Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) methodology is used to assess whether government and non-government agencies’ policies, programs, projects and proposals have a negative or positive impact on the population in terms of wellbeing.
In November 2014, the Wellbeing Collaborative working group decided to trial the use of MWIA in government and non-government agencies while also providing training in MWIA to these organisations. Find out more about the MWIA toolkit.
The following demonstration sites were selected and respective agency staff were trained in MWIA methodology:
Impact of relocation of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) older people from inner city social housing to suburbs and regional areas due to longevity and lack of housing affordability. Read more about the ACON MWIA.
NSW Education and Communities
Impact of a co-ordinated, multi-agency response on students with complex needs. Read more about the NSW Education and Communities MWIA.
NSW Family and Community Services
Impact of the establishment of a Wellbeing Centre at the Greenway Housing Estate on the wellbeing of local residents. Read more about the Greenway MWIA.
Maudsley International was engaged in February 2015 to conduct a series of workshops in MWIA to government and non-government organisations and to evaluate progress made by demonstration sites.
The following workshops were held:
- Mental Wellbeing Facilitator Training (three full days) held at Sydney Business School
- Mental Wellbeing Facilitator Screening Tool Training (one full day) held at Sydney Business School
- Wheel of Wellbeing Workshop (one full day) held at Kooloobong Village, University of Wollongong
- Stakeholder Workshops for each demonstration site
The above training enabled 20 participants to become accredited facilitators in Mental Wellbeing Assessments.