Building Wellbeing



Wellbeing is not a one-dimensional idea but a multifaceted construct composed of several different elements. The WRC uses a custom built online platform to measure an individual’s complete mental health. Users get invited to an easy-to-use tool that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

The survey will focus on the following key measures:   

  • Wellbeing (using PERMA framework or other scientific scales as agreed) 
  • ‘Plus’ elements including Resilience, Optimism, as well as personal experiences of Physical Activity, Nutrition and Sleep; 
  • Psychological Distress (K10 or DASS scale); 
  • Work Wellbeing elements such as Work Pride, Work Effort, Work Meaning, Work Relationships and Intention to Leave; 
  • Demographic data to enable targeted analysis and action; and 
  • Additional scales as requested by our partners. 
  • Increase Individual Agency for Self-Care 

The WRC measurement tool provides an online confidential individual report that gives each participant immediate insight into how they score on aspects of their mental health, encouraging individual agency to begin to act toward improving or maintaining their mental health, irrespective of the timing of workplace interventions. 

Support Organistional-level Data Driven Decision Making:

The WRC assessment framework assesses outcomes and specific drivers of wellbeing at individual, relational, and group levels, placing the observed scores and reports in relation to the individual (Me), their interpersonal relationships (We), and the overall organisation or community (Us). These differing levels of information, broken down by demographic data points, and provided as an aggregated, de-identified report, will equip leaders to make informed decisions about where and how to invest in organisational wellbeing, post the delivery of the universal resilience skills training. 

This approach to data-driven decision making highlights “at-risk” areas of the business/demographics to drive targeted intervention planning. Measurement can be done on one time-point, but can also be done at multiple time-points, showing changes in the mental health profile of the whole organisation over time.  

Pre and Post Training Measure to track impact:

In addition to a whole of workforce approach to measuring mental health, the project also seeks to track a sample of training participants across three time points both pre and post training to determine intervention impact. This approach provides a strong evidence base and informs the overall evaluation of project outcomes against target KPIs.


Although the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre research methodology has now advanced, initial measures focused on Dr Martin Seligman PERMA dashboard (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) PLUS, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Optimism, to measure and build wellbeing. The PLUS constructs have been added in response to consultations with global experts in wellbeing measurement, who have indicated that this will provide a more comprehensive evaluation of individual and societal wellbeing.

The SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre has built on the University of Pennsylvania PERMA-Profiler and EPOCH measurement of wellbeing tools to create the PERMA+ Profiler (for adults) and PERMA+ Youth (for adolescents.

The PERMA-Profiler and EPOCH have been licensed from the University of Pennsylvania, with validated questions added to cover the additional constructs of PERMA+ and enable delivery of a PERMA+ report.