Improving Wellbeing, Mental Health & Resilience in Education

Embedding student health at the core of education

27 - 28 Jul 2020Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
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Dr Katie Fitzpatrick

Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education

Head of School of Curriculum and Pedagogy

The University of Auckland - Faculty of Education

Katie Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor and Head of School in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching are focused on issues of health education, physical education and sexuality education, as well as critical ethnographic and poetic research methods. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters in these areas, as well as 6 books. She has a background teaching in New Zealand high schools, and also led the writing of the policy: Sexuality Education: A guide for Principals, Boards of Trustees and Teachers (Ministry of Education, 2015) ,and co-authored a teaching resource for mental health education: Mental Health education and Hauora: Teaching about resilience, interpersonal skills and wellbeing (NZCER, 2018). Katie is a current Rutherford Discovery Fellow with the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Dr Kathryn Owler



Dr Kathryn Owler has a passion for promoting wellbeing and enjoyment at work. She has been actively promoting workplace wellbeing for a number of years, as an academic researcher, author and director of Joyworkz, a workplace wellness business. Kathryn provides training in organisations (and coaching to individuals) in areas that generate stress or prevent people from being happy and flourishing at work. Her vision is that people might experience healthy, vibrant work lives, through making small, positive and proactive changes.

Colin Donald

Professional Expert

The University of Auckland - Centre for Educational Leadership

Colin is a Professional Expert at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Education Leadership supporting and developing the Growing Great Leaders™ course and delivering leadership PLD. Colin has a background in senior education leadership spanning 25 years, including seven years as principal of King’s High School. In recent years he has led school reform and school leadership projects in the Middle East and completed contracts with the Ministry of Education and NZQA. Colin’s time in the First-time Principals’ Programme includes mentoring a number of First-time Principals, reporting the programme outcomes to the Ministry of Education, participating in the FTP regional seminar programme and being co-Lead Mentor for the central south region. Within the Centre for Education Leadership Colin has responsibility for overseeing marketing activities and takes a lead role in promoting the Centre’s programmes to clients in the Middle East and Asia.
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