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August 14, 2016

It’s the week before the mid-trimester break and many of you will be working on projects, writing essays, and studying for tests while trying to balance other responsibilities, and all while coping with winter in Wellington. It’s a big challenge. University study is demanding and potentially stressful; sometimes learning can be uncomfortable. Here are some […]

July 31, 2016

After the United States and Mexico, New Zealand has the highest rate of obesity in the OECD. Of the ten countries in the world with the highest proportion of people classified as obese, nine are located in the Pacific. When I started nursing in the 1980s the obesity rate in New Zealand was 11%. The […]

May 28, 2012

INTERNATIONAL SMOKE FREE DAY THURSDAY 31ST MAY If you are a smoker the BEST thing that you can do for your health is to stop smoking. Stopping smoking for many people, including students, would also probably be the best thing they could do for their financial health too. Smoking a pack a day costs more than […]

May 7, 2012

You can’t beat Wellington on a good day but on a cold wet and windy day it can be a bit difficult to be so positive. This is especially so when your living environment is cold and damp and there is mould climbing up the walls. Although New Zealand has a temperate climate we have a very high […]

May 23, 2011

One of the most significant changes in health care in recent years has been the use of the internet as a way of sharing health information.  There is a lot of information available online.  Sometimes it is difficult to know if the information is accurate and from a reliable source. At the Student Health Service we are developing a list of […]

March 28, 2011

Seasonal influenza (‘flu’) vaccine has arrived at the Student Health Service (SHS) With the support of the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA), nurses from SHS are currently holding free influenza vaccination clinics on campus. In late March and early April, the nursing team will be visiting the Halls of Residences between 5pm and […]

March 21, 2011

The seasonal influenza vaccine, which includes the pandemic (H1N1) strain, is now available at the Student Health Service (SHS). During late March and early April, the SHS will be working closely with the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association (VUWSA) and Compass Primary Healthcare Network to provide free influenza vaccination clinics for students on campus […]

May 25, 2009

The end of the Trimester 1 is within sight and assignment due dates and examinations are looming. In order to help reduce the number of stressed students on campus, this article will offer suggestions about how to avoid the examination blues and generally how to continue enjoying your time as a student at Victoria University. […]

October 8, 2007

The honeymoon period of the first half of trimester is behind us, and final assessments and exams await. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to prepare and a lot of support available to make the journey from lecture theatre to exam room achievable.