Safety, Health 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 31 August to 11 October 2020.

  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 2020 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 eighteen universities across Australia will be participating in 2020 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 17, 2020.

Follow these steps to participate:

  • Go to the 'Sign Up' area of the 10,000 Steps website and enter your details (register as a participant). 
  • Once you have registered you will be taken to the dashboard and you should click on the message 'Join the Australasian University Health Challenge by entering your health measures and choosing your University'. Note that your health measures will not be available to anyone other than yourself.
  • 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.

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 at 8am. 1 hour session. Suitable for all levels. There is also the opportunity to join the group for coffee afterwards.
  • Campus Walk and Stretch. Every Thursday at 12.15pm.

Note: The meeting point for both is at the Recreation and Fitness Centre which provides changeroom facilities. Just show up and advise that you are participating in the Challenge. 

Participants will receive weekly Challenge updates and have a chance to win weekly prizes thanks to the University Club.

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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.