SWAPv Conference 2016

Student WellBeing and Prevention
of Violence Research Centre (SWAPv)

Inaugural Conference 2016

Enhancing child and adolescent well-being and preventing violence in school and early childhood settings

The SWAPv inaugural conference, in partnership with Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute, Office of Indigenous Strategy & Engagement, The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre (SAHMRI), headspace, Relationships Australia (SA), brought together national and international researchers in the field of promoting student wellbeing, positive mental health, preventing violence and aggression, bullying and cyberbullying, and other related fields. Important foci included Indigenous conceptions and understandings of wellbeing and violence prevention and a focus on youth voice involving members of headspace.

Opening Address was givenby President Coleiro Preca of Malta- The President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. (http://www.pfws.org.mt/)

Performance: ‘Bound and Unbound’ by members of the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, Flinders University.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Carmel Cefai
    • Director, Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, University of Malta
  • Professor Catherine Blaya
    • President of the International Observatory of Violence in Schools, The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France.
  • Mr Agio Pereira
    • Honorable Minister of State and of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Timor-Leste.
  • Mr David Kelly
    • SAHMRI Wellbeing & Resilience Centre, Adelaide.
  • Ms Vikki Ryall
    • Head of Clinical Practice, headspace National Office.
  • Dr Jamie Lee
    • Principal Researcher, Relationships Australia, South Australia.
  • Dr John Halsey
    • Professor of Rural Education and Communities, School of Education, Flinders University.

The program comprised more than 50 papers, posters, round table discussions, workshops and symposia. The conference linked research with translation, dissemination and implementation. The program took up three main themes including, research and early career, policy and practice and schools and education.


For follow up enquiries, contact Marja van Breda: E l marja.vanbreda@flinders.edu.au; T l 61 8 8201 7529.

July 13-15, 2016

Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia

In partnership with

Flinders Educational Futures
Research Institute