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Canterbury Healthy Workplaces Update: April 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: health, workplace, promotion, safety, newsletter

Canterbury DHB.With autumn on our doorstep, one of the things you can do to stay well is to get a flu vaccination. You’ll find a few other tips on how to help your employees be prepared in this April update.

Contact Healthy Workplaces and WorkWell Advisor Ann Vanschevensteen at Community and Public Health for more information on anything in this update (378 6781 or ann.vanschevensteen[at]

Fight the flu – get immunised

Influenza (the flu) spreads easily and up to 1 in 5 of us come in contact with the flu every year.

Having staff away from work because they have caught the flu can be very costly for your organisation: in 2014, the average total cost for an absent employee was $616. Research shows that employees who have been vaccinated have up to 45 percent fewer lost workdays.

Providing free or subsidised flu vaccinations are a relatively inexpensive way of enhancing your workplace wellbeing and can reduce absenteeism.

How your organisation can fight the flu

The most effective thing you can do is offer (free or subsidised) immunisation to your staff. This can be done by using a workplace vaccinator, your local GP or your local pharmacy.

  • A workplace vaccinator can come in to your place to administer the vaccine with minimal interruption to your productivity. Often they can be scheduled to work in with your company’s needs such as shift work timetables. The cost varies depending on your number of employees but is usually around $30 per person.
    Find a Workplace Vaccinator near your workplace.
  • A GP can also offer flu vaccines. Some GP services also offer walk-in vaccination services, or can even arrange workplace visits and these range from $24 to $45 per vaccination.
    Find a GP in your area if employees don’t have a (regular) GP yet.
  • Some pharmacies also offer flu vaccinations. Flu vaccinations at a pharmacy cost between $30 and $45 per person. You could consider setting up an account at one of the vaccinating pharmacies so all your employees need to do is turn up. Some pharmacies even offer a free coffee while your employees are waiting! Have a chat with one of the vaccinating pharmacies – some can also arrange to come over to your workplace to vaccinate people.
    Find your local vaccinating pharmacy.

Remember that some people in your workplace can get a free flu vaccination such as pregnant women and those over 65.

Spread the word, not the flu

Even if your organisation is not able to offer a (free or subsidised) influenza vaccination programme, it is still a good idea to promote and encourage getting the ‘flu jab’ among your staff.

Here are some tips on how to run a successful flu vaccination programme:Influenza (the flu) spreads easily and up to 1 in 5 of us come in contact with the flu every year.

  • Develop an immunisation policy, or include an immunisation policy in a standard employee wellbeing policy.
  • Provide facilities for hand hygiene (soap and hand washing facilities, alcohol hand gels and hand towels) and encouraging staff to practice good personal hygiene.
  • Practice environmental infection control such as making sure that work surfaces, communal bathrooms and eating areas are regularly cleaned.
  • Appoint an Immunisation Champion to organise and promote your vaccination programme by using email reminders, posters and flyers in high traffic areas such as cafeterias, locker rooms, and staff meeting areas.
  • Offer staff incentives for getting their flu shot, such as providing it to them for free, offering refreshments, or hosting contest for the department that has the highest number of employees who get vaccinated.
  • Encourage managers to lead by example and be amongst the first to get vaccinated.
  • Encourage unwell staff members to stay away from the workplace until they are no longer infectious.

Get more tips and information on promoting infection control and immunisation in your workplace:

Upcoming events for your calendar

April - Paengawhāwhā

May - Haratua

Ideas to share and become more active in Christchurch

Remember to check out the MetroInfo Journey Planner to help plan your trip to and from these events.

Vaisakhi Mela and Kabaddi Tournament

Date and Time: Saturday 31st March from 11am.
Location: Burnside Park.

Come along to this free event organised by Christchurch Punjabi Social and Cultural Group. Vaisakhi Mela is a vibrant festival with cultural dance performances, food stalls and lots of opportunity to meet and greet! You can also find out more about Kabaddi - a contact team sport.

Mt Pleasant Squash Club Open Day

All welcome.

Date and Time: Saturday 7th April from 11am to 1pm.
Location: Mt Pleasant Squash Club (3 McCormacks Bay Road - next door to the community centre).

Linwood Repair Café

A Repair Café is a place where volunteers offer their skills for free to help repair broken stuff. Help our environment – Repair, Recycle and Reuse!

Date and Time: Saturday 7th April from 12.30 to 2.30pm.
Location: Linwood Resource Centre (332 Linwood Avenue).

Ferrymead Night Market

There will be stalls, food trucks, bouncy castle, entertainment and Vulcan Railcar, tram rides and more at this community event.

Date and Time: Saturday 7th April from 5 to 9pm.
Location: Ferrymead Heritage Park (50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Heathcote).

Two stall sites are available free of charge for not-for-profit groups to do an information or fundraising stall. Contact the co-ordinator for more information (info[at] or 384 1970).

Free Zumba in the Park Season

Now extended to 13th April! So just turn up and dance away with Mele - no registration required.

Date and Time: Fridays at 10am.
Location: Doris Lusk Reserve (corner of Stanmore Road and Worcester Street - next to Linwood Community Arts Centre).

Happy Birthday Phillipstown Hub

Join the Hub and all the fantastic groups to celebrate the third birthday. Family day with lots of fun for young and adults: games, activities, bouncy castle and food. Free event!

Date and Time: Saturday 14th April from noon to 3pm.
Location: Phillipstown Hub (39 Nursery Road).

DIY Dance at Phillipstown Community Hub

Do you like to dance? Do you like to move as free as you want? Koha but do not worry!

Date and Time: Tuesdays from 1 to 2pm.
Location: Room 4 at the Phillipstown Community Hub (39 Nursery Road).

Hawaiian Dancing Class

Come and learn Hawaiian dances. Contact Zilla for more information (zgs[at]

Date and Time: Tuesdays from 6.30 until 8pm.
Location: Room 1 at the Phillipstown Community Hub (39 Nursery Road).

Man Up Support Group

This support group for men provides a confidential environment where they can share, discuss, encourage and support each other. Contact Karn for more information (kvrasta[at] or 0275 098761).

Dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Location: Phillipstown Community Hub (39 Nursery Road) - room 10 on Wednesdays and room 9 on Thursdays.

Education Survey and Summit

The Prime Minister has launched a survey for children, young people, and parents to help inform a major review of Education for the next 30 years.

Find out more about the Education Survey - available in English, Te Reo, and Pacific languages.

Christchurch and Auckland will host related summits in May - Christchurch summit will be held on 5th and 6th May. The Ministry is working with stakeholders for invitations.

Find out more  about the Education Portfolio Work Programme. Contact Leah Haines for further details (027 277 8281 or leah.haines[at]

Mother’s Day Fun Run/ Walk

Join a 5km run, walk or stroll at South Hagley Park, Rangiora Showgrounds or Ashburton Domain.

Date: Sunday 13th May.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt designed by Dick Frizzel.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch