International Wellbeing Conference: September 2018

Published: October 26, 2018

The third International Conference on Wellbeing & Public Policy was held at Victoria University of Wellington, September 5–7 2018.

The conference

The third in the series of international conferences brought together leading scholars on wellbeing, speakers from several international organisations, and senior practitioners with experience in applying wellbeing principles to public policy.

The conference aimed to:

  • evaluate the rapidly expanding wellbeing research across a range of disciplines
  • share the work of leading international organisations
  • distil ideas and practices which will aid governments in developing wellbeing approaches to public policy.

Presenting the wellbeing model

Rosie Deutschle (Oranga Tamariki Evidence Centre) and Bridget Browne - (Ernst & Young) attended the Third International Conference on Wellbeing & Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. Bridget has been helping Oranga Tamariki build the lifetime wellbeing model for New Zealand children. 

Rosie and Bridget presented on the lifetime wellbeing model: the importance of understanding the multiple facets of wellbeing and how conceptualising and measuring wellbeing has the potential to change the way we support New Zealand’s children.

The wellbeing model

The lifetime wellbeing model captures data on all children and young people living in New Zealand and has been designed to benefit the entire social sector.

The tool helps to:

  • map the wellbeing of all children
  • inform advice on what needs to be done to help different populations
  • model the potential impact of changes to policy on different population groups.

If you want to know more about the wellbeing model, please email