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The 3rd Australian Positive Psychology and WellBeing Conference which concluded this week is a reflection of the popularity and awareness of the role of wellbeing in health, business and education.
The Australian Institute of Business WellBeing (AIBWB), a new interdisciplinary institute within the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School, hosted the conference.
The conference brought together delegates who shared a common interest in positive psychology and wellbeing and challenged them to think about their relevance and application across diverse sectors of society -- government, business, education and health.
The theme of the conference, ‘Spotlight on the Future’, reflected the emerging nature of the subject matter that was explored in the workshops, keynote presentations and other conference activities. Pre conference workshops were held on March 22 and a ‘Good Mood Safari and Emerging Researchers Symposium’ held on March 23. 23).
Topics covered by the conference included: Leadership development; people development through strengths building; responding to change; re-energising workforces; positive organisational scholarship; emotional intelligence; linkages between wellbeing and economic progress; the development of fairer, more egalitarian societies; and coaching for wellbeing and performance.
The conference was designed to allow people to share knowledge that can be used to construct solutions to a diverse range of societal concerns and to explore how the study of positive psychology and well-being may be best used to support positive change.
Keynote speakers included Eva Cox, Hugh Mackay, Richard Eckersley, David Clutterbuck, Todd Kashdan, Jennifer Garvey Berger, Kim Cameron, Don Iverson, Jenny Fox Eades, Hans Henrik Knoop, Paul Wong, Richard Ryan, David Drake and Felicia Huppert.
The Australian Institute of Business Wellbeing (AIBWB) is a new research and development unit at the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School. The interdisciplinary unit is led by Dr Lindsay Oades and its main focus is to examine the relationship between employee well-being and organisational performance. The AIBWB team blend academic excellence and organisational experience to offer a comprehensive range of education, training and consulting services. For more about AIBWB visit this site.