How can we help schools coordinate and evaluate the work they are doing on wellbeing?

In this interview, Lea Waters explains how her work has culminated in a model that helps school do just that. She outlines the progress she has seen in wellbeing in education and stresses the importance of taking a big picture view of our wellbeing work – what we’re doing and how it’s working. Listen to this interview to learn more about the SEARCH model of wellbeing and how you can use it in your school or organisation.


Professor Lea Waters is from the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Lea is a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of wellbeing in education. Her research is ground-breaking and has contributed significantly to Positive Education, Positive Organizations, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. In 2020, the Governor-General of Australia appointed Lea as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her long-term work in addressing youth mental illness in Australia and her leadership in building the field of positive psychology.