

Global Challenge Awards Ceremony begins at 1pm including prizes for the most improved individual, most improved team and more. Prizes to be used across campus will be awarded amongst UNSW emergency teams.

Fantastic lucky door prizes are to be won and a lovely lunch will be provided. Registration is essential to enter the lucky door prize draw and registrations will close on Wednesday 17 October. 

Register here.






Weekly Events



Tai Chi

Tuesday 9 October, 12pm-1pm, Ainsworth Building, Room 201

Tuesday 16 October, 12pm-1pm, Law Building, Room 101

Tuesday 23 October, 12pm-1pm, Mathews Building, Room 104

Tuesday 30 October, 12pm-1pm, Webster Building, Room 250

In October we will once again host Angela Zhu for four sessions of Tai Chi - Angela Zhu is a Qi Gong and Tai Chi Instructor accredited by Kung Fu Wushu NSW Inc.

There is significant evidence of the health benefits of Tai Chi, from more than 500 trials and 120 systematic reviews which have been published over the past 45 years. Tai Chi has been shown to improve balance and aerobic capacity, as well as increase wellbeing and improve sleep. 

Don't miss this opportunity to try it out! Classes in October are offered free, at lunchtime, and are suitable for everyone. The classes are offered indoors in a different location each week across both upper and lower Kensington campus. No special clothing or mats are required and you will not get sweaty. 

Come and join us – book here!



Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday 3, 10, 17, 31 October, 1.30pm-2.30pm

Experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation and learn a valuable stress relief technique to improve your mental fitness.

Laura Kampel from CAPS is back with her ever-popular meditation sessions for Health and Wellbeing Month in October. There are four sessions across the month. 

Book here and be quick – they will go fast!





Benestar Seminar - Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Thursday 18 October, 12pm-1pm, CLB 3

Conducted by Benestar, this fascinating seminar will help you:

  • Learn some facts and beliefs about sleep and understand particular sleep problems 
  • Overcome blocks to achieving a good night’s sleep 
  • Discuss practical strategies that will aid good sleep patterns 
  • Learn relaxation skills and other hints for success 

 Book here!


UniSuper Seminar – Super – a Vehicle for Your Retirement and Demystifying Financial Advice

Wednesday 31 October, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Webster Theatre A

This financial wellbeing seminar is the last in a series of five that have been held during 2018.

Covering two topics that tend to be big gaps in people’s knowledge, this seminar will be a fantastic wrap-up to what has been an extremely popular series of seminars from UniSuper.