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Building Optimal Wellbeing in Leadership and Schools

About the program

Building Optimal Wellbeing in Leadership and Schools provides school leaders with the tools to investigate their own wellbeing, examine the impact of leadership on wellbeing and a framework for improving staff wellbeing.

Delivered through four workshops over six months, the program provides a specific wellbeing lens for AITSL’s Australian Professional Standard for Principals professional practice of developing self and others. Participants will take part in pre and post-program diagnostics that measure improved practice and thinking about wellbeing as a leader.

Days 1 and 2: Sustainable Wellbeing for the School Leader

  • Discover effective mental models (mindsets) for wellbeing and personal mental health.
  • Understand the challenges to wellbeing and the resources people have, or need to have, to build wellbeing.
  • Understand the impact of personal work style on wellbeing.
  • Build a bank of individualised wellbeing behaviours to enhance personal resilience.
  • Investigate the facets of wellbeing to cultivate optimal resilience and health.
  • Reflect on your own wellbeing status.
  • Thrive amid the personal challenges that can occur as a school leader.
  • Create a personal wellbeing plan.

IMPORTANT: A process for evaluating and implementing a staff wellbeing framework is the focus of the second half of the program and it is a pre-requisite that all participants have attended days 1 and 2 Sustainable Wellbeing for the School Leader sessions before starting days 3 and 4.

Days 3 and 4: Building a Sustainable Culture of Wellbeing

  • Understand wellbeing as a strategic imperative.
  • Understand the the role of the school leader and how this affects wellbeing.
  • Engage with a framework for collegiate wellbeing peer support conversations.
  • Increase mental health awareness at the school level.
  • Understand the affect of leader wellbeing on overall staff wellbeing.
  • Explore the drivers of school-wide wellbeing.
  • Create a framework for school-wide wellbeing.

About the facilitators 

Kaya Consulting is a multi-national firm specialising in organisational effectiveness. It is committed to building educational capability and healthy schools in Australia and New Zealand by helping schools enhance performance, optimise productivity and, ultimately, maximise staff and student outcomes. By focusing on people at all levels, Kaya enables schools to achieve their potential by empowering their people to realise theirs.

Our facilitators include:

Stephen Macdonald
Stephen has spent a number of years working in and around schools in leadership roles ranging from pastoral care, external educational consultancy and leadership coaching. Stephen is an industrial organisational psychologist with a focus on workplace wellbeing and leadership practices that lead to organisational effectiveness and wellness. He has a particular interest in working with school leaders to assist them with their own wellbeing – the often forgotten factor in creating mentally healthy schools.

Peggy Jasperson
Peggy has developed and delivered programs for students, staff and school leadership throughout Australia and the USA. Her expertise and experience includes working with schools to develop educational strategies, coaching and providing advisory services to schools, universities and businesses across the country, helping to improve the engagement, productivity and performance of their people.

Abby Rammelkamp
Abby is an experienced counselling psychologist with a passion for enabling individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. Her career has focused on managing issues relating to individuals, couples and families, as well as complex issues pertaining to businesses. Abby has a particular interest in team and organisational culture-change programs. 

Robyn Walshe 
After 15 years in teaching, with roles including school dean, head of department, careers and counselling and curriculum development, Robyn moved to a corporate role in a large tertiary education institution. MBA studies led to a strong interest in the link between the performance of an organisation and its staff and the promises made to stakeholders.  

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Developing self and others

    Four-day program

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There are no current intakes for this program.




Institute for Professional Learning   
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am.  Tea and coffee available from 7.45am.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.
  • Business dress is required.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).


Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Building Optimal Wellbeing in Leadership and Schools on PLIS.
  • Complete your details.

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Building Optimal Wellbeing in Leadership and Schools

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