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Be Safe & Well@Work Newsletter 2022 
Issue 5

      In this issue:
  • October - Safe Work Month 
  • October - Mental Health Month
  • SMAH Dietary Consultations for Staff
  • SafetyNet 101 The Series: Incident/Hazard Reports
  • Call for Building Wardens
  • Recipe - Dazza's Wowzing Waffles

October - National Safe Work Month 

National Safe Work Month is an initiative by Safe Work Australia that runs in October each year. Safe Work Australia asks workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.

October marks National Safe Work Month and NSW Mental Health Month.

The WHS Unit has developed a calendar of activities, webinars and resources for staff to participate in to celebrate these two events: Safe Work Month and Mental Health Month - Calendar of Events

October - NSW Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month October. This month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have a lived experience of mental illness or not. It also gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of good mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed.

Mental Health Training Courses

UOW is continuing the roll out of two face to face Mental Health training courses:

  1. Mental Health Awareness and Intervention
  2. Mental Health Leadership Program

There are also online mental health training programs that can be completed by staff at any time:

  1. Mental Health Awareness - Employees
  2. Mental Health Awareness - Leaders

These training courses align with the UOW workplace mental health strategy, which can be found on the Well@Work Healthy Mind page.

For more information on the above courses and how to enrol, please visit the PODS Staff Development Calendar (Intranet).

SMAH Dietary Consultations for Staff

During November, SMAH Nutrition & Dietetics students (as a component of their practical placement learning) will be offering UOW staff a free dietary consultation.
This will provide staff with an opportunity to have your diet assessed against the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and receive some dietary advice on how to make your current diet more nutritious.
You will receive an evaluation of what you are currently eating with practical strategies on how to improve the quality of your diet. All students will be under the guidance of an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Please note that these consults are for general health and not for medical conditions requiring dietary advice.

We are happy to offer dietary consults as a face to face appointment on campus or via Zoom.
There are limited bookings available. Dietary consults will take approximately 45 minutes and be available on Wollongong Campus or via Zoom on the 2nd , 3rd, 10th, 11th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th November
Scheduled appointment times: 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. (Please note appointments for the 2nd of November will have 9am, 10am and 11am time slots only).

Please RSVP to with your preferred date, time and whether you would like to attend face to face or via Zoom.
Please call WHS on 4221 5907 for further questions in relation to bookings.


 SafetyNet 101 The Series: Incident/Hazard Reports

Hazard and incident reporting is an essential component in the management of WHS. This includes, Incidents, Hazards and Near Misses. All of these reports play an important role in creating a safe and healthy work environment.

Once clicking on the Incident/Hazard icon from the Dashboard, you will be prompted to enter in a series of fields, some of which are already populated with data from HR.
If the field is blue, you will need to provide information before you can proceed using free-text.

There are also a number of mandatory fields that must be completed.
If you have not completed any of these mandatory fields once you click Next at the bottom of the screen, SafetyNet will prompt you to complete those fields before you can continue.

Once you have completed your report and clicked Submit, SafetyNet will generate a Reference Number. This is a unique number that will allow you to search for your file at any time. They look like HIR – YY – xxxx with YY being the year of the report and xxxx being a consecutive number generated by SafetyNet. No two files will have the same number.

For a detailed step by step process on how to complete an Incident/Hazard Form please refer to the SafetyNet User Guide.

*Reminder – Do not put any private or personal information in the Incident/Hazard Description, including names, ID’s, student numbers, phone numbers or addresses*
Stay tuned for next month's newsletter for another SafetyNet topic.

Call for Building Wardens

The WHS Unit is continually looking to increase its Building Warden numbers.

If you are a staff member who works in any of the following buildings for more than 2 days per week and are interested in joining our Building Warden teams, please contact 
  • B02
  • B03
  • B06
  • B19
  • B23
  • B25
  • B29
  • B35
  • B40
  • B42
  • B67

Dazza's Wowzing Waffles
Protein Packed Waffles with Mixed Berries and Vanilla Mascarpone

Waffles always remind me of my Nan, Jean Smith, and she would make this for me whenever I stayed over as a kid. Nan isn’t with us anymore, but waffles will live on forever in the Smith household. I never did get the recipe to Nan’s secret batter so have improvised here to keep it simple and a bit healthier?
Tools of the Trade:
  • Waffle iron. I use this one from Breville – no mess if you add too much mix!
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoons
  • ¼ measuring cup
Ingredients per Waffle:
  • ¼ cup of The Protein Pancake Buttermilk mix as per instructions*
  • Handful of your favourite berries: combo of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for me
  • Tablespoon of mascarpone cheese (or crème fraiche) mixed with vanilla bean paste or extract (I prefer the paste to see the beans)
  • Maple syrup and icing sugar to serve
  • Mint leaves (optional)
  1. Heat up your waffle iron
  2. Pour in the mix
  3. Wait until golden brown and serve on a plate
  4. Add the mascarpone vanilla mix and then berries on top
  5. Pour on your maple syrup and then sprinkle icing sugar on top
  6. Sprinkle on mint leaves or edible flowers for that extra gourmet finish
Bon appetite!
*Use Kialla Organic Waffle Pancake Mix Classic instead or this recipe to make from scratch like Nan did back in the day.
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