Personal re-evaluation at wellbeing conference

A recent conference addressing individual wellbeing attracted 430 teachers from nine schools of the Casuarina Education Precinct.

The one-day forum — Wellbeing: is it possible?  — examined topics ranging from stress and sleep management, workplace energy, diet, trauma, mental illness, and anxiety in children.

The keynote speakers — organisational psychology consultant Stephen MacDonald and provisional psychologist Dr Melanie Irons — focused on psychological first aid and nurturing a sense of self.

The seminar considered the promoters of personal and team wellbeing, resilience, the mentality leading to sustainable change, and better mental health awareness in the Casuarina Education Precinct — a hub comprising primary, middle and senior schools.

The conference followed 18 months planning, coordinated by Nakara Primary School principal Britany Roestenburg.

“The day provided simple and effective strategies to maintain wellbeing, challenging staff to practice looking after their own wellbeing,” she said. “The importance of the gently, gently approach to achieving sustainable change was reinforced, and everyone came away with a commitment to improve their wellbeing.”

The feedback from attendees included “fantastic information”, “gave me lots to think about” and “it made me feel really valued”.

The conference was held at Casuarina Senior College on Monday 24 July.

Well being conference