January 2014 – Commission hosts Tony Coggins from UK to outline how to measure wellbeing

April 2014 – Wellbeing Collaborative working group established

November 2014 – Planning session for Collaborative’s long term vision

December 2014 – Strategic Plan adopted by NSW Government, which included a recommendation to establish a Wellbeing Collaborative

February 2015 – Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) training and workshops held for Collaborative members, including three demonstration sites

June 2015 – Official launch and formal establishment of Wellbeing Collaborative

In more detail

In January 2014, the Commission engaged Tony Coggins, Head of Mental Health Promotion, South London and Maudsley International Foundation Trust (Maudsley International) to raise awareness in the use of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) tool.

Tony Coggins’ visit generated discussions between the Commission, government and non-government agencies which proved there was a strong interest in working to improve the wellbeing of all people in NSW. This resulted in the establishment of the Wellbeing Collaborative working group in April 2014.

In November 2014, the Commission engaged Maudsley International to discuss the long-term vision and goals for the Wellbeing Collaborative with interested government and non-government organizations over a two-day planning workshop. Future initiatives were also identified at this time to take place in 2015, which will include developing a framework for wellbeing, language and definition guide as well as wellbeing evaluation, tools and measures.

In December 2014, the NSW Government adopted Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission. The Strategic Plan has numerous actions focused on improving the wellbeing of all people in NSW and the use of Mental Health and Wellbeing Assessments including:

  • 3.1.1 Establish a NSW Wellbeing Collaborative to support wellbeing initiatives among organisations, share knowledge and promote innovative and successful activities
  • 3.1.2 Implement local mental health and wellbeing promotion activities, complementary to national activity
  • 3.1.3 Promote the use of wellbeing impact assessments to determine the impact of initiatives on the wellbeing of the community
  • 4.3.1 All NSW government agencies should:
    • Develop a mechanism to include Mental Health and Wellbeing Impact Assessments in the use of development of review of policy and legislation
    • Review existing policies and legislation to assess the extent to which they are consistent with the aims of this Plan

In February 2015, MWIA training and workshops were held for Collaborative members, including three demonstration sites.

The Wellbeing Collaborative was launched in Sydney in June 2015.