October 2020 Newcastle

Make it matter: Prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of you and your team.

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This NESA approved conference will contribute 5 hours of NESA registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
Time: 9:15am to 3pm
Location: Club Macquarie, 458 Lake Road, Argenton, NSW
Ticket price: $230 including GST
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This conference will focus on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all educational professionals. It will explore the importance of:

  • creating an environment where there is open discussion
  • recognising the challenges that impact education professionals to be their best selves
  • how these issues can be successfully addressed
  • exploring the five dimensions of wellbeing to identify wellbeing initiatives
  • healthy routines that make you feel good
  • recognising and celebrating the hard work of all members of your team.

It is suitable for principals, deputy principals, directors, educators, teachers, support workers and other professionals who work with children and young people.


Speaker: Heather Irvine-Rundle, clinical psychologist and director of The READ Clinic
Topics: 1. When wellbeing takes a nose dive 2. Pulling it all together

When wellbeing takes a nose dive

In this session we will discuss and identify the signs of significant deterioration in wellbeing function and how they might present in your educational setting. Together we will focus on assisting teachers and educators to identify more serious signs of burnout, anxiety, depression and adjustment disorder.

Participants will leave with a better understanding of the types of disorders that may manifest in stressful settings and to better appreciate the need for early intervention and seeking appropriate treatment.

Pulling it all together

In the final session, we will draw together psychological, social and biological models to best enhance teacher and educator wellbeing and resilience.

This presentation will incorporate the components learned in the previous session ‘when wellbeing takes a nose dive’, with additional psychological models. This will ensure participants will leave with an overall model, as well as specific techniques to handle both acute and chronic stress within their educational setting, teams and personal lives.

Speaker: Daniela Falecki, teacher, founding director of Teacher Wellbeing and educational psychology lecturer at Western Sydney University
Teacher wellbeing – practical ways to move beyond stress and the inner critic

With an increase in administration tasks, meetings and accountability, while focusing on children and young people with complex needs, teachers, educators and support workers are struggling. While research informs practice when it comes to student wellbeing, what about teacher wellbeing?

During this session and through a positive psychology lens, we will explore the five dimensions of wellbeing to identify evidence-based teacher and educator wellbeing initiatives that go beyond weekly morning teas. We will explore how to build healthy routines where we not only feel good but can recognise and celebrate the hard work we put in each day. Participants will leave this session with a greater understanding of practical ways to support your own wellbeing, as well as that of your colleagues.

About the speakers

Heather Irvine-Rundle

Heather is a senior clinical psychologist and the director of The Read Clinic, which is one of the largest psychology practises in Australia. As well as practising in Australia, Heather has also spent three years in the UK working with some of the most deprived families in Liverpool and London. She also led a service providing advice and consultations on mental health to all the schools in the South London area.

As well as practicing for 19 years, Heather has also found time to become a published author with her latest book Hello Baby. Heather speaks regularly on local ABC radio, has appeared on a number of television shows including 60 Minutes, and writes regular articles for print and digital media.

Learn more about Heather Irvine-Rundle

Daniela Falecki

Daniela holds a Masters in Education (Leadership) from Western Sydney university, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Wollongong, a Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education from Parsifal College and is a certified Life Coach and NLP Practitioner. Daniela also currently lectures at Western Sydney University in Educational Psychology, Pedagogy and Wellbeing. In 2014 Daniela was placed in the top 3 for “Lecturer of the Year” as rated by students for her engaging style.

As an educator Daniela has specialised in the area of pastoral care, welfare, year advising, beginner teacher mentor, Head Teacher, Curriculum advisor for NSW Department of Education and Communities as well as the Association of Independent Schools (AIS).

Learn more about Daniela Falecki


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