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Conference to look at science of wellbeing and positive psychology


Experts from across Australia and overseas are meeting in Adelaide today to focus on wellbeing and positive psychology.

Hosted by the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the SAHMRI, the Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Conference will include discussion about the science of positive psychology and its real world applications.

This year’s theme is Mind, Body and Brain, and will include sessions on positive ageing, education, communities, organisations, public policy, neuroscience and health.

Premier Jay Weatherill will open today’s conference and launch the South Australia: State of Wellbeing statement.

The statement provides an overview of current work building on the 2013 report from Thinker in Residence, Professor Martin Seligman, on how to build a state of wellbeing.

Since 2013, the State Government has been working to achieve its vision of South Australia as a state of wellbeing, including:

  • establishing the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, which has trained more than 600 people in positive psychology and launched more than 20 wellbeing projects
  • embedding a wellbeing and positive education approach in many public and private schools across SA
  • increasing connections to nature and open space, including through Healthy Parks, Healthy People
  • providing qualifications and professional development in positive psychology related wellbeing and resilience

South Australians are invited to share their views about measuring South Australian wellbeing in a survey online at until 21 October 2016

These initiatives and today’s conference demonstrate the State Government’s commitment to making South Australia a state of wellbeing.

The conference includes keynote presentations from Dr Ilona Boniwell, founder of the European Network of Positive Psychology, and Dr Alexandre Kalache, co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance.

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The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, located within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), has a bold vision to build South Australia as the State of Wellbeing - a public health approach to building mental health.

The statement of wellbeing was developed through a 90-day change project, led by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion and SA Health.

Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Zoe Bettison said: The State Government is committed to the ambitious goal of making South Australia a world- leading state of wellbeing.

A state of wellbeing means that South Australians have access to what they need in order to have the life they want. This is an impressive and inspirational goal. It means taking advantage of the opportunities available to us, and benefit us all.

Our government has a focus on helping South Australians lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, supporting the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Wellbeing is supported when we can access the right supports and opportunities to address both our challenges and our hopes for the future.

Wellbeing is more than psychological health - it also includes physical, mental and social health.

It is important that, together, we direct our programs, policies and resources to contribute to the wellbeing of individuals, communities and society.

A state of wellbeing will support all South Australians to achieve their goals and aspirations.

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