Professor Lindsay Oades
Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, MGSE,
The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health bring you a Public Lecture by Professor Lindsay Oades.
Lindsay is an internationally recognized wellbeing scientist and wellbeing public policy strategist. He is a board member for Action for Happiness Australia and has consulted to the Australian Mental Health Commission and NSW Department of Education and he won an Australian Government citation for contribution to student learning.
Lindsay’s vision is for every Australian school child to have a personalized wellbeing plan.
With the emergence of wellbeing science, including positive psychology, there is increasing evidence of what leads to wellbeing; economically, socially and psychologically.
After providing an introduction to wellbeing and positive psychology, it will be argued that we need to help prepare our young people for wellbeing by:
– Working with communities (including schools, families, workplaces, sports clubs etc.) rather than only individuals
– Adopt approaches to wellbeing that include positive functioning and not only the absence of illness
– Move beyond the present to the future
– Focusing on how we communicate about wellbeing as a key enabler (i.e. wellbeing literacy)
The example of positive psychology in classrooms from Maroondah City Council (near Melbourne) will be described.
Young people and communities can be prepared to experience wellbeing.
This is an alternative to focusing only on removing the bad.