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Happiness & Its Causes 2012: Tools and techniques for a happier life” will take place on 1 – 2 March 2012, at the Sydney Town Hall, Sydney, Australia. This happiness conference offers tools and techniques for a happy life, taking inspiration from psychology, science, philosophy, religion.

Speakers of the Happiness & Its Causes 2012 include:

Ita Buttrose
AO OBE President and Former Editor
Alzheimer’s Australia; The Australian Women’s Weekly

Ita Buttrose AO OBE has enjoyed an extensive career in print, radio and television. She has edited leading magazines and newspapers including Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Sun-Herald as well as The Australian Women’s Weekly, Cleo and ITA. Twice-voted Australia’s most admired woman, Ita has an impressive community service record…

10.15am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: A PASSIONATE LIFE
Angela Catterns speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Angela Catterns
One of Australia’s most popular and highly regarded broadcasters
Angela Catterns

Angela Catterns is a well-known and much admired media personality. Perhaps best know for her work on Australian radio, she presented Mornings on Triple J, the National Evening Show on ABC Local Radio, and Breakfast on 702 ABC Sydney, where she went to number one in the ratings. She’s also held spots on commercial radio stations 2SM and VegaFM in…

4.20pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
THE TWO OF US
Professor Marc Cohen speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Professor Marc Cohen
Medical doctor and one of Australia’s foremost pioneers of complementary medicine; Foundation Professor of Complementary Medicine & Program Leader, Master of Wellness
RMIT University

Professor Marc Cohen is a doctor with degrees in medicine, physiology and psychological medicine and PhDs in Chinese medicine and biomedical engineering. As one of Australia’s foremost pioneers of complementary medicine he has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy. He is a Board Member and Past President of…

2.50pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
WELLNESS, MINDFULNESS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Sam de Brito speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Sam de Brito
Journalist, writer and popular blogger ‘All Men Are Liars’
The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age

Sam de Brito has spent more than a decade writing for TV, film and newspapers. In his books, ‘No Tattoos Before You’re Thirty’ and ‘No Sex With Your Ex’, he offers advice to his unborn children. In his offerings ‘The Lost Boys’ and ‘Building a Better Bloke’, he takes the pulse of Aussie manhood. His Sydney Morning Herald blog, All Men are…

4.35pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
BUILDING A BETTER BLOKE: BECOME A MAN WOMEN WANT
Anh Do speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Anh Do
Comedian and best-selling author ‘The Happiest Refugee’.
Anh Do

Anh Do is one of Australia’s most sought after stand-up comedians. He is also a talented writer, actor, producer and now the bestselling author of ‘The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir’, which charts his journey from a starving refugee at the age of three to a successful commercial lawyer to one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers. Anh has just been…

12.10pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE
Geraldine Doogue speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Geraldine Doogue
Presenter, Compass
ABC TV

Geraldine Doogue is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster with a distinguished career in news and current affairs. She is presenter of ABC Television’s Compass covering religion, spirituality, beliefs and values and ABC Radio National program Sunday Extra covering Australian politics and business, cultural…

11.15am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS: PETER SINGER AND SIMON MCKEON IN CONVERSATION
Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick
Interfaith Minister and Retreat Leader, social commentator and best-selling author
Stephanie Dowrick

Dr Stephanie Dowrick is a writer, social commentator, interfaith minister and retreat leader. Her seminal book, Seeking the Sacred, was described by Claire Scobie in the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a chalice of wisdom’. She has written a dozen genuinely life-changing, life-enhancing books, addressing with rare clarity and depth many of our most…

11.45am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
SEEKING THE SACRED: TRANSFORMING OUR VIEW OF OURSELVES AND OTHERS
9am WORKSHOP 3: LIVING IN HARMONY – STARTING WITH OURSELVES
Post-conference half-day workshop
Richard Fidler speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Richard Fidler
Presenter, Conversations with Richard Fidler
ABC Radio

Richard Fidler is a broadcaster who has had several lives as a musician, writer and performer. He currently hosts the ABC radio programme The Conversation Hour, broadcast on 612 ABC Brisbane and 702 ABC Sydney. In another life Richard was a member of comedy group The Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS), which played to audiences all over the world. Since …

10am CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: HAPPINESS, FLOURISHING AND THE CREATIVE LIFE
Peter FitzSimons speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Peter FitzSimons
Well-respected columnist, television presenter and best-selling author
The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald; Fox Sports

Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia’s most prominent and successful media and publishing identities. A journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, Peter has interviewed everyone from President George Bush Snr to Sir Edmund Hillary to every Australian Prime Minister since Gough Whitlam. He is also the only Wallaby sent from the field …

3.10pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: A SIMPLER CHILDHOOD
Professor Shelly Gable speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Professor Shelly Gable
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Shelly Gable, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She conducts research on close relationships, motivation, social support, and health. Her work has been published in top journals and funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Awards she has received include the…

4.05pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS: NURTURING CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
2pm WORKSHOP 7: CREATING FLOURISHING CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
Post-conference half-day workshop
Dr Ian Gawler speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Dr Ian Gawler
OAM, one of Australia’s best-known cancer survivors and pioneers in mind-body medicine; Founder, The Gawler Foundation; Creative Director
Imagery Works

Ian Gawler is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected authorities on Mind-Body Medicine and meditation. A long-term cancer survivor, Ian began one of the world’s first lifestyle-based cancer support groups. Founder of the Gawler Foundation and author of several bestselling books; his latest release is ‘The Mind that Changes…

2.35pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
LIVING WELL, DYING WELL
10am PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: THE ART OF LIVING & DYING
THE ART OF LIVING AND DYING
Ross Gittins speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Ross Gittins
Leading economics commentator and Author
The Sydney Morning Herald

Ross Gittins has been Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald since 1978. He is also an economic columnist for The Age, Melbourne. His journalistic experience includes editorial writing and stints in the parliamentary press galleries in Sydney and Canberra. Before joining the Herald he worked as an auditor with the national chartered…

12pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PANEL: WHAT IS THE MEASURE OF A FLOURISHING LIFE?
Amanda Gore speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Amanda Gore
Co-founder, The joy Project
The Joy Project

A physiotherapist with a major in psychology, Amanda Gore is an award winning international speaker, one of only 2 outside the USA inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. She is an author of ‘The Gospel Of Joy’ and others books and has created learning programmes around stress, life and leadership. The latest research in positive psychology has…

4.50pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
CORPORATE JOY AND WHAT REALLY MATTERS
Wendy Harmer speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Wendy Harmer
One of Australia’s best-known humourists
Wendy Harmer

Wendy is one of Australia’s most successful comedians. Wendy had outstanding success leading 2DayFM’s top rating Breakfast radio show team in Sydney for 11 years. Wendy has written several successful books for adults, with her latest release ‘Friends Like These’ due to be published in April 2011, and a best-selling series of books for children…

4.20pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
THE TWO OF US
Dr Cathy Kezelman speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Dr Cathy Kezelman
Director/Head of Stakeholder Relations
Adults Surviving Child Abuse; Mental Health Co-ordinating Council NSW

Dr. Cathy Kezelman is Head of Stakeholder Relations at ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) and a director of MHCC (Mental Health Co-ordinating Council NSW). She is an active advocate for Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and informed mental health responses to trauma. Early in 2010 she published her memoir, ‘Innocence Revisited’ – a…

3pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: LIVING WITH COURAGE AND AN OPEN HEART
Gretel Killeen speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Gretel Killeen
Media presenter; author and feature film writer/director
Gretel Killeen

Gretel Killeen is the author of more than twenty books. She has hosted radio and television programs across the country, worked as a journalist, stand-up comic and voice artist and written and directed works to raise awareness of AIDS orphans in Zambia, unexploded ordinance in Laos, poverty in Bangladesh and animal welfare programs in India. She…

8.50am CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
Welcome from the Chairperson
Madonna King speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Madonna King
Author, broadcaster, media commentator and columnist
The Courier-Mail

As the presenter of the popular 612 ABC’s Mornings program, and a columnist for The Courier-Mail, she discusses issues as wide-ranging as the Masterchef phenomenon, to the future of our Constitution. Prime Ministers and prisoners alike have lined up to be interviewed by Madonna, over a career that’s spanned 20 years, and taken her from…

12pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PANEL: WHAT IS THE MEASURE OF A FLOURISHING LIFE?
Zoran Kovich speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Zoran Kovich
Experienced Feldenkrais Method teacher
The Australian Feldenkrais Guild

Zoran is an experienced Feldenkrais Method teacher who specialises in working with people who desire to enhance their abilities and quality of life by deepening their experience of their body, movement, and themselves. Zoran began his academic life as a historian/philosopher and professional life as a dancer. He has channelled his wide ranging…

2pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
FELDENKRAIS: CULTIVATING PRACTICAL AWARENESS FOR VITALITY AND WELL-BEING
Professor Ellen Langer speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Professor Ellen Langer
Pioneering researcher into successful ageing
Psychology Department, Harvard University, USA

Ellen Langer, Yale PhD, Harvard Professor of Psychology, artist, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards has authored eleven books and over 200 research articles. Each topic studied is examined through the lens of her theory of mindfulness. Her research has demonstrated that by actively noticing new…

9.30am CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
COUNTERCLOCKWISE: MINDFUL HEALTH AND THE POWER OF POSSIBILITY
12pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PANEL: WHAT IS THE MEASURE OF A FLOURISHING LIFE?
2pm WORKSHOP 5: MINDFUL LIVING FOR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
Post-conference half-day workshop
Julie McCrossin speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Julie McCrossin
Well-known MC, journalist, TV and radio presenter
Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin talks to people for a living. After 20 years as a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, ABC TV and Network Ten, she is now a freelance journalist and facilitator. She presented the radio show Life Matters on ABC Radio National for five years, covering countless health, welfare and educational topics with a frequent rural…

3pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: LIVING WITH COURAGE AND AN OPEN HEART
Simon McKeon speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Simon McKeon
Leading philanthropist; Australian of the Year 2011 and Executive Chairman
Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office; VisionFund International

Simon McKeon is the 2011 Australian of the Year. He is also Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office. Simon is Chairman of CSIRO and Business for Millennium Development. Simon is a Director of VisionFund, World Vision International’s microcredit arm, Global Poverty Project and Red Dust Role Models. He is an Australia Day Ambassador …

11.15am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS: PETER SINGER AND SIMON MCKEON IN CONVERSATION
Alison Murdoch speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Alison Murdoch
Innovative educator, social entrepreneur & International Director
Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (Essential Education)

Alison Murdoch was appointed as the Director of the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom in March 2005. She has been working full time on the development of Essential Education since May 2004. In June 2005 she gained a Millennium Award from UnLtd, the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs, in support of her work on Essential…

11.35am CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
16 GUIDELINES FOR A HAPPY AND MEANINGFUL LIFE
12pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PANEL: WHAT IS THE MEASURE OF A FLOURISHING LIFE?
9am WORKSHOP 2: THE 16 GUIDELINES FOR LIFE
Post-conference half-day workshop
Andrew O’Keeffe speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Andrew O’Keeffe
Author and Principal
Hardwired Humans

Andrew O’Keeffe is the author of ‘Hardwired Humans’ and ‘The Boss’. He consults to organisations on building better workplaces using human instincts. He is an associate of AGSM, MGSM and Mt Eliza. He has held senior HR roles in IBM, Optus, Sinclair Knight Merz and Hewitt Associates. He grew up in Broken Hill, studied Economics at The University of …

4pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
HAPPINESS, HUMAN NATURE AND WORK
9am WORKSHOP 4: HAPPIER WORKPLACES USING HUMAN INSTINCTS
Post-conference half-day workshop
Lissanne Oliver speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Lissanne Oliver
Australia’s best-known organisational expert; TV presenter; best-selling author and Founder
SORTED! organising & decluttering

Lissanne Oliver is Australia’s best-known organisational expert helping people organise their work, life, home and time. Founding SORTED! organising & decluttering in 2002, she has thousands of hours of hands-on consulting experience with people from all walks of life. Her methodology is creative, inspiring and practical. Author of the…

2.30pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
SORTED! ORGANISING YOUR LIFE ONCE AND FOR ALL
2pm WORKSHOP 8: SORTED! ORGANISE YOUR LIFE, WORK AND HOME
Post-conference half-day workshop
Professor Gordon Parker speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Professor Gordon Parker
Professor of Psychiatry
UNSW; Black Dog Institute

Gordon Parker is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, and former Executive Director, Black Dog Institute. He was awarded a Citation Laureate, Psychiatry/Psychology, for being the most highly cited researcher in Australia. He was Head, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales for 20 years, and Director of…

2.15pm CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
MOOD DISORDERS – IS THERE A SUNNY SIDE?
The Rhythm Hunters speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
The Rhythm Hunters
Australasian Physical Drumming
The Rhythm Hut

The force combining dynamic physical drumming, indigenous music from Indonesia & Japan, didgeridoo, saxophone, shakuchahi, phatt bass harmonium and modern electro textures to amplify the cry of one of Australia’ most exciting festival groups. Credentials include main-stage performances at Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, The…

5.15pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
CLOSING PERFORMANCE
Sogyal Rinpoche speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Sogyal Rinpoche
World-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet and author of the highly acclaimed ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying'; Founder and Spiritual Director
Rigpa

With his remarkable gift for presenting the essence of Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is both authentic and profoundly relevant to the modern mind, Sogyal Rinpoche is one of the most renowned teachers of our time. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed and ground-breaking book, ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’. Founder and spiritual…

9am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
UNDERSTANDING THE MIND: THE KEY TO PEACE AND HAPPINESS
10am PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: THE ART OF LIVING & DYING
THE ART OF LIVING AND DYING
Jessica Rowe speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Jessica Rowe
Mother, journalist, author and mental health campaigner; Ambassador
beyondblue: the national depression initiative

Born in Sydney, Jessica Rowe attended Sydney Girls High before going on to complete a communications degree at Charles Sturt University. After graduating in 1993, she began working as a receptionist at Nine’s Wide World of Sports program and has become one of Australia’s best-known television journalists over the past 15 years. Most recently she…

8.55am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
Opening remarks from the Chairperson
4.55pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
LOVE, WISDOM, MOTHERHOOD
Dr Martin Seligman speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Dr Martin Seligman
World-renowned founder of Positive Psychology; Director, Centre For Positive Psychology
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Dr Seligman’s research into positive emotion, positive character traits, and positive institutions has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier – to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances. Positive psychology…

9am CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
FLOURISHING: A VISIONARY NEW UNDERSTANDING OF HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING
12pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PANEL: WHAT IS THE MEASURE OF A FLOURISHING LIFE?
9am WORKSHOP 1: FLOURISHING
Post-conference half-day workshop
Professor Peter Singer speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Professor Peter Singer
One of the world’s leading philosophers; Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values; Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, The University of Melbourne
Princeton University, USA

Peter Singer was born in Melbourne and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include ‘Animal Liberation’, ‘Practical Ethics’, ‘Rethinking…

9.45am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE
11.15am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS: PETER SINGER AND SIMON MCKEON IN CONVERSATION
7pm GALA FUNDRAISING DINNER
Proceeds in aid of Oxfam Australia.
Peter Thompson speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Peter Thompson
Broadcaster, educator and author
Centre for Leadership

Peter Thompson is a broadcaster, educator and author. He presented ABC TV’s Talking Heads – a program of intimate conversations about the lives of prominent Australians – for six seasons. Previously – he was the voice of ABC Radio’s AM and Radio National Breakfast – for fourteen years. He is a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of…

10.15am CONFERENCE DAY ONE – THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: A PASSIONATE LIFE
Lillian Too speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Lillian Too
One of the world’s leading Feng Shui practitioners; international best-selling author
World of Feng Shui; Malaysia

Lillian Too’s 89 books on feng shui, astrology and Tibetan Buddhism have collectively sold over ten million copies and translated into 30 languages. An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, Lillian headed Dao Heng Bank in Hong Kong and acquired DRAGON SEED department store group before retiring at 45 years to become a full time mother. She…

2pm CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF FENG SHUI FOR HEALTH, SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS
David Williamson speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
David Williamson
AO acclaimed and thought provoking playwright; National Living Treasure; award-winning author
David Williamson

Williamson is widely recognised as Australia’s most successful playwright and over the last thirty years his plays have been performed throughout Australia and produced in Britain, United States, Canada and many European countries. A number of his stage works have been adapted for the screen, including The Removalists, Don’s Party, The…

10am CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
PERSONAL STORY: HAPPINESS, FLOURISHING AND THE CREATIVE LIFE
Mark Williamson speaking at Happiness & Its Causes 2012
Mark Williamson
Director
Action for Happiness

Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness, a movement of people committed to creating a happier society by making positive changes in their personal lives, homes, workplaces and communities. Mark has a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was…

11.10am CONFERENCE DAY TWO – FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2012
ACTION FOR HAPPINESS: PUTTING THE THINGS THAT MATTER FIRST
2pm WORKSHOP 6: 10 KEYS TO HAPPIER LIVING
Post-conference half-day workshop

Happiness & Its Causes 2012 endorsing bodies include:

Alzheimers Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning including loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. Alzheimer’s…

ANZAP at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

ANZAP was formed in 1987 to improve opportunities for the exchange of ideas, to establish a regular training program in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and from time to time a supervisor training program for those who have received…

Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The AACBT is a non-profit organisation which promotes the scientific study and ethical practice in understanding and changing cognitions and behaviours in applied settings. It is a multi-disciplinary association for professionals with an interest in …

Australian Association of Social Workers at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of Social Workers in Australia, with 6,000 members nation-wide. The AASW is an incorporated company, guided by a constitution and nationally managed by a Board of…

Australian Boarding Schools’ Association at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australian Boarding Schools’ Association (ABSA), as the leading authority in Australia on boarding for school-aged children, promotes the interests and well-being of boarders, boarding staff, boarding parents and boarding institutions in…

Australian College of Applied Psychology at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Make a difference for life with a qualification from the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP). ACAP offers a fresh approach to learning, bringing theory and practice together to create an exciting educational environment. With courses…

Australian College of Psychologists at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australian College of Psychological Medicine membership consists of general practitioners and specialists from a variety of disciplines all with an interest, and in many cases with special skills, in mental health. The College aims to provide a…

Australian Counselling Association at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The ACA is Australia’s largest single registration body for counsellors and psychotherapists with over 3,000 members. The ACA was established over ten years ago and has since that time provided the counselling profession with a voice and political…

Australian General Practice Network at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

AGPN represents a network of 110 general practice networks as well as eight state-based entities. More that 90% of GPs and an increasing number of practice nurses and allied health professionals, are members of their local general practice…

Australian Guidance and Counselling Association at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australian Guidance and Counselling Association is a professional association that provides leadership and support to its members in educational guidance and counselling. The AGCA has over a thousand members across Australia who work in school…

Australian Integrative Medicine Association at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) is a national, voluntary non-profit organisation and is the peak medical body that promotes the safe integration of holistic and complementary medicine with current mainstream medical…

Australian National Hypnotherapy Register at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australian National Hypnotherapy Register (ANHR) provides a single unified national register of qualified hypnotherapists in Australia who have completed the full membership requirements of an approved professional association which complies…

Australian Natural Therapists Association at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) is the largest national democratic association of accredited traditional medicine and natural therapy practitioners who work in the areas of health care and preventative medicine. ANTA was founded …

Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

ASCH was formed in 1974 by a small group of clinical hypnotherapists dedicated to maintain high ethical and professional standards in clinical hypnotherapy. The original concepts and ideals of the founding members have been rigorously…

Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

ASORC is the peak professional body representing rehabilitation counsellors throughout Australia. ASORC was established in the early 1970’s to provide support and representation to all its members in every state and territory. Rehabilitation…

Australian Traditional Medicine Society at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) is Australia’s largest professional association of massage therapists, herbalists, acupuncturists, homeopaths, naturopaths and nutritionists, representing about 65% of the total profession. ATMS was …

Black Dog Institute at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Black Dog Institute is an educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility dedicated to improving understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.

Career Development Association of Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is a national organisation of practitioners who work in the career development industry either for themselves or others, providing a range of career services for people entering the…

Council of Clinical Hypnotherapists at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Council of Clinical Hypnotherapists is an Australian national peak professional body which represents professional clinical hypnotherapists and clinical hypnotherapy associations.

Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Dalai Lama in Australia is the organisation responsible for the management of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s visits to Australia. His Holiness has visited Australia 8 times and each Tour has been of a very different flavour, context and purpose…

Early Childhood Teachers Association at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Early Childhood Teachers’ Association (ECTA) aims to enhance, promote and provide professional learning, continuity and collegiality for early childhood professionals working with children 0 – 8 years across in all early childhood education and…

Epilepsy QLD at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Epilepsy Queensland optimises life for people with epilepsy and their families. We provide information about epilepsy, education, support, counselling, advocacy, and research the psychosocial aspects of epilepsy. We lobby to promote the rights of…

Gawler Foundation at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Gawler Foundation is best known for its innovative and integrated support for people affected by cancer and other illnesses since the early 1980s. It was established by Dr Ian Gawler, one of Australia’s best known cancer survivors.

Get Real QLD at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Get Real is a global organisation focusing on supporting young people and their families to live successful, happy and empowered lives. We provide private coaching, group programs and leadership camps for people aged 12 – 18 yrs and family and…

GROW at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Grow is a, national organisation that has developed a unique community based program of mutual support for improving and maintaining mental wellbeing. For over 50 years, our pioneering program, has helped thousands of Australians to recover from a…

headspace at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

headspace provides young people aged 12 – 25, and their families, with information, support and advice on general health; mental health and wellbeing; alcohol and other drugs; education, employment and other services. headspace centres around…

Inspire Foundation at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Inspire Foundation is an Australian non-profit established in 1996 and is the organisation behind leading online youth mental health service, ReachOut.com. Inspire exists because mental health difficulties in young people are one of the biggest…

Kids Matters at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

KidsMatter aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary school students, reduce mental health problems amongst students and achieve greater support for students experiencing mental health problems. To achieve these aims, KidsMatter…

Lifeline at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

For almost 50 years, Lifeline has been providing mental health crisis support services to the people of Australia. Lifeline is a non-denominational not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of national and local services, working to assist…

Mental Health Association of NSW at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Mental Health Association NSW (MHA) is a non-profit, non-political, community organisation. It is a registered charity funded by NSW Health and other agencies, plus private donations and bequests. The MHA’s mission is to promote opportunities…

Mental Health Association of QLD at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Mental Health Association of Queensland is a non-government organisation and registered charity. The Association’s vision is for communities in which all people are provided with opportunities to optimise their mental health and participate as…

Mental Health Foundation Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Foundation was established in 1981 by a group of mental health and business entrepreneurs in response to awareness that governments could not permanently fund voluntary organisations.

Mental Health Foundation New Zealand at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand’s mission is to make mental health everybody’s business. Its vision is to create a society where all people flourish. What we do is diverse and expansive, with campaigns and services that cover a wide…

Mindd Foundation at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Mindd Foundation helps practitioners and patients discover and implement effective treatments for Metabolic, Immunologic, Neurologic, Digestive, Developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Our focus is on paediatric disorders such as…

MindMatters at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

MindMatters is a national mental health initiative for secondary schools funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and implemented by Principals Australia Inc. Principals Australia exists to support principals and their…

Montessori Australia Foundation at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Montessori Australia Foundation (MAF) is the peak national body for Montessori in Australia. MAF is a non-profit organisation that provides support services to Montessori schools, teachers and parents. MAF maintains communication with all…

NADA at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Network of Alcohol and Drugs Agencies (NADA) is the peak organisation for the non government drug and alcohol sector in NSW. NADA’s goal is ‘to support non government drug and alcohol organisations in NSW to reduce the alcohol and drug related…

National Institute of Integrative Medicine at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM) is a not-for-profit organisation facilitating the research, education and practice of integrative medicine. Based in Melbourne, NIIM runs online courses in ‘Complementary Medicine and Health’ for …

New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The mission of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP) is to promote the science and practice of positive psychology and its research-based applications, and to foster communication and collaboration among…

NSW Institute of Psychiatry at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) is a major provider of professional education in mental health in Australia. NSWIOP provides training for healthcare professionals, people who use mental health services, carers of people with mental health…

Pathways Health & Research Centre at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Pathways goal is to promote resilience and life skills in families and school communities. We provide both individual and group sessions which focus on coping with anxiety, depression, and stressful situations. Our internationally recognised…

Peer Support Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Peer Support Program is a universal, mental health promotion program implemented in both Primary and Secondary schools throughout Australia. It is based on the evidence that young people who are connected to their school and peers do better than …

Playgroup Queensland at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Playgroup Queensland is one of an Australia-wide network of Playgroup Associations whose purpose is to strengthen communities by supporting parents, caregivers and young children to spend relaxed and productive time together. The Associations offer …

Principals Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Principals Australia exists to support principals and their associations to build effective, inspirational and sustainable leadership in Australian schools. This leadership has the learning and wellbeing of students and staff as its prime…

QLD Guidance and Counselling Association at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association (QGCA) is a professional association of approximately 500 school psychologists and guidance counsellors employed in Queensland’s government and non-government schools. QGCA is also working…

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health Inc. at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health is the peak body for the mental health community sector in Queensland. We support, promote and represent over 240 member organisations working in mental health. Queensland Alliance for Mental Health advocates…

Quest for Life Foundation at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The Quest for Life Foundation provides a range of resources, seminars and residential programs that address the challenges of cancer, serious illness, grief, depression, stress or other trauma and provide practical self-help strategies for…

Reach at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Reach has been making a positive impact in the lives of over half a million young Australians for nearly two decades. Reach believes that every young person should have the support and self-belief they need to fulfil their potential and dare to…

Relationships Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services. We aim to support all Australians achieve positive and respectful relationships. Our services are provided by professionally-trained and highly-skilled staff. We are a…

Schizophrenia Research Institute at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

One in one hundred young Australians will develop schizophrenia each year and 30 percent attempt suicide. The Schizophrenia Research Institute is the only national medical research institute solely dedicated to discovering the ways to prevent and…

South Australian Society of Hypnosis at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

The South Australian Society of Hypnosis (SASH) is the primary professional body for all matters relating to the ethical practice of hypnosis in the community, and the leader in professional education, training and research in South…

SunnyKids at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

SunnyKids is a children’s charity and has been providing integrated community services in response to key issues facing at-risk and under-served children and families, for over 10 years. We aim to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and…

Ted Noffs Foundation at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Ted Noffs Foundation has been the leader in providing innovative, life changing services for young people aged 14 -21, who are experiencing difficulty with drugs and alcohol, mental health and education, unemployment and homelessness, for 39…

Wellbeing Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Wellbeing Australia is a network of individuals and organisations interested in the development of caring, inclusive school communities which foster the wellbeing of all students, teachers and families. This enhances not only the quality of the…

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Australasia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Women’s Hospitals Australasia (WHA) and Children’s Hospitals Australasia (CHA) are separate, not-for-profit organisations that share common goals. Both are administered by a single secretariat located in Canberra, Australia. Any hospital or health …

Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc. at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc (Women’s Health) is a free health information, education and promotion service for Queensland women and health professionals. Our service provides equal access to quality women’s health information through a…

Happiness & Its Causes 2012 – SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS

emPOWER at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

emPOWER is dedicated to being the leading personal and professional development brand in the Australian online space for professional and business women. We know that in order for you to be successful in your career or business, you also need to…

Rejuvenators Health Massage at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Established in 1993, Rejuvenators Health Massage is one of Australia’s leading national therapeutic massage companies. We are proud to be the preferred supplier of professional massage therapy to over 800 hotels, apartments, resorts and motels…

Social Marketing Consultancy Australia at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Social Marketing Consultancy Australia uses social marketing as a powerful, innovative, person-centred tool for tackling social challenges. We work collaboratively with community organisations, government, public health, alternative…

Teach Positive at Happiness & Its Causes 2012

Founded on the emerging science of Positive Psychology, Teach Positive is an exciting new way for rookie teachers, experienced teachers, and school leaders to think about teaching. From a combined 50 years of classroom experience, we bring you four…

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