Our Community

Some words from the SAHMRI Leadership

Mr Raymond Spencer


As South Australia adjusts to the loss of the auto-industry, we are determined to build resilience in our population. The resilience skills not only protect against mental illness, but also build individuals' capacity to innovate, enter new employment and to succeed in a dynamic economic environment.


Professor Steve Wesselingh

Executive Director

Having the Centre for Wellbeing and Resilience inside the Mind and Brain theme at South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute made sense to me. The mission of SAHMRI is to transform research into health. The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre is implementing a strategy to take the latest research in positive psychology to the broad community in a bold public health approach to building positive mental health. The opportunities to generate new research are very exciting.




Our People

Gabrielle Kelly, Director

Gabrielle Kelly is the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre's inaugural Director. Film-maker, digital media executive, social entrepreneur and strategist, she has been working on human behaviour and systems change in a range of settings. 

She was Senior Vice President of the New York-based digital start up Health Accord, where she developed health and wellbeing products to self-directed health consumers, before being appointed as Director of the ground-breaking Adelaide Thinkers in Residence program. The Adelaide Thinkers Program was an internationally respected innovation incubator, which resulted in significant advances in city design, advanced manufacturing, early childhood education, and positive psychology within South Australia. 

Gabrielle's work at 'Thinkers' laid the groundwork for what was to become the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, when she commissioned and led the Professor Martin Seligman residency in South Australia, attracting a range of high-profile partners to explore the value of positive psychology in building mental wellbeing and resilience and reducing mental illness at a societal level.


David Kelly, Project Lead, Ageing, Youth and Communities

David Kelly is an experienced strategist and program planner with a 30-year commitment to working with disempowered communities. In the non-government sector, in local and state government and in his own business, he has achieved national recognition for creativity and innovation in community development and aged care. 

His success is based on the deeply held belief that communities change for the better when citizens of all ages are active and creative participants in community development processes rather than passive consumers of services.

David is the principal of David Kelly and Associates – a company he established in 2002 with specialisations in program planning, strategy and organisational development in the ageing and community sectors. He completed a two-year term term as deputy CEO of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation before joining the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre to lead the development of Ageing, Youth and Community projects.



Matthew Iasiello, Project Coordinator

Matthew Iasiello completed a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Adelaide in 2011. After a few years establishing a small business, Matthew completed his Honours in Health Science in 2014, working at the Basil Hetzel Institute with the Breast Cancer Research Unit.

Matthew then joined the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Mind and Brain theme as a research assistant, before joining the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre as a project co-ordinator. Matthew’s work at SAHMRI is primarily focused on the Resilient Futures project, a $1.3 million philanthropically funded initiative to measure and build the wellbeing of 850 disengaged young people from the most disadvantaged areas of South Australia.