Join the Wellbeing Panel as they discuss different ways you can care for your wellbeing.

Join our panel experts as they delve into the different facets of wellbeing, such as mental, physical and financial, and discuss how they incorporate wellbeing into their everyday lives.

We have panel members with backgrounds in financial, social, emotional, physical and intellectual (work/study) wellbeing who will be sharing how to integrate wellbeing into our everyday lives and what's important to consider when focussing on different aspects of wellbeing. The panel will be hosted by Professor Doune Macdonald the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (Acting).

Our panellists include:

  • Darrin Brandis – Director PeopleSense
    Darrin is an experienced corporate psychologist, with decades of experience in workplace rehabilitation, learning and development, debugging teams and consulting to organisations on a range of people issues. Darrin enjoys food from regions throughout the world (especially Malaysia) and sport. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and keeps fit by swimming and running.
  • Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson - School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
    Nick joined the School in January 2008. He completed his undergraduate degree (Human Movement Studies) and PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His first post-doctoral position was at Liverpool Hope University College, UK where he lectured in Exercise Science (1997-2001). Prior to moving to UQ, he was a Senior and Principal Lecturer in Exercise Science and Health within the Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University.
  • James Weyler - Private Client Adviser, UniSuper
    James joined UniSuper in 2018. He has been working in the industry since 2010 and in an advice capacity since 2013. James is passionate about the financial planning process and enjoys building trusting relationships with his clients and helping them navigate the complex world of retirement. Outside of work James is an avid sportsman and an Officer in the Australian Army Reserves.
  • James Hasler-Bail - UQ Student
    James Hasler-Bail is a photo and video professional, public health student, climate activist, and wellbeing advocate. He is passionate about transcending individual notions of health and wellbeing, instead emphasising a collectivist approach and acknowledging the vital roles played by society and culture. James is seeking to combine his education with his professional media background to engage and communicate health and wellbeing concepts with a broad audience.

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About UQ's Wellbeing Festival 2022

Bringing together staff, students, and community- UQ’s Wellbeing Festival is the largest mental health and wellbeing focussed event at UQ in 2022.

UQ’s first Wellbeing Festival reflects and expands on the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. Inspired by the Wheel of Wellbeing, UQ’s Wellbeing Festival repositions wellbeing in the context of the many facets of our lives, including our physical, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, and financial wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Festival is coming to a campus near you, with a variety of wellbeing-focussed activities, performances, stalls, and freebies to encourage reflection, connection and highlight the importance of taking a break.

All activities, performances, workshops, and stalls are free to all staff, students, and community. Find out what’s happening on your campus and when the Wellbeing Festival is coming to you below. You can drop-in anytime and for as long as you like, even if it's just for a few minutes! We encourage you to come with your classmates, colleagues, and friends, and to connect with others while enjoying UQ’s first Wellbeing Festival.

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Prentice Building (42)
St Lucia campus
Room 42-216 & Online via Zoom