Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Australasian University Health Challenge

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Health challenge logoJoin the Australasian University Health Challenge running from 6 September to 17 October 2021.

  1. How it works
  2. Register
  3. Track steps

How it works and what is involved

A large portion of our adult lives are spent sitting, and it's easy in our busy days to let exercise drop down the list of priorities, even though we know it brings immense physical and mental health benefits.

If you've been meaning to get more active or improve your fitness, join the 2021 Challenge and motivate yourself to hit the 10,000 step daily target.  As part of the Challenge you are also able to set weight and waist circumference goals if you wish.

The Challenge is coordinated through 10,000 Steps and 19 universities across Australia will be participating this year to provide a fun and exciting inter-university competition.

You will need to provide your own pedometer or step tracking device/app to participate. Garmin and Fitbit products will be able to synch to the 10,000 Step website. Note that UWA will not be able to provide any devices. If you need to purchase a pedometer you can do so through the 10,000 Steps website. If required, suggestions of apps to track activity can be found on this website: Android or Apple.

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Registrations open Monday August 23, 2021.

Follow these steps to participate:

  • Go to the Australasian University Health Challenge page and scroll down to underneath the UWA logo and choose ' Join Challenge Team'
  • You then need to either sign up if you have never used 10,000 Steps before, or login if you have participated in previous 10,000 Steps challenges (such as this challenge last year). Note there are instructions at the very end of the webpage if you need.
  • Once you have registered please tick the box: 'I give permission for 10,000 Steps to provide my email address and name to my Health Challenge Team Coordinator'.
  • You should then be registered.

Important note:

  • This is an individual challenge so you cannot enter a team. We are not in a tournament so ignore any reference to that.
  • This is a staff only event, as we are unable to coordinate student participation.

Note that any technical issues with registration or operation of the website should be referred to 10,000 Steps support team.

Get moving and track your steps

Once registered and the Challenge has commenced you will be able to enter your steps - this can be done daily (ideal) or in a chunk if required. Fitbit and Garmin devices are able to synch step entry to the 10,000 Step website - otherwise manual entry will be required.

UWA Sport are on board to help you achieve your 10,000 steps. Each week the following free activities are on offer:

  • Running Club - every Tuesday @7.30am, 1 hour session. Meet at carpark 1 in front of the Recreation and Fitness Centre, suitable for all levels.
  • Campus walk and stretch - every Thursday at 12.15pm from Thursday 9th Sept - Thursday 14th October. Meet at the Recreation and Fitness Centre foyer.

Participants will have a chance to win a range of great prizes valued at over $1,000 thanks to UWA Sport, Bupa and The University Club including:

  • 1 x Garmin Vivosmart 4
  • 1 x Garmin Vivofit 4
  • 1 x 3-month gym membership (UWA Sport)
  • 2 x 10 class pass (UWA Sport)
  • 2 x 7-day free court hire passes (UWA Sport)
  • 2 x 14 gym class passes (UWA Sport)
  • 6 x $20 University Club vouchers

Prizes will be presented at the wrap-up event in October (details pending).

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Contact Sarina Hilton, Health & Wellbeing Officer on email [email protected] 

Note that any technical issues with registration or operation of the website should be referred to 10,000 Steps support team. A list of frequently asked questions and answers are available.