IN 2019, THE WARRNAMBOOL WELLBEING WEEK RETURNS, AIMING TO EMPOWER AND INSPIRE OUR COMMUNITY BY ACCESSING SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S LEADING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, TO BUILD CAPACITY IN MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND POSITIVE PARENTING.
The Warrnambool Student Wellbeing Association coordinates wellbeing and Chaplaincy programs in Primary and Secondary schools in Warrnambool, Victoria. The Association is focussed on building a resilient and empowered community, through the strategic delivery of services which enable positive development and capacity building for management of life's ups and downs, in young people.
The Big Life Program and Chaplaincy are our primary vehicles for achieving this. Schools are well placed to promote and positively impact whole of community health and wellbeing. In any one year, thousands of students and families will pass through the doors of our schools; meaning that if we enable change, a holistic focus and sustained effort in our schools, we may positively impact health and wellbeing outcomes in our community.
Warrnambool Well being Week provides access to the latest well being workshops, programs and guest speakers, building capacity for resilience and protective behaviours by offering practical health promotion and parenting strategies. Our central aim is to strengthen our whole of school community's potential to thrive, despite adversity, and live a 'Big Life'.
Warrnambool Well being Week aligns with local action, including Warrnambool's Health and Wellbeing Plan: Warrnambool -A Healthy City 2017-21, specifically, improving mental health and resilience.
David is a lawyer and the author of Sweet Poison, a bestselling book published in 2008 about how we are all poisoning ourselves with sugar. That book is generally credited with starting the current wave of sugar awareness in Australia. He followed Sweet Poison up with four more books about nutrition and diet. Having upset the dietetics industry by writing about stuff in which he has no qualifications, he then turned his focus to something else he is unqualified to write about, education, in his 2014 work, Free Schools. Detouring briefly back to nutrition in his 7th and 8th books (Eat Real food, 2015 and the Eat Real Food Cookbook 2016), his latest target is Psychology. In 2017, he released his much-anticipated book on surviving contact with psychopaths in the workplace and at home, Taming Toxic People, and then this year wrote Teen Brain, a book about how teenagers are uniquely susceptible to addiction and why that is a very big problem in an age where addictive screen time is the norm for every single teen.
Performing Arts Centre
6:30 DRINKS & NIBBLES
7:30 GUEST SPEAKER
$20.00 per person
COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS 26-30 AUGUST
An opportunity to share practical strategies for positive parenting & mental health promotion.
Monday August 26th
Carly was named one of Australia's most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC TV's You Can't Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. Carly has spoken at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the University of Western England and Melbourne University - to name a few. She organised the history-making Access to Fashion - a Melbourne Fashion Week event featuring disabled models.
She has a Masters of Communication and Bachelor of eCommerce. She also co-hosts a funny podcast called Refreshments Provided - that could do with a few more listeners. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in January 2019. Carly is currently working on editing the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia with Black Inc Books. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for news outlets including the ABC, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and SBS. In her community and school presentations, Carly discusses respectful and inclusive language, unconscious stereotypes, and inspiration objectification.
MICHAEL GROSE & DR JODI RICHARDSON
FROM ANXIETY TO RESILIENCE
Tuesday August 27th
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia's leading parenting educators. He has been informing and inspiring audiences around Australia, and internationally for more than 20 years. Michael has had parenting segments on many television and radio shows, has contributed to online parenting forums, and is a former newspaper columnist. He is also a bestselling author of eleven books for parents. His latest release is Anxious Kids: How children can turn their anxiety into resilience which he co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson.
Dr Jodi Richardson is a mental health expert who is changing the way parents, teachers and schools think about and cultivate children's mental health and wellbeing. She is the founder and director of Happier on Purpose, the mental health and wellbeing expert for Parenting Ideas and writer for both print and online publications. Jodi has developed her expertise over two decades of professional work in teaching, wellbeing, clinical practice and elite sport, including working for beyondblue on the national schools-based initiative for the prevention of depression.
DIGITAL WELLBEING & ONLINE SAFETY
Wednesday August 28th
Martine has a background in Secondary Teaching, a Masters in Counselling and over 11 years experience helping parents, students and teachers safely and smartly incorporate devices, screens and gaming into their lives. In her presentations to parents, carers and all those playing a role in the growth and wellbeing of young people, Martine empowers them with knowledge, understanding and strategies to help their young people make the best decisions both online and in the real world.
THIS PRESENTATION WILL EXPLORE:
- Being the best version of ourselves online
- Digital drama and cyberbullying
- Social media: self-esteem and oversharing
- How to respond to unwanted attention
- How to critically evaluate the copious amounts of content
- Maintaining control over the digital distractions
- Being intentional with our time on line
THE RITES OF PASSAGE INSTITUTE
"BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN YOUNG PEOPLE"
Thursday August 29th
THE RITES OF PASSAGE INSTITUTE IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE HELPING PEOPLE DISCOVER THEIR PASSION AND PURPOSE, LEARN CRITICAL LIFE SKILLS AND CREATE A POSITIVE VISION FOR THE FUTURE.
The Rites of Passage Institute has over 25 years of experience developing and delivering programs throughout Australia and the world. Their mission is to help all people and communities thrive. To achieve this vision, they have created programs surrounding wellbeing, leadership development and personal development, to suit all ages, organisations and communities. The Rites of Passage framework is embedded into all of their transformational programs and is the driving force behind their exceptional results.
This presentation looks into traditional Rites of Passage and their key components, and how the Rites of Passage framework can be used to support children as they transition to young adults in a modern contemporary context.
ALL SESSIONS START 7:00pm @ LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE