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LINKS & WELLBEING RESOURCES

Many organisations across Australia provide support for those experiencing crisis or coping with the effects of trauma, as well as resources to help those who are caring for others or who may need to provide mental health first aid. We provide some links to recommended resources on this page, as well as links to organisations who are advocating to help improve health and wellbeing across regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

Accessing help for yourself or others,
and mental health first aid resources

It can be challenging to reach out in a crisis. If you need immediate support, speak to a friend or family member you trust AND speak to a professional. A professional may be a GP, going to the emergency department of your local hospital, or contacting one of the services below. The ifarmwell website gives some ideas on how to make contact with a GP or others to help you if you are finding it difficult to reach out.

Support services you can contact in a crisis

Supporting a person experiencing a crisis, or looking for resources to help you as you cope with trauma or support someone else who has experienced trauma

Guidelines or training on mental health first aid

Looking to join the many organisations who work to support wellbeing and quality of life in rural and remote Australia?

Resources that support health of farmers

Support services you can contact in a crisis in addition to speaking to family, friends or a professional such as a GP or hospital emergency department:

  • Lifeline (ph: 13 11 14) Lifeline provides anonymous access to trained counsellors, crisis support, and suicide prevention 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. A local call cost applies if you call from a landline; calls from mobiles are free. An online chat service is available from 7pm to 4am (AEST) 7 days per week at www.lifeline.org.au.
  • beyondblue (ph: 1300 224 636). This service provides information and referral if you’re feeling stressed or down, and is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. A local call cost applies, sometimes higher costs from mobiles. An online chat service is available at www.beyondblue.org.au from 3pm to 12am (AEST), every day of the week, and via beyondblue you can also email a mental health professional and get a response within 24 hours.
  • Suicide Call Back Service (ph: 1300 659 467). Counselling for anyone affected by or considering suicide, including support and call back service in case of suicide risk. This service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. A local call cost applies, and the cost may be higher from mobiles depending on your plan. Counselling is also available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, at www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
  • Emergency services (ph: 000, or 112 from satellite/GSM phones.

If you are supporting a person experiencing a crisis, or looking for resources to help you as you cope with trauma or support someone else who has experienced trauma, some useful resources to help you identify what you can do include:

If you want to access guidelines or training on mental health first aid, we recommend the following resources:

If you’re looking to join the many organisations who work to support wellbeing and quality of life in rural and remote Australia, we recommend…

If you’re looking for resources that support health of farmers, we recommend…

  • ifarmwell — access a range of resources designed to support mental health of farmers and farming households
  • The National Centre for Farmer Health provides a wide range of resources to support the health of farmers and farming households across Australia
  • FarmHub connects Australian farmers to a wide range of resources that support both health and other aspects of life.

HELP US IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE IN RURAL & REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

Join us this November at the Building Wellbeing into Policy and Action in Australia workshop, being held at the University of Canberra. At the workshop you will hear about the diversity of wellbeing initiatives currently happening in Australia across the government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Organisations across Australia are increasingly embedding consideration of wellbeing outcomes in their decision making and investment processes. At the summit, you will hear examples of how this is being done by different governments, not-for-profit organisations and community groups, as well as in industries such as agriculture. Participants will discuss key opportunities, challenges and needs going forward in Australia, and identify priorities for future action.

Through the workshop, we aim to build a network of people interested in working together to continue building wellbeing into policy and action across Australia. All participants are encouraged to discuss opportunities to continue discussions and action beyond the workshop.

 

Register here for the workshop 

Participants can register to participate in person in Canberra, or online. You can register for one day or for the whole workshop. Follow the link below to register:

https://canberra.onestopsecure.com/canberra/onestopweb/VW6/booking?e=2022WS

 

Workshop program

The workshop includes a packed program – download the workshop program here

If you have any problems logging in online, please email wellbeingsummit@canberra.edu.au

 

Monday 21 November

9.30-10.00: Wellbeing in politics and policy: why do we need wellbeing-focused decision making?

Speakers in this session include Mike Salvaris and Geoff Woolcock from the Australian National Development Index, and speakers from the OECD.

10.00-10.30: International perspectives: lessons for building wellbeing into policy and action

Speaker in this session is Kate Scrivens, OECD Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability
and Equal Opportunity.

11.00-12.30: From measurement to action: lessons from international experience.

Hear from speakers including Bryan Smale (Canadian Index of Wellbeing), Rob Tanton with Jacki Schirmer (University of Canberra) and Cressida Gaukroger (lead author of the Centre for Policy Development’s recent report reviewing lessons from international experience for wellbeing initiatives in Australia).

1.30-3.20 Wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s governments – Session 1

Speakers from the Australian, State and Territory governments, those in the university and private sector who are working with different jurisdictions, will talk about their work developing a wellbeing economy, wellbeing frameworks, and wellbeing-centric decision making. Speakers include Tim Ogden (Treasury), Peter Robinson (ACT Government), Helen Thomas (Wellbeing SA), and Mike Salvaris with Geoff Woolcock (Australian National Development Index).

3.40-5.00pm Wellbeing into policy and action for specific sectors and groups

Hear about how different groups are developing wellbeing-focused approaches to policy and action to support the wellbeing of groups including children and carers. Speakers include Joyce Cleary (Deakin University), Gemma Wood (Australian Youth Development Index, Numbers and People Synergy), and Kate Reynolds with Robert Gotts (National Student Wellbeing Project).

Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for building wellbeing into policy and action for children, carers, those with disability, and other specific groups.

5.00-6.00pm Social networking drinks

 

Tuesday 22 November

9.00-10.30: Sustainability, climate change, disasters and wellbeing

Hear about how we can develop Earth-centred wellbeing approaches, and maintain wellbeing through disasters, from speakers including Michelle Maloney (Australian Earth Laws Alliance and New Economy Network Australia), Julie Boulton (Monash University) and Rebecca Huntley (89 Degrees East).

Discussion: Sustainable wellbeing in a changing climate

11.00-1.00pm: From measurement to action: from data to action across Australia

Hear about the different groups who are measuring wellbeing across Australia using surveys and statistical data collections. Find out where you can access information, and help identify key needs going forward. Speakers include Mark Wooden (Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey), Ray Lovett (Australian National University), Kate Lycett (Deakin University) and Lauren Binns (ABS).

Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for data collection and measurement

1.30-3.30 Urban, regional, rural and remote – wellbeing from all regions

How do we build wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s diverse regions? Hear from speakers including Jacki Schirmer (University of Canberra), Kim Houghton (Regional Australia Institute), Susi Tegen (National Rural Health Alliance) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

Discussion: Wellbeing into policy and action for all regions

3.50-5.10pm Wellbeing into policy and action for all: not-for-profit and community sector
experience

Hear about how not-for-profit and community groups are working to build wellbeing into policy and action, and the challenges and opportunities experienced. Speakers include Ben Latham (Victorian Council of Social Service), Julia Keady (X Factor Collective), Peter Gordon (Hands Across Canberra, Vital Signs initiative) and Andrew Yule (Jesuit Social Services).

6.30pm Dinner - Societal wellbeing: what's the economy got to do with it? Speaker Katherine Trebeck

 

Wednesday 23 November

9.00-11.00am Wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s jurisdictions – Session 2

Speakers from the Australian, State and Territory governments, those in the university and private sector who are working with different jurisdictions, will talk about their work developing a wellbeing economy, wellbeing frameworks, and wellbeing-centric decision making. Speakers include Arthur Grimes (Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellbeing), Sandro Demaio, (VicHealth), Richard Parsons (DPI NSW), Michael Gadiel (NSW Treasury) and Libby Lester (University of Tasmania).

Discussion: What are the best paths to building wellbeing into policy and action?

11.30-1.00pm Closing session: Identifying priorities for building wellbeing into policy and action and next steps

This session will include group discussion to identify the priorities and needs for building wellbeing into policy and action in Australia going forward.

 

Speakers

You will hear from inspiring speakers who will discuss the different approaches being used in Australia and internationally to build policy and decision making processes that best support societal wellbeing, from local to national scale.

Join us in person or virtually to hear from our expert speakers, including:

  • Katherine Trebeck, co-founder of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and WEAll Scotland
  • Michelle Maloney, co-founder of the New Economy Network Australia and the Australian Earth Laws Alliance
  • Bryan Smale, Director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing
  • Cressida Gaukroger of the Centre for Policy Development and lead author of the recent report Redefining progress: global lessons for an Australian approach to wellbeing
  • Arthur Grimes, Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Peter Robinson, discussing the ACT Wellbeing Framework
  • Mike Salvaris and Geoff Woolcock discussing the Australian National Development Index
  • Sandro DeMaio of VicHealth, discussing the recently launched Wellbeing Economy Toolkit and Wellbeing Economy website
  • Libby Lester, University of Tasmania, discussing The Tasmania Project and Good Life Initiative
  • Jacki Schirmer, leader of the Regional Wellbeing Survey, Carer Wellbeing Survey and Living Well in the ACT region survey

…and many more from organisations including The Treasury, NSW Government, Wellbeing SA, Regional Wellbeing Survey, and National Student Wellbeing Project.

Contact us

Have questions? Contact us at wellbeingsummit@canberra.edu.au.

 

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