Our fourth National Conference is now behind us, and on behalf of PESA and the conference organising committee, a world of gratitude to each and every one of our participants who helped to make our 2018 National Conference such an extraordinary learning, sharing and connecting event.

To view the conference program, please click here.

Over the course of the conference, we laughed together, cried together, and could not help but be inspired by the tremendous work being done by governments, universities, researchers, parents, health professionals, school leaders and educators who each share a common goal – to improve the wellbeing of our young people and the wider community, to build character, and to teach optimism, compassion, gratitude and resilience.

What a thrill it was to bring such a dizzying array of moving parts together – 18 keynotes, 17 masterclasses, 62 workshops, 100+ presenters, and 370 residential guests, not to mention our evening activity programs which included a gala dinner for 550 and a wellbeing adventure race!

Our 800+ delegates joined us from over 370 schools and organisations – 300 from Australia, and over 70 from abroad.  Of the schools represented, 46 hailed from the Catholic sector, 103 from government schools, and 130 from independent schools, and it was quite wonderful to see this level of cross sectoral participation.

A special vote of thanks to our host, Geelong Grammar School – a shining light in the world of Positive Education.  We could not be more grateful for the hundreds of hours of work done behind the scenes to help us to deliver a world-class conference.  We thank Rebecca Cody and her staff for their dedication and generosity of spirit.

For those delegates who purchased a non-member ticket, we are delighted to welcome you to the PESA community as newly-fledged PESA members.  We will contact you again shortly with further details when your membership has been activated.

We are currently gathering and collating footage of presentations and presenter slides.  Please click on the presenter name below to access the slides.  We expect additional slides to become available over the coming weeks and these will be added to the website as we receive them.

Alejandro Adler Tom Brunzell Mark Collard Georgie Harman


Dr Tony Fernando Lucy Hone Keynote


Lucy Hone Masterclass Sean Inman
Therese Joyce Dr Abdullah Al Karam Sue Langley Emily Larson


Michelle McQuaid Denise Quinlan Helen Street Duncan Reid


Dan Haesler    


Please be aware that many of our presenters have spent decades building up their expertise and intellectual property, and have very generously shared their knowledge with us.  In the case of footage and photographs of presentations and materials taken at the conference, and presenter slides, we would urge all participants to please respect our presenters’ intellectual property, and ensure that these materials are only used with correct attribution and/or prior authorisation.  We would be happy to provide presenters’ contact details should you wish to get in touch to seek such authorisation. You are very welcome to use footage and photos you have taken and presenter slides for your own personal use and professional development, but please be aware that copyright law prohibits the replication of materials for other purposes without author authorisation.

Our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors for their support of our event:

Gold Sponsor – Higgins Coatings

Silver Sponsors

Berry Street Education Model Cut Through Coaching & Consulting Institute of Positive Education
Melbourne University schoolbox

Bronze & Other Sponsors

Project Thrive Langley Group Cotton On Foundation