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Principals Conference 2022

Keynote Address: Wellbeing at the Centre

Keynote Address: Wellbeing at the Centre

Professor Frank Oberklaid
AM, MD, FRACP, DCH I
, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Professor Frank Oberklaid AM, MD, FRACP was the Foundation Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital for over 25 years. He is Co-Group Leader, Policy, Equity and Translation, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and an Honorary Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. Professor Oberklaid is an internationally recognised researcher, author, lecturer and consultant, and has written two books and over 200 scientific publications. His work has been acknowledged in the form of a number of prestigious awards and many invited international lectureships and visiting professorships. In 2019-2021 Professor Oberklaid was co-Chair of the steering committee and expert advisory group tasked with developing the National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy on behalf of the Federal Government. He is Chair of the Victorian Children’s Council, which advises the Premier and Ministers on child health policy. Professor Oberklaid leads a Mental Health in Primary Schools project on behalf of MCRI and in partnership with the Victorian Government. Professor Oberklaid also chairs or is a member of several other important national policy committees. He is especially interested in child mental health, prevention and early intervention, and the use of research findings to inform public policy and service delivery.

Emeritus Professor Helen Cahill
Graduate School of Education
, University of Melbourne

Helen Cahill leads a body of research addressing child and youth wellbeing. She has developed a number of student voice, violence-reduction, social and emotional learning, gender rights, sexuality, and drug education programs for use in schools and community settings in Australia, as well as a range of countries across the Asia-Pacific and East and Southern Africa regions. She has authored over 100 publications, including over 40 wellbeing education programs for use in school and community settings. She is lead author of Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships, an open access, evidence-informed social and emotional learning and respectful relationships education program for Australian students from Foundation to Year 12, and the UNESCO Connect with Respect program for prevention of school related gender-based violence.