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Lindsay Oades

Director of the University of Melbourne Centre for Positive Psychology

Dr Lindsay G. Oades PhD is an internationally acclaimed wellbeing public policy strategist, researcher and author. As Director and Professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology, at The University of Melbourne, he leads a growing and dynamic team of researchers and educators who promote and investigate how people learn to improve wellbeing, in education, health, organisations and communities.

In 2013 he was awarded an Australian Government citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. As a sought after speaker, known to provoke thought, he has given keynote or invited presentations in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, UK and the USA. With over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters related to wellbeing, recovery and coaching and four books with esteemed publishers including Cambridge University Press, Wiley-Blackwell and SAGE, he is a scientific reviewer for the Australian Research Council. Lindsay has consulted to multiple organisations including the NSW Department of Education, NSW Mental Health Commission, Beyond Blue and the Australian Mental Health Commission. He is currently a non-executive Director of Action of Happiness Australia, and the Positive Education Schools Association and a long term managing Director of Life Sculpture Pty Ltd (trading as Campania of Meeniyan). Lindsay's multidisciplinary background spanning philosophy of science and ethics, clinical, coaching and positive psychology, business and public policy provide insights into the multidisciplinary area of wellbeing.


He was previously a co-editor for the International Journal of Wellbeing, a scientific panel member at the Institute of Coaching (Harvard University) and a visiting researcher at Kings College London. Lindsay's current work involves understanding, measuring and improving wellbeing literacy- (how we communicate about and for wellbeing) part of his new theory Thriveability Theory. Lindsay aims for every school child in Australia to have a personalised wellbeing plan via coaching and currently works with a process called "My Wellbeing Planner". Lindsay believes wellbeing is everyone's business and he promotes this using a systems and community based approach- wellbeing focused- different from traditional approaches to mental health which focus on the individual and alleviating negative states. Lindsay asserts that we should "teach rather than treat", an approach of learning wellbeing capabilities - being able to improve your own and others wellbeing.

>Panel on Wellbeing and Positive Universities with:


Great thinkers in the world like Richard Davidson among others have expressed that Well-being is a skill, as any other skills it can be learned, developed and measured.

Martin Seligman has mentioned that flourishing lives can be attained by learning, and developing positivity, engagement, positive relations, meaning and purpose in life and celebrating achievements.

Some Universities had taken a variety of approaches providing well-being practices, a sense of purpose and meaning in life, creating a new category of Universities that some experts have recognized as Well-being Universities and leaders like Martin Seligman proposed as Positive Universities.


In this panel experiences from University of Melbourne,  University of Buckingham and Tecmilenio University will share their journey and progress centering their efforts in introducing courses, research and culture around positive education, wellbeing practices and meaning and Purpose in life.

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