Health, safety and wellbeing
The Emergency information website provides information for all staff in the event of an emergency.
The Critical Incident Management Plan describes the arrangements in place to anticipate, prepare for and respond appropriately to emergencies. These arrangements range from the appointment of building and floor wardens, designated first aiders and critical incident management personnel through to the planning and execution of emergency response procedures.
Building and floor warden system
The Building and floor warden system enables buildings to be evacuated safely in the event of an emergency. Each building that houses staff and students has a building warden, a deputy building warden and floor wardens (usually two per floor or zone) who coordinate an evacuation when the alarm is sounded.
First aid arrangements
All campuses have staff trained in first aid to ensure help is available to staff and schools.
Join the Better Life Wellbeing online portal for access to interesting articles, tools, quizzes and online education programs for managing stress, nutrition and physical activity.
Once your profile is created you will receive a fortnightly HealthByte newsletter full of interesting resources. Make sure you complete the My Wellness Assessment as this customises your newsletter based on your interests and preferences.
Staff exercise classes
Improve your mind and body by joining the exclusive staff exercise classes available on each campus in 2017. By participating in regular exercise you will have:
- higher energy levels and better sleep
- Improved mental fitness and a happier outlook
- stronger bones, and
- a sharper mind
Classes will be run in 10 week blocks on each campus throughout the year. Registrations will open two weeks prior to commencement of each exercise block.
Any enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 9479 1788.
Lunchtime exercise classes are back with twice the number of classes from 2016. The first 10 week block kicks off March 6 to May 12.
Each class block is $30 in 2017 to give you access to double the amount of classes.
What you need to do:
- Check the timetable below and see which class/s you would like to attend
- Make and pay the $30 fee to the Sports Centre. Booking options:
- By visiting Sports Centre Reception
- By calling Sports Centre Reception on 9479 2973
- By following our one-stop online payment portal: https://latrobe.onestopsecure.com/OneStopWeb/EvTrips/menu
- Invite your colleagues to join.
Timetable - All classes are 40 minute duration in the Sports Centre
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- All classes are conducted by qualified health and fitness professionals
- Classes are conducted in your personal time and you should discuss with your manager prior to registering
- Always consult a medical practitioner before undergoing an exercise program
- Classes will not run on University holidays.
The second block of lunch time classes is running from March 6 to May 12 and the timetable is below.
Day & Time
Feel Good Fitness Centre
Group exercise room
Group exercise room
Group exercise room
Franklin & Collins St.
Yoga running Tuesday 7 March to April 4. Make a booking
2017 staff flu vaccinations
Be prepared this flu season by participating in the La Trobe University influenza vaccination program available free to all continuing, fixed-term and casual University staff.
Employees who are unable to attend the provided sessions can arrange an influenza vaccination through their local medical clinic or GP. Reimbursement for the vaccine (up to $30) will be made through electronic funds transfer by completing a payment request form and attaching your vaccination invoice, and submitting to La Trobe Health and Safety at email@example.com
|Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus|
Location: Odeon room, Level 1, Union Building
NOTE: The booking confirmation will read Corner of Kingsbury Drive and Plenty Road but appointments on the 19th & 26th are in the Odeon room.
If you are unable to make these dates on campus you can also book for free at the La Trobe Medical Centre on (03) 9473 8885. Make sure you inform reception that you are La Trobe university staff.
To book follow the steps below
You will be emailed a confirmation of your appointment and can update this at any time.
Bookings in the Odeon room will receive a SMS reminder one day prior to appointment.
For any technical problems making an appointment contact the La Trobe Medical Centre on (03) 9473 8885
|Flu vaccines for Bendigo campus staff are held by appointment at the campus medical clinic. Please contact Gloria Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 5444 7770.|
|City and Franklin Street Campuses|
|Onsite flu vaccinations are not available for the City and Franklin Street campuses. If you are interested in obtaining a vaccination please see details above on obtaining reimbursement for your flu vaccine through your preferred medical provider.|
|Onsite flu vaccinations for the A-W Campus will be administered on Friday, 21 April from 12:00 to 1:00pm. Further information will be communicated directly to the campus.|
Onsite flu vaccinations for the Mildura Campus will be administered on Friday April 7th at 12:00 noon in room BGR135. Mildura Rural City Council will administer the vaccinations.
Flu vaccines for Shepparton staff will be administered on Wednesday, 12 April. Staff will be provided full details through the Shepparton campus all-staff email.
The Better Life series of workshops have been developed with expert partners to form a series of engaging workshops across popular topic areas. Each workshop offers a mix of theory and practical experience to give participants the tools and knowledge to apply to their situation.
Regional campuses contact the Wellbeing Manager to organise a workshop at your site (minimum of 6 participants)
The Better Back program is an Exercise Physiologist designed sustainable back health education session with a balance between theory and practical application. For more information download the brochure.
Next workshop at Melbourne campus:
|Date||24th of April & 1st of May||27th of September and 4th of October||19th & 26th of July|
|Time||12:00 - 1:00pm||12:00 - 1:00pm||12:00 - 1:00pm|
|Location||Sports Centre Seminar Room||Sports Centre Seminar Room||Sports Centre Seminar Room|
Register your interest with the Wellbeing Manager
Act on purpose: Mindfulness and value-driven action
This evidence-based four session workshop program introduces you to two skills that will help you to:
- increase self-awareness and enhance your well-being;
- connect to a sense of meaning and purpose;
- achieve significant, sustained, effective behavioural change;
- and improve performance and productivity.
The workshop program is based on Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), used in a range corporate and public sector organisations to enhance workers' well-being and performance.
|Date||May 2, 9, 16 & 23rd|
|Location||George Singer Building 212|
Register your interest with the Wellbeing Manager
We are all faced with many challenges on a daily basis and at La Trobe we want your wellbeing to be a priority. Seek assistance form our confidential support services.
Free and confidential, short-term support program for a wide variety of work-related and personal problems. Call 1300 687 327
Manager Assist is a confidential support service designed specifically for line managers, project/team leaders and supervisors. Call 1300 687 327
Offering a range of services for students, staff and their families who want to make changes in their life and enhance their wellbeing.
The GP Clinic at La Trobe provides bulk billing for La Trobe University students and staff. International students with Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) card may also access these services at no additional cost.
Wherever you work, having a workstation set up in the right way means you can perform your work comfortably and effectively while reducing fatigue and the risk of injury.
Screen placement, chair adjustment, keyboard and mouse positioning all contribute to a safe and comfortable workstation.
Workstation assessments should always be undertaken whenever:
- an employee starts in a new role or location;
- the employee's tasks have changed significantly;
- new equipment is provided, and
- an employee is experiencing health problems as a result of a possible ergonomic situation.
If you have experienced pain or discomfort and believe it is related to your workstation speak with your immediate supervisor, complete an incident report and Health & Safety will be in contact with you.
Completing a workstation assessment
Follow these 4 steps when setting up a workstation, requiring an adjustment and maintaining a healthy work environment.
1. Look after your body
Our bodies are made to move and days at the desk in a restricted position can lead to injuries if proper care is not taken. The best way to ensure your working day is productive and comfortable is to move often. Implement these techniques:
- get up from your workstation every 20-30 minutes, go for a walk or do some stretches;
- try the Printer Better Shape up when waiting for the printer;
- access the Guardian Ergonomic EOS™ software to remind you to move every 20 minutes. To do this complete the Guardian Ergonomic Office Software request under Software on the ICT Service Catalogue. The ICT Service Desk will contact you to install the software.
2. Complete a self-assessment check list
To set up your workstation correctly yourself, use the following check lists:
If the self-assessment indicates that you need any changes or modifications to your workstation, do so to alleviate any problems.
3. Arrange an ergonomic assessment
If step 1 and 2 are followed and still find the workstation to be uncomfortable a professional ergonomic assessment can be arranged to assess the workstation and provide adjustments and recommendations. This assessment will be at the expense of the College or Division, as will any additional equipment recommendations made.
Assessments can be arranged by contacting La Trobe Health and Safety on 9479 2462 for assistance.
4. Provision of assistive devices
All costs for assistive devices are to be purchased through your department and must be approved by your Head of School/ Head of Department or Senior manager.
Assistive devices require the employee to obtain a medical certificate outlining the related health condition and recommendations. Based on the medical professionals recommendations towards the ergonomic injury.
Standing work stations
Fall under assistive devices and provision of these require a medical certificate outlining the health condition and recommendations of use for the standing work station. Step 1 and Step 2 should be completed prior to seeking a standing station.
The cost of these stations comes from your department and must be approved by the Head of School/ Head of Department or Senior manager.
Standing work stations can be sourced from either:
Better Back Program
The Better Back program is an Exercise Physiologist designed 90 minute sustainable back health education session with a balance between theory and practical application.
These sessions are ideal for someone with a current back issue or wants a better understanding of how the body works, how to manage an injury and how to prevent an injury. Download the brochure to find out more.
La Trobe Health Fund
Welcome to the enhanced La Trobe University Health Plan.
One size doesn't always fit all. That's why the new La Trobe Health Plan provides you with access to hundreds of policies and policy combinations from a range of fundsincluding corporate deals with HCF, GMHBA and BUPA.
If you haven't reviewed your cover for a while, your situation has changed or don't really understand your current policy, The La Trobe Health Plan can offer you great value cover and save you money.
Watch this video to understand the benefits of going to a Choosewell advisor.
To book a consult with a Choosewell advisor email email@example.com or call 1800 808 026.
Resources & tools
Black Dog Institute - world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Beyond Blue - provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Sane Australia - mental health fact sheets and podcasts.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free and confidential, short-term support program for a wide variety of work-related and personal problems.
The program is available to all employees of La Trobe University and their immediate families (living under the same roof).
You can refer yourself at any time (24 hours, 7 days a week) or a referral can be initiated through:
Download the information flyer to find out more.
How to access the EAP
Call 1300 OUR EAP (1300 687 327) to access EAP. Consultants are contactable through a 24-hour 7-days-a-week pager service.
The EAP web portal (Username: latrobe and Password: latrobe [all lowercase]) provides additional information on a variety of services, including:
- EAP intake processes
- Healthy living tips
- Ezine articles
- Management coaching tools
What the EAP can help you with
An EAP can provide assistance in the following areas:
- Work-related issues
- Interpersonal conflicts
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Relationships and family issues
- Financial and legal difficulties
- Drug, alcohol and other dependency problems
- Critical incident/post trauma counselling
- Grief and loss
How an EAP consultant can help:
- Assess the issues concerning you
- Provide counseling, coaching and education to deal with these issues
- Identify options and alternatives for problem resolution
- Facilitate referrals for longer term assistance where required
What to remember about EAP
- EAP is confidential
The program maintains complete confidentiality for all who access the service. A consultant will not communicate issues unless authorised by the individual.
- EAP is free
EAP is free to employees and immediate family members (under the same roof). Where an individual is referred to an external support service, the cost incurred is the responsibility of the employee.
- EAP is voluntary
The employee decides whether or not to access the EAP.
- Using EAP will not jeopardise your job
The aim of the EAP is to assist the individual without jeopardising employment conditions, job security or career opportunities.
For further information contact La Trobe Health and Safety at (03) 9479 2462.
For general enquiries
T: (03) 9479 2462 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Spomenka Krizmanic||Manager, Health, Safety & Environment||03 9479 2186|
|Van Hoang||HSE Consultant College of SHE||03 9479 5424|
|Paul Gablonski||HSE Consultant Central Services||03 9479 2612|
|Sarah Loads||HSE Consultant College of ASSC||03 9479 1154|
|Rob Trentin||Injury Management Services||03 9479 2101|
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