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Staff and Student Wellness and Wellbeing Conference

12-13 November | Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

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Early Bird Rate (save up to $200) - expires 30 September 2018 // See pricing below


The Staff and Student Wellness and Wellbeing Conference will showcase the best-practice examples of both student and staff wellness programs and look at the legal and moral responsibilities of schools to safeguard all of their stakeholders. At the height of social media use, cyber bullying, alarming stress levels in both staff and students and high teacher attrition rates, this event will bring together principals, teachers, government bodies, academics, psychologists and related organisations to facilitate a much needed conversation around staff and student well-being.

Key topics:

  • Best-practice examples of student and staff wellness programs
  • Practical strategies to improve the well-being of staff and students
  • Inclusive education
  • Combating bullying
  • Physical health & nutrition
  • Implications of the digital age in schools
  • Instilling resilience in staff and students
  • Staff and student stress and fatigue
  • Supporting the social and emotional well-being amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • The legal and moral responsibility of schools to safeguard all of their stakeholders


8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:00 am

Attendees will develop an understanding of:

  •  What is mindfulness and how to practice it
  •  The difference between mindfulness and meditation
  •  The science behind practicing mindfulness
  •  How mindfulness can benefit young people and support their learning in the classroom
  •  How to use the Smiling Mind app and web-app

10:00 am

This session will provide practical ways that staff members can support their own wellbeing and that decision makers can develop a positive and supportive environment.

  •  Stress, exhaustion and burnout are growing problems for many educators. Even as student wellbeing is prioritised, if staff are struggling, it can undermine wellbeing efforts
  •  Staff wellbeing is crucial to developing a positive educational community
  •  By creating positive and supportive environments, both staff and students benefit

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

The Resilience Doughnut is a model showing the external strengths that interact to influence the development of self-esteem, selfefficacy and social skills, that build resilience. Programs and workshops that draw on the model have been used in over 100 schools throughout Australia and internationally. The Resilience Doughnut uses strength based and solution focused interventions to help change the trajectory of a student from disengaged to engaged, from risk to resilience, and to enhance a school culture of optimism.

The keynote will give an overview of the Resilience Doughnut model and show how various schools have used the model to underpin programs aimed at raising resilience in their school communities. Research findings from these programs show that students who are experiencing the most difficulties benefit the most from the programs based on the Resilience Doughnut. The Resilience report, a measurable tool, will also be presented showing why immediate, comprehensive and reliable data needs to influence program intervention, using a strength approach

12:00 pm

  • Befriend your thoughts and emotions to support you both professionally and personally
  • Using evidence-based and simple strategies to help you calm your mind and relax your body
  • Develop greater self-awareness to have a positive impact on how we react and interact with others
  • Prepare your students to be more resilient for their ever-changing worlds and milestones that lie ahead

12:30 pm

  • How does a positive culture among staff impact the whole school
  • How do we combat high teacher attrition rates
  • Giving our teachers a healthy work-life balance

1:10 pm

Lunch and networking break


2:10 pm

  •  Why students don’t speak up when they see or are involved in bullying and harm
  •  Empowering the students as the change agents
  •  Anonymous harm reporting for schools using
  •  What part is technology, addiction and parenting playing in the cycle of bullying and harm?

2:50 pm

This interactive workshop will give participants practical strategies to help children identify bullying, be an upstander and appreciate differences in others.

  •  Bullying – what, why, how, when
  •  Wining and losing
  •  Strategies to try
  •  Building resilience, empathy and respect

4:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:10 pm

Networking Drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Sarah-Jane Dunford, Director, Riskology


9:10 am

This Workshop will explore the changing landscape of schools in terms of emotional wellbeing. We will explore the current climate and the reasons behind it. This session is all about facing the challenge of supporting all members of a school community to flourish and sharing the strategies that work. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with others and take away some practical ideas to support wellness and wellbeing in your school setting.

10:00 am

Empowering the students of today to control their own tomorrow

  •  Autonomy and Agency: the underpinnings of the MGGS Senior Years Wellbeing Model
  •  Creating the wellbeing ecosystem
  •  Wellbeing is personal
  •  Leveraging expertise and differentiating roles to better support student wellbeing
  •  Implementation – Learning lessons and iterating for improvement
  •  Outcomes and observations – the impact of change on our girls

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:50 am

This interactive keynote session will give attendees an understanding of essential theoretical concepts in school wellbeing supported by a prime Australian example of a macro-scale approach to school wellbeing. Learn how PESA can support your school to begin making positive changes and take advantage of a rare opportunity to ask a school wellbeing expert and educator on how he transformed wellbeing within an Australian school during his time as Headmaster.


11:50 am

In this session participants will have the opportunity to hear from one of the authors of All of Us, a Safe Schools Coalition Australia (now DET) classroom resource on why the program is needed, how it helps Australian students and what we as educators, can do to create schools where every student feels safe, regardless of their sexuality and gender identity. Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask any questions they may have regarding the program and inclusive education.

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

Understanding the connection between mental health and healthy eating in schools

  •  Latest evidence on the effects of healthy eating on student learning, mental health and overall wellbeing
  •  Schools role in healthy eating and meeting state-based policies
  •  Best practice strategies for implementing healthy eating in your school
  •  Support programs that can help your school to make healthy eating changes

2:10 pm

During this workshop you will:

  •  Learn how to use a Whole School Approach to create a healthy school for all staff, students and families
  •  Piece together FISO, the Victorian Curriculum & other health education programs to understand how they work together to support health and wellbeing
  •  Learn about how the achievement program can support your school to pull together all of the pieces of a whole school approach to health and wellbeing (policies, environment, teaching and learning and more)
  •  Receive a toolkit and start creating an action plan to outline the next steps your school can take to support health and wellbeing


3:10 pm

This presentation will focus on understanding the social contexts and cultural factors that influence social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It will present culturally responsive and strengths-based approaches to supporting wellbeing and identify what schools and teachers can do to help promote cultural strengths and build essential community connections. It will show how a culturally responsive approach to social-emotional learning supports students to actively negotiate the personal and social domains of the classroom and of their worlds.

3:40 pm

Presents a trauma informed model to support students with complex trauma and their teacher through strengthening the student-teacher relationship.

4:20 pm

End of Conference


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Package(Two Days)$1895$1695+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
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Package(Two Days)$995$795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

General Pricing

  • Early Bird rate – Expires by 30 September 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $1,695 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 October 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $1,895 + GST


Government and Higher Education Rate

  • Early Bird rate – Expires by 30 September 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $1,295 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 October 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $1,495 + GST


K-12 Rate

  • Early Bird rate – Expires by 30 September 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $795 + GST
  • Standard rate – From 1 October 2018
    – 2 Day Conference : $995 + GST

Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost
To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email

Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.


Michael Hines

Lead Facilitator and Content Development Manager, Smiling Mind

Peggy Kern

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Lyn Worsley

Director, The Resilience Centre

Sarah Villiers

Founder & Director, The Metanoia Movement

Evelyn M. Field OAM


Tobin Cuss

Assistant Principal, Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School

Daffydd Wiesner-Ellix

Senior Principal, Strategist and Practitioner, C21+R.E.A.L-Ed

Rachel Downie

Founder & Director, Stymie

Michelle Murray

Chief Operating Officer, Bully Zero

Katie Govic

Education Coordinator, Bully Zero

Sarah-Jane Dunford

Director, Riskology

Stephanie McConnell

Principal, Lindfield Learning Village

Nikki Kirkup

Director of Senior Years, Melbourne Girls Grammar School

Simon Murray OAM

Chairman, Positive Education Schools Association

Chris Bush

Secondary Teacher (Personal Development, English and Economics), Melbourne High School

Amy Wakem

Education Coordinator, Healthy Eating Advisory Service

Megan Meek

Education Coordinator, Achievement Program, Cancer Council Victoria

Dr Brenda Dobia

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Western Sydney University

Anne Southall

PhD Candidate, La Trobe University

when & where

12 - 13 Nov 2018

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9250 1888


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Still have a question?

Leah Boulos
Conference Manager
+61 02 9080 4034

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
+61 02 9080 4008

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