Victoria University & Western Health

We have partnered with Victoria University who want to support our staff through access to their health and wellbeing sessions.  All Western Health staff have access to the programs and topics through following the links. There are also school holiday programs available.


Due to popular demand, we are continuing with another 4 week series of the sessions. This series we have called Bring it Back – Restoring and Healing for wellbeing.

We will be visiting topics and activities that focus on bringing us back to places of connectedness, joy and routines that support our wellbeing. We will of course be revisiting our exercise snack sessions, and our quiz/sing a long Fridays.

Sessions will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am (and repeated at 4pm) and begin today 4th October.

11am Elevenses sessions and 4pm Elevenses sessions

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 0859 4726
Passcode: 884248

A team of university experts in the field of psychology, physical activity, and mental health developed the VU Elevenses program. The team is led by Professor Alex Parker, a clinical psychologist and researcher in the Institute for Health and Sport.

For part of 2020, the VU Elevenses sessions were held live on weekday mornings from 11–11.15am. Favourite sessions are now available on demand on a number of platforms. The sessions focus on a range of topics with only one aim: to improve the wellbeing of participants.

The topics most often address one of six lifestyle medicine areas:

  • healthy eating
  • healthy relationships
  • improving sleep
  • physical activity
  • reducing alcohol intake
  • stress management.

The name, Elevenses, was inspired by Michael Bond’s famous Paddington Bear, who enjoyed daily 11am chats with his friend Mr Gruber. While the title of the program is whimsical, the initiative impacts its audience in profound ways.

“We know that the program has significantly reduced participant’s experience of depression, anxiety and stress.”

“The sessions are made up of mini-interventions and strategies to help people manage and maintain wellbeing during this pandemic. We focus on ways to nurture ourselves and our loved ones, how to better manage such a massive disruption and most importantly, how to avoid being overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic”, said Professor Parker.