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University Health Promotion Program | Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne is conducting the University Health Promotion Program which aims to improve and support students’ health and wellbeing. The program does this by leading evidence-based campaigns and activities on campus, and helping students to be aware of the wellbeing support and services available at the University.


Healthier students, healthier communities

Juggling study, work and a social life can be both fun and challenging when you’re at university. Looking after your physical, mental, social, and sexual wellbeing is important. Watch the video below for some advice from current students here at the University of Melbourne.


Why is health and wellbeing important?

There are many reasons for taking care of your health and wellbeing. Here’s some of what we know:

  • 64.2% of university students described academic experiences as ‘very’ or ‘extremely stressful’ (National Tertiary Student Wellbeing Survey 2016)
  • 80% of both local and international students report feeling at least a little concerned about their current mental or emotional state (Towards a Health Promoting University, 2020)
  • 75% of chlamydia rates are among people aged 15-29 years (Kirby Institute, 2018)
  • 1 in 7 university students experience food insecurity, and 1 in 4 Indigenous university students experience hunger (Universities Australia, 2018)

Wellbeing is about maintaining a positive state of mind and attitude towards yourself, relationships and experiences at and beyond university. It’s about looking after important aspects of your life that help you to live, feel, and study well – 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

We’re a team of students and staff who work towards greater health and wellbeing across the student community at the University of Melbourne.

Peer Health Advocates and Project Assistants are recruited annually at the start of each calendar year. Applications for 2022 PHAs are now closed, please keep an eye out for further volunteering opportunities. To get in contact please e-mail us at [email protected]


Further Information

Visit the University Health Promotion Program website to see What’s On and how to participate.



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