Official Launch of the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre

On Thursday April 30th, 2015 the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre was officially launched by South Australia's Premier, the Hon Jay Weatherill.

Over 200 people attended this event at the SAHMRI auditorium. On approach to the event attendees were greeted in the plaza by Maurice the piano accordion player and young performers from Cirkidz.

Guests had the opportunity to hear from Hon. Jack Snelling, the Minister for Health, Mr. Raymond Spencer, Chair of SAHMRI and the South Australian Economic Development Board, Professor Julio Licinio, Deputy Director for Translational Medicine and Mind and Brain Theme Leader, Premier Jay Weatherill and Gabrielle Kelly, inaugural Director of the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre.

“In an increasingly competitive and globalised world, our ability to become all we can be as a State will fundamentally depend on our minds. If we can become mentally more healthy and resilient – both individually and collectively – then we can become more creative, adaptable and ingenious. And if we apply these qualities to current and future challenges, there’s little we can’t achieve together and there are few problems we can’t solve.”

— Hon. Jay Weatherill - Premier of South Australia

“If SA is to be a place where people and business thrive as the Premier described, then creating a productive and mentally healthy society is our goal. The vision for the State of Wellbeing, described by the Premier serves both of these objectives. What we are talking about is creating productive and healthy individuals and workforces, because what is a business, but the sum of its human parts? The wellbeing and resilience of the people is key to South Australia’s economic future.”

— Mr Raymond Spencer - Chair of South Australian Economic Development Board

“The thing we are doing which seems to be unique in the world is that we are insisting there must be a link between measurement and interventions; that it is not a case of get the data then try to find the resources to address what the data tells you but a case of measure and build and embed resilience skills everywhere and also respond to the specific information the data delivers for each location. The other key part of our process is leadership, culture change and introducing and embedding the idea into the heart of the organisations.”

— Gabrielle Kelly - Director SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre

“I am very pleased to be here tonight with the Premier to add my best wishes for the launch of the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre. As you have heard, 3 years ago Dr Martin Seligman, joined forces with the SA government to drive flourishing at both the individual and state level. South Australia is currently experiencing a very exciting moment in time, with our biggest-ever transformation of South Australia’s health system, building on a decade of reinvestment into our hospitals.”

— Hon Jack Snelling - Minister for Health South Australia

L-R Mr. Raymond Spencer, Professor Julio Licinio, Hon Jay Weatherill, Ms. Gabrielle Kelly,  Professor Steve Wesselingh