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

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Our Wellbeing is Our Wealth Online Series consists of five 2.5 hour online workshops held on Mondays over 5 weeks - 1 August to 29 August - 9.30am - 12.00pm

The online training series is designed as a five workshop training package that provides a comprehensive overview of the research, evidence and latest international thinking on the application of wellbeing principles in different settings.

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

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

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

Hear from an experienced wellbeing specialist who has lectured and implemented numerous wellbeing programmes at the local, national and international levels 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 this country's recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The challenge is how do we move beyond wellbeing being just another 'buzz' word to a dynamic process that underpins the ability for individuals, whånau and communities to thrive and to be an instrument for systemic transformational change.

There are several internationally recognised wellbeing models and frameworks as well as local models such as Whare Tapa Whā. The workshop will provide participants with an overview of:

  • what is meant by wellbeing
  • the principles of wellbeing and how they can inform and shape social policy and service delivery 
  • how a wellbeing focus contributes to reducing social and economic disparities.

The training series provides a comprehensive overview of the theory and the practice of promoting 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 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 structural and systemic factors that negatively impact on individual and collective wellbeing.  These failures often results in programmes that have minimal impact and where the achievement of long term wellbeing outcomes is difficult to achieve 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. An overview of the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool which provides a systematic approach to assessing the impact of policy, workplace demands, service and programme delivery on people's wellbeing 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 wellbeing
  • explore how to apply wellbeing principles to programmes and service delivery or individual professional practice
  • learn about a methodology to develop wellbeing outcomes that are appropriate for the setting (e.g. a workplace) and create a wellbeing framework to underpin a wellbeing plan or initiative
  • be familiarised with the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool
  • critically assess appropriateness and applicability of mental wellbeing programmes or approaches for target audiences

Training Series Programme

Workshop 1: (1 August)
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: (8 August)
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: (15 August)
Social and cultural determinants of Wellbeing
The Wheel of Wellbeing
The role of place and environment 

Workshop 4: (22 August)
Agents of Wellbeing
Collaborative partnerships for wellbeing - collective impact for transformational change

Workshop 5: (29 August)
Designing a wellbeing programme
Introduction to a wellbeing outcomes framework and developing a wellbeing programme logic


Feedback from previous participants

“Barry’s ability to translate research findings into everyday language means I have a much clearer understanding of the principles of wellbeing and how to apply it to my work”  Community Worker

“Barry’s understanding of various cultural models of wellbeing meant I felt included and my culture respected”    Pacific Island Community Leader

“I now have a better understanding of the role of local government in promoting wellbeing and useful strategies on how to apply mental wellbeing outcomes to our Community Plan”            Council Policy Officer

“A holistic approach to wellbeing which included the spiritual dimension” Church Minister

“So glad I came. Going away with heaps of knowledge and know how to apply in our workplace wellbeing plan. Fantastic opportunity to learn from someone so experienced and knowledgeable ” Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager

“Your passion for mental wellbeing made this a thoroughly stimulating workshop”  Health Promoter

“Really appreciated the sociological analysis and your understanding of the impact of inequality, marginalisation and discrimination on people’s wellbeing”    Social Justice Advocate

“Most helpful workshop I have attended in a very long time”  Wellbeing Programme Facilitator

    An opportunity for learning with internationally respected and award winning mental wellbeing practitioner and suicidologist, Barry Taylor

    Barry has worked in mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention/postvention for 34 years at the local, national and international levels.  His extensive experience includes sitting on state and national government advisory committees; designing, implementing and evaluating suicide prevention programs; writing suicide prevention guidelines, training packages and community resources; providing technical advice to community based and national mental wellbeing and suicide prevention programs. 

    He has led multiple ‘firsts’ in mental wellbeing both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.  In recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention, he was awarded in 2016 the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award.  He currently sits on the Health and Disability Ethics Committee.

    Barry has lectured on wellbeing both nationally and internationally and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.  He brings to this workshop extensive experience in advising communities and government on post-disaster recovery in terms of both mental wellbeing promotion / community resiliency and suicide prevention. 

    As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social and cultural determinants of wellbeing, especially the role of gender and he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting wellbeing in men. He has examined the impact of discrimination, internalised stigma, social exclusion or inclusion on mental wellbeing along with the role of human rights as an enabler of wellbeing.

    He embraces a holistic understanding of wellbeing and has an interest in the role spirituality and ecology contributes to a person's wellbeing. He uses a population health and systems change approach, drawing on transformational change theory and collective impact.

    After a number of years overseas, Barry is living back in New Zealand and is passionate about building the knowledge base, competence and capability within our country to promote well whānau, workplaces and communities and for the incorporation of wellbeing principles in public policy and social outcomes such as education, training and employment.____________________________________________________________



      Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist. 

      Payment:  Payment is by either Visa or Mastercard.

      Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At payment method click on Invoice

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      Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, DHBs, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

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      1.  Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled. Late payment fees apply.

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      Cancellation and Refund Policy

      Workshops can fill quickly. If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. The following refund policy is strictly adhered to.

      Cancellation up to seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop:  Full Refund less $35 + GST admin fee

      Cancellation within seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: No refund but registration can be transferred to another person. To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.

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      Organiser Contact Details

      Barry Taylor
      Principal Consultant |  TaylorMade Training and Consulting
      Office:  04 280 0146                           Mobile:  022 104 5060
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