Healthy Sydney University is a university-wide initiative that brings students and staff together to promote the health and wellbeing of our community.
We work towards the University being a health promoting university. A health promoting university is one that embeds health in the everyday business of a university through its education, research, community engagement and organisational culture.
We believe a healthy university supports healthy people, builds healthy places, develops healthy policies and implements healthy practices to support our students, staff and the broader community.
We aim to develop projects and initiatives in collaboration with students and staff across all levels of the organisation, informed by our five guiding principles and the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.
Healthy Sydney University is based in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub and chaired by Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. The Chair is supported by an executive group of academic and professional leaders from across the University.
Healthy Sydney University also has three working groups of students and staff who pursue initiatives and strategies relating to the areas of interest for a health promoting university: mental health and wellbeing (including alcohol and tobacco); physical activity, movement and active travel; and nutrition and healthy food environments.
The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment. As such, smoking is not permitted on University campuses, except within designated smoking areas. Read our Smoke-free Environment Policy (pdf, 320KB) for more information.
Smoking areas are clearly marked, and smoking is only allowed in the immediate vicinity of the "Smoking Area" sign. Ashtrays are provided for cigarette butts. You can find smoking areas for each campus on the relevant campus maps – just select “Smoking areas” under “Amenities”.
Thank you for helping to keep our campuses smoke-free.
The Student Mental Wellbeing Strategy (pdf, 840KB) has been developed through a consultative process with key subject matter experts and stakeholders including the Brain and Mind Centre, the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the School of Psychology, the National Centre for Cultural Competence, Student Support Services, and student organisations.
The framework of the strategy draws on a collection of well-known blueprints for mental health promotion and spans the following themes: