Physical wellbeing and safety are vital in order to maximise work, research and study experience and success. Outlined below are some ways that we encourage those in the AC community to look after their physical health. Important strategies for keeping healthy include:
- maintaining a healthy lifestyle by keeping active;
- understanding how to appropriately set up your workstation or study desk;
- take regular breaks from the computer to stretch;
- eating a balanced diet;
- ensuring an appropriate work-rest balance;
- getting a good night’s sleep; and
- staying connected with friends and loved ones.
Sport Australia contributes to improving the health and wellbeing of Australians and making communities stronger through sport and physical activity.
Social events organised throughout the semester are a great way for students to make new friends, and interact with staff socially. There are also opportunities to join social sports activities, such as Frisbee in the park and table tennis competitions. See your State Director or campus support staff for more details.
AC CAMPUSES ARE SMOKE-FREE
As part of AC’s commitment to provide healthier environments, all AC campuses are smoke-free. We recognise that people have a personal choice to smoke, but we recognise the right for those in the AC community who do not smoke to work and study in an environment free from second-hand smoke. If you wish to smoke, you will need to go off-campus, beyond the campus boundaries.
For serious accidents and emergency medical situations call 000 for an ambulance. For other health services, the Student Services Office can provide you with contact details of local medical centres and General Practitioners (GP) in your area. If you require specialised treatment a GP will refer you to a specialist. If you need to see a doctor after hours but not in an emergency, call the National Home Doctor Service on 13 74 25. All public hospitals have emergency departments which operate 24 hours.
As noted in the First Aid Policy, first aid is defined as the initial care of an ill or injured person. AC is committed to providing first aid support, facilities and supplies to ensure care is available on AC campuses in emergencies. The Workplace Health and Safety Committee, which is a subcommittee of Executive Committee, ensures the following for all staff, students, volunteers and site visitors across AC campuses:
- provision of and ready access to adequate and appropriate first aid equipment;
- trained first aid personnel, information and resources;
- appropriate training for Department Heads to ensure policy compliance;
- emergency procedures and equipment are in place for high risk activities;
- regular review of first aid compliance and incident reports;
- corrective action is implemented for all incidents and accidents involving first aid.
The Workplace Health and Safety Committee assesses the level of risk with regards to the first aid equipment required at the workplace in accordance with the relevant government legislation.
Persons in charge of field trips or professional experience placements are responsible for:
- conducting a risk assessment to ensure appropriate first aid equipment is provided;
- determining the need for and level of training for first aid personnel;
- ensuring the First Aid Incident Report Form is completed if required.
If ever you need to report a First Aid incident, please do so here: