Reducing the incidence of bullying & related mental health risks

Pre-Conference Workshop  | 30 July 2018     View Workshop Programme Here

Conference | 31 July - 1 August 2018     View Full Programme Here 

The recent focus on bullying in both schools and universities reveals the continuation of an old problem in new forms. At school, online, and in university, bullying is rightfully acknowledged as a serious issue. Equally visible has been the demand from students and parents for a more comprehensive mental wellbeing policy for their school. Already faced with ever-mounting expectations, many Australian educators struggle to achieve significant results in the highly complex task of reducing bullying and improving student mental health. The Student Bullying and Mental Wellbeing conference serves as a forum to help solve these problems. Featuring some of Australia’s foremost experts in this field, this conference will examine bullying and mental health programs that can be practically implemented at your institution. 

This event features 15 case studies from primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, interactive roundtables, and a workshop on integrating bullying and mental health into your broader student wellbeing programs. University hazing, dealing with mental health issues in the classroom, and addressing unique risks to certain demographics will be addressed in depth. Ensure your institution stays ahead of the curb in moving towards a bullying-free, mentally healthy education. 

Key learning objectives:
  • Gain insight into innovative bullying and wellbeing programs that can be implemented at your school
  • Learn key developments in the realm of bullying and student mental health 
  • Benchmark your bullying and wellbeing frameworks, and gain insight from law enforcement plus advocacy and mental health service providers
  • Examine case studies - what has and hasn’t worked for other schools, colleges and universities
  • Challenge your understanding of bullying and mental wellbeing programs, and identify targeted areas for improvement
Workshop Overview: Integrating bullying and mental health into your broader student wellbeing programs

Although responsibility for countering school bullying must be shared and involve the entire community through parents, the media, governments and others, the prime responsibility for bullying in school rests with schools themselves. Schools are where the bullying mostly happens and where both proactive and reactive action can make a difference. 
Led by author and bullying expert Professor Ken Rigby, this workshop will provide attendees with the tools and knowledge they need to create an effective wellbeing program that includes bullying and mental health issues. Through a variety of lectures, collaborative tasks, and interactive activities, this workshop will emphasise practical methods that can be implemented at your school. Beginning with an in-depth examination of how to understand and identify bullying in schools, Professor Rigby will guide attendees through a variety of strategies that can be implemented in the classroom, as well as methods to encourage effective bystander intervention. Among other topics, the workshop will also touch on how to involve bullies and victims in a cooperative process to end bullying incidents, classroom-based mental health initiatives, and how to incorporate the wider school community as stakeholders in bullying policy. 
This workshop is a rare opportunity to have face-to-face access to the knowledge of Professor Rigby, who’s research and experience in schools have been incredibly influential across Australia.

Student Bullying & Mental Wellbeing Top Speakers

Ken Rigby

Adjunct Professor

University of South Australia

Jeremy Blackman

Senior Advisor for Cyber-Safety

Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Graeme Green


Ingleburn Primary School

Chris Presland


NSW Secondary Principals' Council

Dr Anthony Dillon

Research Executive

Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

Stephanie Vasiliou

National Program Manager


Dr Ian Walker

Head, Toad Hall


Bijay Sapkota

National President

Council of International Students Australia

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Why Attend Student Bullying & Mental Wellbeing

  • Learn from and engage with Professor Ken Rigby, Australia’s foremost expert on student bullying
  • Gain insight on cutting-edge bullying and mental wellbeing initiatives being implemented both here and overseas 
  • Design a comprehensive bullying plan that includes students and parents as stakeholders 
  • Access ideas above and beyond Government curriculum  
  • Respond to evolving expectations for bullying and mental wellbeing policy
  • Learn how to prevent potentially inappropriate student behaviour, such as hazing or sexual misconduct
  • Quantifiably measure the success of your schools’ current bullying and wellbeing programs. Benchmark against best practice
  • Tackle cyberbullying head on, and view innovative ideas on how to do so 
  • Efficiently integrate bullying and mental wellbeing into your broader student wellbeing programs 
  • Discover solutions for students from unique demographics: LGBTQIA+; Refugees; Recent immigrants; and Indigenous students

Who Should Attend Student Bullying & Mental Wellbeing

  • Secondary school Principals, Deputy Principals, and Wellbeing Officers 
  • Primary school Principals and Wellbeing Officers 
  • University Vice-Chancellors and Student Wellbeing Administrators 
  • Residential college Administrators, Wellbeing Officers and Deans
  • Government representatives in policy-making positions 

Student Bullying & Mental Wellbeing Sponsorship

The Student Bullying & Mental Wellbeing conference will be a key gathering point for leading educators across Australia grappling with the complex matters of bullying, mental wellbeing, and combatting inappropriate behaviour.

Who should sponsor?
  • Health and wellbeing consultants
  • Psychology services and consulting
  • Law firms who can assist educational institutions manage their obligations
  • Support and assistance providers for students
  • Providers of technology and tools to help combat cyberbullying
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Student Bullying & Mental Wellbeing Venue

Mercure Sydney

Address: 818 - 820 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Conference: Grand Central
Workshop: Martin Place

Mercure Sydney is offering a 10% discount on accommodation. Please call the Mercure Sydney Reservations team at 02 9217 6797 or email and quote block code AVENTEDGE18 to book your room. Please note that the discount code will not work online.