Health Executives' Symposium 2016

15-16 November 2016

Enable thriving health systems through the science of positive psychology

A senior doctor with a group of health professionals in the background

This two day urban retreat is an exciting opportunity for senior leaders in the health care sector to engage with the science of positive psychology and its associated field, positive organisational scholarship, to identify opportunities for practical application to their own lives as leaders and for their teams and broader organisations for the creation of thriving health systems.

The retreat will offer keynotes from leading academics from the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), part of Australian Catholic University. IPPE is a leading international research center that brings together the world’s leading researchers and theorists to conduct rigorous, multi-disciplinary research to:

  • address critical educational and psychosocial issues
  • translate theory and research into effective policy and practice, and
  • demonstrate how people cannot just succeed — but flourish and thrive.

The urban retreat will have a strong focus on not just learning about the latest science but will also provide recommendations and opportunities for practice at the individual, team and organisational levels. Workshop sessions will be facilitated by “pracademics” (or evidence-based practitioners), many of whom hold adjunct positions with ACU.

Senior leaders (CEOs and their leadership teams) in health and health-related organisations.

15 November - Day One

Personal Wellness and Resilience

Registration and coffee
Introduction to the Health Executives’ Symposium 2016 and day one outline.
Dr Suzy Green and Mr Peter Anthony
Professor Michelle Campbell
Introduction to The Institute of Positive Psychology and Education - an overview of the Institute and key organisational projects,  highlighting work in the health care sector
Professor Rhonda Craven
Introductions and symposium objectives
Dr Suzy Green and Mr Peter Anthony
Morning tea
Introduction to Positive Psychology and Positive Organisational Scholarship
Dr Suzy Green
Facilitated Session:  What does this mean for me, personally and professionally?
Dr Suzy Green and Mr Peter Anthony
Afternoon tea
Meditation and compassion training for self-care and health care
Mr Nicholas Yu
Facilitated Closing Session Day One:  coaching conversations and action  planning
Dr Suzy Green and Mr Peter Anthony
Group dinner, presentation and networking

16 November - Day Two

Organisational Effectiveness and Resilience

Welcome back and reflections from day one.
Mr Peter Anthony
Positive leadership
Ms Sue Langley
Morning tea
Positive psychology in organisations
Ms Sue Langley
Workshop: Prosocial Approach in organisations
Mr Paul Atkins
Afternoon tea
Facilitated Session:  Reflections and action planning
Dr Suzy Green and Mr Peter Anthony


Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 16 November 2016


The Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific
55 North Steyne
Manly NSW 2095

Program Fee

Standard fee

For bookings made after 30 September 2016:
  • Individual: $2,500 including GST

Prices are quoted in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST.


  • Program materials and tuition
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Networking dinner on Tuesday 15 November, 2016.


  • Travel, transfers and accommodation costs.


Flights, transfers and accommodation are the responsibility of the delegate and are not included in program fee.

Novotel Manly is pleased to offer a discounted accommodation rate for Symposium delegates, subject to availability. Please contact Novotel Manly’s reservations department on +61 2 9977 7666 to receive 10% off the best unrestricted rate available at the time of booking. Just mention you are attending the ACU Health Executives’ Symposium.

Dr Suzy Green

Dr Suzy GreenDr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder of The Positivity Institute, an organisation dedicated to the research and application of positive psychology for life, school and work. Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of coaching psychology and positive psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based coaching as an applied positive psychology. Suzy was the recipient of an international Positive Psychology Fellowship Award and has published in the Journal of Positive Psychology. Suzy lectured on Applied Positive Psychology as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer in the Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney for ten years and is an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Suzy also currently holds Honorary Academic positions at the School of Business, University of Western Sydney, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University and the Black Dog Institute. Suzy is also an Affiliate of the Institute for Well-Being, Cambridge University. Suzy was the “Stress-less Expert” for Australian Women’s Health Magazine for eight years and maintains a strong media profile appearing regularly on television, radio and in print.

Peter Anthony

Peter AnthonyPeter Anthony is an international speaker, author, and executive coach. Peter is Associate Director at Australian Catholic University developing and running leadership and collaboration programs for managers and executives across a range of industry sectors. As an expert in influence and collaboration, Peter has run workshops for thousands of people in 12 countries over 15 years.  He has completed a Masters of Communication and uses an evidence based approach to his work. Peter’s latest book, Influence People, outlines his process to achieve more with people one conversation at a time.  He illustrates that knowing how to have a challenging conversation is the biggest single issue facing organisations as people work together in collaborative cultures.

Professor Rhonda Craven

Professor Rhonda CravenProfessor Rhonda Craven is the Director, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE), Australian Catholic University (ACU). Professor Craven is a highly accomplished researcher, having been successful in securing over 9 million dollars in nationally competitive funding for 50 large-scale research projects. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her work in Indigenous Education research and research supervision.  She has a demonstrated successful research collaboration track record with high profile industry, government, and not-for-profit partners. Her research focuses on well-being research utilising large-scale quantitative and multi-method analysis such as will make a difference in maximising human potential. Her research interests include: educational excellence through innovation; the structure, measurement, development, and enhancement of self-concept and key psycho-social and positive psychology drivers of potential; maximising life potential in diverse settings; and interventions that make a tangible difference in educational outcomes.

Nickolas Yu

Nickolas YuNickolas Yu works in healthcare and is known for his commitment to supporting wellness and compassion, and ability to support growth and transformation in people. Over the past decade he has been at the forefront of introducing meditation and coaching training in hospitals throughout Sydney. Nickolas has been trained in secular meditation programs including Mindful Self Compassion, Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living, and Yoga nidra. He has postgraduate degrees in nursing, mental health, and HRM and Coaching.

Sue Langley

Sue LangleySue Langley is a speaker, master trainer, global business consultant, researcher and leading advisor on the practical workplace applications of positive psychology, neuroscience and emotional intelligence. CEO and Founder of the Langley Group, Sue has taught thousands of business leaders, HR professionals and consultants how to harness the brain’s potential, create positive workplaces and be more intelligent about emotions. A dynamic and inspiring speaker, her gift is synthesising science into simple, practical tools. She holds a Master in Neuroscience of Leadership, BA in Psychology and Management, and is a licenced Master Trainer in leading evidence-based strengths, emotional intelligence, and brain-based tools.

Dr Paul Atkins

Dr Paul AtkinsDr. Paul Atkins is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the ACU. He holds grants exploring the processes influencing stress and wellbeing in the NSW Police force, the hospital system and among school principals. His research focuses upon mindfulness and coaching interventions to enhance relationships and wellbeing.  As an organisational psychologist, Paul also has extensive practical experience in organisations. He has worked with thousands of managers and staff doing training or one-on-one executive coaching, mainly focused on improving wellbeing, resilience, situational awareness, conflict management and teamwork. He is a member of the international design team implementing PROSOCIAL, an approach for enhancing cooperation in teams.