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Our Wellbeing is Our Wealth Online Workshop Series: Putting wellbeing at the heart of what we do

"The Government believes that wellbeing belongs at the heart of policymaking"- 2019 Budget Statement

The government’s strong focus on wellbeing has created a greater awareness of the fundamental role that wellbeing plays in enabling individuals and communities to thrive. Well individuals contribute to well whānau, schools and workplaces, communities, economies and society.

As government priorities are being implemented, wellbeing measures and deliverables are increasingly become part of funding agreements with NGOs, community and social service, health and education sectors

Become more familiar with wellbeing principles and take the opportunity to look at how to orient services and programmes to a wellbeing approach.

Hear from an experienced wellbeing specialist who has lectured and implemented numerous wellbeing programmes at the local, national and international levelsammes at the local, national and international levels

“Tangata aka ana I te kāenga, te tūranga ki te marae, tau ana.”​ - “A person nurtured in the community contributes strongly to society"

Informed by social, cultural and environmental determinants, adopting a wellbeing framework enable workers and agencies such as local government, social services, schools, churches and workplaces to identify how they can be "agents of wellbeing" and so incorporate wellbeing outcomes into their work.

​Workshop Description

Government has signalled the centrality of wellbeing to its social and economic policies and to our pandemic recovery. There are several internationally recognised wellbeing models and frameworks as well as local models such as Whare Tapa Whā. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of what is meant by wellbeing. The principles of wellbeing and how they can inform and shape policy and programmes will be examined as well as how a wellbeing focus contributes to reducing social and economic disparities.

This training series provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and the practice of promoting mental wellbeing in communities and different settings, e.g workplaces. Using the latest research and evidence of efficacy, a major emphasis of each workshop is on participants exploring the practical application of wellbeing theory and principles to their work context as well as being able to critique and assess the efficacy of different approaches to promoting mental wellbeing.

Drawing on over thirty years of working in mental wellbeing, learnings from designing, implementing and evaluating mental wellbeing programmes including the pitfalls and solutions to common problems that arise will be shared.

It will be argued in the workshop that many "wellbeing" initiatives are lacking in evidence-based wellbeing theory and principles, are more remedial than transformational, focus too much on individual behaviour change rather than applying a population health lens, and fail to address the role and impact of factors such as organisation culture, systems have on wellbeing. These failures often results in programmes that have limited impact and the achievement of long term wellbeing outcomes and may in fact contribute to increased disparities in wellbeing equity.

As a workshop activity, participants will work on identifying key wellbeing outcomes for a workplace or community as part of a pandemic recovery plan. Tools such as the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool provides a systematic approach to assessing the impact of public policy, workplace demands and programme delivery on mental wellbeing. A summary of the tool will be given.

The training does not offer a ready made mental health package approach but rather helps participants to:

  • understand the underlying theory, principles and best practice in promoting mental wellbeing,
  • undertake a Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment
  • develop appropriate mental wellbeing outcomes for the target audiences
  • critically assess appropriateness and applicability of mental wellbeing programmes or approaches for target audiences
  • develop a programme logic to guide the planning, implementation and evaluation of the programme
  • apply a risk assessment process to the programme activities or overall programme impact

Training Series Programme

Workshop 1: (28 June)

Theoretical foundations of mental wellbeing

Different outcomes for different purposes - the difference between welfare, wellness and wellbeing approaches

 Not the same thing - why a mental illness approach and a mental wellbeing approach are not the same

Workshop 2: (5 July)

Well settings facilitating thriving individuals - applying a population focus

The 'new normal' - the role of coping, adjusting and adapting

The emerging social pandemic - loneliness and social isolation

Workshop 3: (12 July)

Social and cultural determinants of Wellbeing

The Wheel of Wellbeing

The role of place and environment

Workshop 4: (19 July)

Agents of Wellbeing

Collaborative partnerships for wellbeing - collective impact for transformational change

Workshop 5: (26 July)

Overview of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool - a tool for evidence-based wellbeing initiatives

Introduction to a wellbeing outcomes framework and developing a wellbeing programme logic