Dr Kent Patrick | Research Fellow - Wellbeing Education Projects
Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Dr Kent Patrick, Research Fellow - Wellbeing Education Projects, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Kent is a Research Fellow at The Centre for Wellbeing Science, The University of Melbourne. After an early career as a health professional, Kent completed a PhD in Psychology at Deakin University. Since joining the Centre for Wellbeing Science in 2016, he has worked on a range of projects led by Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick such as an ARC Linkage Grant “Effects of Positive Education during the critical post-school transition” that explored supporting the wellbeing of young people post-secondary school. This project included a range of innovative methods including working with a group of ‘youth leaders’ to co-develop an innovative wellbeing program to help young people manage post-school challenges, and the development of an app to collect data and assist with the tracking of their wellbeing. Kent has also been closely involved with the development and delivery of Bio-Dash, a wellbeing and optimal performance program, since 2019 including its transformation to an online format. He has published over 30 reports and peer-reviewed journal articles and is passionate about the promotion of health and well-being of young people, and the development of innovative, user friendly wellbeing programs for the workplace.


Day 1 @ 15:20

Ed Tech to enhance school-based wellbeing education: Strengths and limitations

This presentation will outline:

  • Steps involved in the online conversion of a face-to-face wellbeing program that focusses on the mind-body connection.
  • Key findings arising from discovery sessions held with staff and students from government and independent schools during and following the online conversion of this newly developed wellbeing program. 
  • The challenges involved in incorporating the use of personalised biofeedback into the program. 
  • Initiatives implemented to ensure that the online program was youth friendly and engaging, and could be flexibly delivered within the curriculum by school staff without any specialised wellbeing knowledge. 
  • Key take aways - technology matters to young people when learning about wellbeing, particularly if it aids their self-knowledge by making wellbeing education more tangible and personalised. 
last published: 08/Jun/23 03:25 GMT

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