Mental Health and Wellbeing

Man holding head, showing anxiety

This symposium will examine the utility of broader wellbeing measures to describe quality of life across the adult lifespan. Dr Burns will first present a general introduction and theoretical overview of personal wellbeing models and how such indicators can be used to inform local and national policy, and to complement traditional measures of psychological distress. The following presenters will then demonstrate the application of different wellbeing dimensions in two very different contexts. Ms. Cosgrove will present on her content analysis of Australian Defence Force health policy to examine how wellbeing and positive mental health is contextualised in an organisational context. Rev. Prof Mackinlay will present on her research and practical work by discussing on her work regarding the spiritual dimensions of wellbeing with a particular focus on the importance of meaning and personal narrative in older adults, and with a special focus on those living with dementia.

To find out more about the speakers and presentations, download a copy of the event flyer here