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SLAM's Good Health Week Wins Prestigious Award!

01 Oct 2014

Student Life & Media (SLAM) has been hard at work throughout 2014. So far, SLAM has facilitated 120 events across our six campuses, with a projected total of 150+ events by the end of 2014. Whilst SLAM's program is exclusive to NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic students and staff, the team's work has been acknowledged at a national level by the Australasian Association of Campus Activities (AACA).

AACA is the national body for university and TAFE campus life and activities and consists of members from universities and TAFEs Australia-wide.

On Monday 29 September, SLAM was awarded the Best New Event 2014 at the CampusLink Conference Awards Dinner in Sydney. The award was given for SLAM's Good Health Week, which was held across NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic campuses in April and May. With an attendance of more than 1,500 students across six campuses, the events focused on engaging students with interactive 'good health' related activities, inviting relevant community organisations and creating opportunities for various student groups to gain practical experience in their industry. More detailed info about Good Health Week is below.

SLAM also recently received an award for the new Student Induction Animation Video that was implemented in 2013. In conjunction with Creativa Videos, SLAM's Student Induction Animation Video was the 2013 Silver Award Winner at the Horizon Interactive Awards. For those of you that have seen the Induction Video, I'm sure that you'll agree it is an amazing piece of work that is a very worthy recipient of this award! If you haven't seen it yet, here's a link.

Good Health Week Engagement, Sponsorship and Activities

Several student groups were involved in Good Health Week, as part of class assessment:

  • NMIT Massage students gave back and neck massages at the events.
  • NMIT Pathology students facilitated a 'Hand Wash' station, where students could use glitter bug solution to see the germs that were present on their hands.
  • SLAM supported NMIT Event Management class that ran a fundraiser called Eat Play Love for the Heart Foundation. NMIT Cookery students supplied homemade veggie burgers and NMIT Sport Development students produced a flyer on Heart Health.

NMIT departments were also keen to get involved in SLAM's Good Health Week.

  • NMIT Fitness Centre ran free lunch-time circuit classes for students, offered discounts on memberships and gave away multiple monthly memberships as prizes.
  • NMIT Library ran a pop-up library in the event space, promoting health-related books as well as their general services.
  • NMIT Student Services created a student wellbeing brochure 'Tips On Being Well', promoted their free service to students and offered mini counselling sessions during events.

SLAM invited many community organisations along to the events. There was over $4,000 worth of sponsorship giveaways contributed to the events from the organisations below.

  • Hear Service attended each event offering free hearing checks in the campus library. 115 students booked in and utilised the service throughout the week.
  • Yarra Valley Water promoted the use of the 'Choose Tap' station that the Plumbing students installed at Heidelberg campus.
  • Chobani Yoghurt gave away free yoghurt samples throughout the week.
  • Steel Blue gave away a pair of new boots at our trade campus, Heidelberg. Other trade stalls included What Tradies Want magazine and Festool.
  • Kaya Health Club offered a free yoga session on-campus for students as well as large discounts on memberships.
  • Melt Pizza catered for one event with their healthy pizzas. Further student engagement opportunities were born from this with a design 'Melt's Pizza Box' competition launched.
  • Other stalls included Donate Life, Red Cross Blood Bank, Red Aware, Plenty Valley Community Health, Yarra City Youth Services, Stonnington Youth Services, City of Whittlesea Youth Services, City of Darebin Youth Services and Subway.
  • Other sponsorships and giveaways included Man Therapy and Alcocups.

Interview / Photo Opportunities

Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, Kristilee Ransley, on 03 9269 1578 or kristileeransley@nmit.edu.au

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE trades as NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.

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