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Welcome to the Wellbeing Australia Newsletter February 2015

Many thanks to the NSW Advisory Group for initial compilation of this newsletter. Scroll down for details of the NSW Warriors for Wellbeing and their activities.
 
Wellbeing Australia Position Statement on Education. 
 At the beginning of the school year this restates what our children and young people need to flourish in learning and life.  Please take a moment to click on the link and perhaps share with others. It has been compiled in consultation with members across the country. We need to keep this conversation loud and strong!
 
Positive Schools Conferences.  Special Offer
In recognition of our developing partnership with Positive Schools we have negotiated a 10% discount for Wellbeing Australia members on this excellent two-day event taking place across the country in May and June. When you register add the code 'POSBOD'.  
 
Children’s Rights Report
The National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell launched the Children’s Rights Report 2014 and detailed findings of her investigation into suicide and self-harm among young people. This confirms the importance of our Position Statement on Education.  Debra Magi, a WBA Director reported on the launch
http://wellbeingaustralia.com.au/wba/childrens-rights-report-2014-launched/
 
Measuring the Wellbeing of Children in the Middle Years
This online ARACY seminar was held on 1 December 2014 and you can now hear a recording or read a transcript of the day from this link.
http://www.aracy.org.au/events/event/measuring-the-wellbeing-of-children-middle-years
 
Good Beginnings : Connect with Children Report
Good Beginnings completed a national consultation with children in 2013 to ensure children’s voices are heard. The consultation report can be viewed here:
http://www.goodbeginnings.org.au/news/connect-with-children-consultation-report
 
Resources for Teachers
Some great ideas from Kidsmatter about Professional Resilience for early years educators:
https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/blog/professional-resilience
 
Harmony Day
Harmony Day is 21 March. This celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all.  Check out 3 easy steps to participate including great ideas for teachers!

Food for thought
 
 Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain  
Children are exposed to an average of seven hours a day, This affects  the frontal lobe, which governs executive functions, such as planning, planning, prioritizing, organizing, and impulse control. These children are often impulsive, moody, can’t pay attention and have difficulty sleeping. Perhaps we can apply this research by setting firm boundaries for screen management.
 
Violence against Women - Australian government report
Get Up is concerned that planned cuts will reduce services for women at risk - we know that children’s wellbeing is seriously impaired where there is family violence so you may want to join this campaign.
 
The British Parliament has voted in favour of introducing mitochronria from another woman into an embryo to ensure a child at risk does not inherit a debilitating disease. This is controversial - what do you think?  
 
Becoming an Agent of Change for Student and School Wellbeing: article in Educational and Child Psychology. Click on link to read. 
 
Upcoming Conferences - Click on the links for more info
 
Positive Education Schools Association: Inaugural National Conference, The Only Way is Up!
27 – 28 February 2015 St Peter’s College - Adelaide South Australia
 
New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology: June 6th and 7th Auckland - Other People Matter.
 
Happiness & It’s Causes Conference: 10-11 June 2015, Luna Park, Sydney
 
European Network for Social and Emotional Competence: Lisbon July 2015
 
Australian Psychology Society Annual Conference: 29 Sept – 2 Oct 2015, Gold Coast
 
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NSW Warriors for Wellbeing 
The role of the NSW Wellbeing Advisory Group is to provide direction and input to:
  • Share what is happening in the region and send relevant information for the Wellbeing Australia website
  • Take occasional responsibility for the initial draft of a newsletter
  • Increase the membership of Wellbeing Australia
  • Help the Student Wellbeing Action Network (SWAN) fulfil its objectives - the group are currently planning information evenings for parents.
  • Advocate for the importance of social and emotional wellbeing.
Members include: Alison Soutter, Dan Haesler, Helen Clarke , Kathryn Taylor, Jill Pearman, Joanne Dwyer, Paula Robinson, Robyn Hromek, Sam Kourakis, Tim Connell, Nicky Sloss, Julie Brown, Lorraine Cushing, Sue Roffey, Sue Langley and Debra Mägi. 

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