Health and Wellbeing

For additional information on Staff Wellbeing please visit the HR Intranet.

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offers staff members access to voluntary, confidential, safe and professional counselling assistance.

At UC our staff are valuable to us, and we recognise that at times both personal and workrelated problems can interfere with our work life. EAP offers a way for individuals to work through and resolve those problems.

The EAP service is free (for up to three sessions per issue) and is available to all continuing staff members, and fixed term staff members who are employed for six months or more.

Health Centre

Located on campus, the University Health Centre provides excellent medical and related services to the students, staff and the wider community of the University. Counselling services for students are also available. The Centre aims to provide services that are affordable, accessible and of high quality. Travel vaccinations, smoking cessation and free flu jabs are just an example of the services that are available to staff at UC.

Health Insurance

The University of Canterbury values the health and wellbeing of its staff and has a Group Health Insurance Scheme with Southern Cross, a private healthcare group. This is available to all continuing staff members and those on Fixed Term Agreements exceeding two years in duration. The scheme provides discounted premium for you, your spouse and children. If you are interested in joining, or you are an existing Southern Cross member and would like to transfer, see the attached for further information or contact Southern Cross directly and state that you require information (or an appointment) about the University of Canterbury's Group Health Insurance Scheme. Phone: (0800) 800-181.

See this Southern Cross Flyer (PDF) for more information for UC staff.

Eye Tests

If you use a Visual Display Unit for 50% or more of your work, you may be eligible for a subsidised eye test and further contribution towards any necessary lenses.

Ruahinetanga : Menopause at Work

Kia tairangatia ngā take ruahinetanga me he āhuru mōwai   
Promote a culture that is inclusive and menopause-friendly 

The University of Canterbury offers guidance and support to staff about menopause at work.  This includes information on the potential impacts (both physically and psychologically), a handbook for people leaders (PDF), and practical ideas to increase health and wellbeing at work.  We also have a number of UC staff as Kaihāpai Ruahinetanga | Menopause Supporters who are available for a confidential, understanding chat whenever needed.

Further information can be found on the Ruahinetanga : Menopause at Work intranet site (staff only).