Health & Wellbeing

Workplace First Aid for Employees at the Vancouver Campus

At UBC, departmental First Aid attendants are trained in Level 1 first aid to provide quick response to minor injuries. For more serious injuries in the workplace, UBC has a central Mobile First Aid unit. Mobile First Aid at the Vancouver campus is provided for employees (by the Vancouver Fire Department)  by calling 604-822-4444 (or 2-4444 from a university telephone). This service is available 24/7.

In the event of an emergency or serious injury, call 911, then call Mobile First Aid at 2-4444.

What happens when an employee calls 604-822-4444?

  • Calls to 604-822-4444 go to the non-emergency dispatch within the Metro Vancouver E-Comm Centre.
  • Workplace first aid incidents are directed to the Vancouver Fire Department for response.
  • All Fire Department Responders have Occupational First Aid Level 2 or higher certification.

When an employee calls 604-822-4444, they should:

  • Provide information on the condition of the patient;
  • Know the address of the building;
  • Send someone out to the main entrance to direct the Fire Department to the location of the patient.

Full information on first aid at UBC can be found at

Upcoming Health & Wellbeing Courses: July, 2017

This July, we have two health and wellbeing courses that you may be interested in attending:

Learn to Meditate Series | July 12, 19 & 26

The three-part Learn to Meditate series is back by popular demand this summer! Wendy Quan will introduce you to the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness techniques. This three-session course, tuned for the working environment, is designed for those both new and experienced in the world of mindfulness meditation.  You will learn to cultivate personal resilience, discover techniques to reduce and manage stress, and gain confidence to practice meditation and mindfulness.

Course information

Learn to Meditate
July 12, 19, 26, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $35
Tech Enterprise Facilities III, Room 610 [map]
Register online

Outdoor Explore Boot Camp – July 13

 This boot camp will show you simple exercises and movements you can do to increase your cardio, core strength, flexibility and overall wellbeing.

 Course information

Outdoor Explore Boot Camp
July 13, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Outside UBC Rec’s Ponderosa Commons Studio (6488 University Blvd.) [map]
Register online

For more information on health and wellbeing courses at UBC’s Vancouver campus, check out our Healthy UBC Newsletter.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training: May 4, 2017, 3-5pm

QPR Training is an internationally recognized suicide prevention program designed to help you questionpersuade and refer. QPR acts as an emergency mental health intervention that is designed to save lives, much like CPR or other methods of emergency medical intervention. Learn to recognize suicide warning signs, approach someone who may be at risk, persuade the person to seek appropriate health services and connect the person to resources that will help resolve crises. Suicide is preventable

Our next QPR training session is May 4, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

At this training, you will learn:

  • How to get help for yourself;
  • Tools and skills on how to prevent suicide;
  • Common causes and warning signs of suicidal behaviour;
  • How to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone at risk;
  • How to get help for someone in crisis; and
  • Familiarity with referral resources both on and off campus.

Register here.

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge: May 15 – June 9, 2017

Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge: May 15 – June 9, 2017

Photo by Edna Winti

Staff and faculty at the UBC Vancouver campus are invited to participate in the Pick Your Peak Stair Challenge, May 15 – June 9, 2017. Register by May 10 to take part.

Learn more at