Positive Schools

Master Class (Day 2)

Main Stage (Day 1)


Workshop Room

13.30 – 15.00


KidsMatter & MindMatters



The Path To Recognition For Schools Implementing Whole School Mental Health And Well-Being Approaches

WA Workshop - Teaching Social Skills: Where do I start and where do I end?

SEL: In and Out of the Classroom . Using the expertise and experience of schools  on the KidsMatter & MindMatters journey hear what works and what doesn’t work in implementing a Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) program and teaching social and emotional competencies successfully within a school setting.  Project staff will share insights, stories and practical examples from schools who have experienced success in embedding SEL throughout the curriculum. This session will highlight examples of SEL programs and instructional practice that works within the WA context and how this fits with the Australian Curriculum.

Stephen Macdonald – WA State Coordinator of KidsMatter
Stephen brings to the role 18 years of experience in a wide variety of schools and mental health services roles. Prior to working in a school in a teaching capacity he worked in community development with local government and a community service organisation implementing positive school initiatives. 

Joyce Lewis-Affleck – WA State Project Officer for MindMatters
Joyce has worked in a range of education, mental health and community settings promoting inclusive practice, empowerment and engagement. She has delivered professional development and community development programs for mental health and wellbeing; supporting individuals and families, schools, and health and human service agencies.

QLD Workshop - Positive schools in practice

A showcase of KidsMatter Primary and MindMatters schools demonstrating proactive approaches to wellbeing using whole school frameworks. Two schools will share their journey of wellbeing, passing on some useful hints and strategies.

Olivia Fisher – Queensland Co-ordinator for MindMatters
Olivia Fisher is an Occupational Therapist with a background in acute mental health care and mental health promotion. Her roles in MindMatters, KidsMatter Primary and Resiliency in Bayside Schools Projects have given her the opportunity to demonstrate her enthusiasm for mental health promotion. 

Michael Hardie – Queensland Primary Coordinator for KidsMatter
Michael Hardie has worked in health promotion, education and community development for over 20 years in Queensland, Scotland and Spain. Michael is passionately committed to engaging primary school communities and taking a creative approach to mental health and wellbeing.

VIC Workshop - Creating a Positive Organisation - planning for wellbeing”.

Creating a positive organisation takes planning and vision. MindMatters and KidsMatter have led the way in supporting schools to think more strategically about student wellbeing and have provided a variety of tools to make the process as accessible as possible.  Discover how your school can plan and work towards creating a positive school and be nationally recognised for your efforts. All resources and professional learning for schools are free.

Rob Mason – Victorian Coordinator KidsMatter
Rob Mason joined the KidsMatter team as a state project officer for Victoria, before taking on the role of State Coordinator in 2012. Rob has been working as a social worker with young people and families for 25 years in a range of settings. He has spent twelve years working as a social worker with DEECD, providing case management support, guidance to wellbeing teams, and offering secondary consultation and training to school leaders and staff.

Vivienne Archdall – Victorian MindMatters State Project Officer
Vivienne has worked in the Education and Community sector for more than 20 years.  Vivienne began her career in education and worked as a Student Welfare Coordinator then moved to the community sector working with young people with high needs.  Vivienne shares her time lecturing at Melbourne University in Student Wellbeing and MindMatters.


kidsmatter positive schools mental health and well being conference



About KidsMatter


KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and early childhood education and care services, and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. 

KidsMatter Primary aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary school students; reduce mental health problems amongst students and; to achieve greater support for students experiencing mental health problems.

To achieve these aims, KidsMatter Primary promotes collaborative involvement across the health and education sectors. It provides a framework for mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention (PPEI) that is specifically oriented to primary schools, rather than presenting schools with a single defined program. Through the KidsMatter Primary framework, schools are provided with the resources to implement a comprehensive approach to addressing students’ mental health which is tailored to their local needs. In this way KidsMatter Primary builds on the work schools are already doing to address the mental health of their students through national, state, territory and sector-based mental health initiatives and policies

MindMatters is a national mental health initiative for secondary schools funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and implemented by Principals Australia (formerly APAPDC).


Mindmatters Positive schools mental health and wellbeing conference

About MindMatters

MindMatters uses a whole school approach to mental health promotion based on the principles of the World Health Organization's Global School Health Initiative and the Australian National Health Promoting Schools Framework (pdf, 207kb).

MindMatters aims to:






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