- Establish the foundations to support a wellbeing framework
- Upskill staff to respond to mental health concerns
- Deliver evidence-based programs
- Strengthen whole school approaches
- Improve parental engagement
- Access and utilise community mental health resources
- Junior & Senior School representatives who are:
- Deputy Principals
- Heads of School
- Heads of Wellbeing
- Director of Pastoral Care
- School Counsellors/ Psychologists
- Year Advisors
Attend to learn:
- Implement a holistic wellbeing framework
- Deliver evidence-based programs
- Strengthen whole-school approaches
- Develop strategies for parental engagement
Jane Burns is CEO of InnoWell and Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Science. She was the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that united over 70 partners from the not-for-profit, academic and technology industry around a single research focus – to explore the role of technology in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
In recognition for her achievements in mental health reform and suicide prevention she won the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service and Chair of STREAT, offering young people aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. She is a strategic advisor to the government, university and social enterprise sector and has served on numerous government working groups across Health, Communications and Veterans Affairs. Previous Directorships include the Cooperative Research Centres Association.
Jane led the youth and public health agenda for beyondblue in its initial start-up, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships for Reachout.com at the Inspire Foundation. Jane held both a VicHealth and an NHMRC fellowship and an NHMRC scholarship. She has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide.
Principals Australia Institute
Craig’s career as a teacher has spanned more than 25 years. He has held leadership roles within schools in South Australia and Queensland particularly in focus areas of behaviour management, parent engagement, student wellbeing and supporting students with disabilities. Craig’s strong passion for social justice and wellbeing in schools led him to pioneer the role of action team leader in one of the first KidsMatter pilot schools. After experiencing the difference this framework made to his school, Craig joined Principals Australia Institute where he went on to engage and train over 150 Queensland schools in the KidsMatter and MindMatters frameworks. Craig is now the Professional Service Manager for Victoria and has co-developed the Principal Australia Institute’s Teacher Wellbeing training, which he delivers nationally. Through his role, he continues to be a strong advocate for providing safe learning and teaching environments within schools.
St Peter's College, SA
David Kolpak is Head of Junior Years – Wellbeing & Administration at St Peter’s College Adelaide. He is responsible for Student Wellbeing and overseeing the Positive Education programs from ELC – Year 6. In 2012, David participated in the University of Pennsylvania Positive Education Training Conference. In 2013 he attended the International Positive Psychology Association World Congress as a presenter and participant. David has co-created the scope and sequence of the four Positive Education programs taught in the Junior School and works with Teachers to create links with the Australian Curriculum. David has presented at four Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) Conferences – locally and nationally (in Adelaide and Sydney) and at the 4th Australian Wellbeing & Positive Psychology Conference in Melbourne.
Holroyd High School, NSW
2014 Australian Human Rights Medallist, Dorothy Hoddinott, has been Principal of Holroyd High School, a disadvantaged school in Sydney’s multicultural South-West, since 1995, a school where one in every two students has been in Australia less than three years and sixty per cent of all students are of recent refugee background. There are currently over forty young asylum seekers in community detention or on bridging visas enrolled in the school.
Dorothy has had a long career in school education, teaching English and English as a Second Language in Australia, Britain and Italy, in both government and non-government schools. She has also worked in policy advice, examinations and assessment, curriculum development, and teacher professional development at state and national levels.
Dorothy is a strong, fearless advocate for the human rights of children and young people, and in recent years particularly, the human rights of young refugees and asylum seekers and of young people with disabilities. She has received a number of awards for her advocacy: she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008, and in 2012 was the Australian College of Educators’ Medallist, the first time a practising school teacher had received that award. Dorothy has been a Fellow of Senate of the University of Sydney since 2010 and Pro-Chancellor of the University since 2015.
What People Are Saying
“The effects of mental illness at such a young age can be debilitating and incredibly harmful to an individual’s quality of life, academic achievement, and social participation both in the short term and long term.”CEO, Mission Australia
Date: 22 Mar 2015 By: Laura Dunlop
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Date: 16 Mar 2015 By: Laura Dunlop
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Date: 24 Feb 2015 By: Laura Dunlop
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Date: 2 Feb 2015 By: Laura Dunlop
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