Consumer Resilience and Mid-life Wellbeing webinar

RMIT's Consumer Wellbeing Research Group is hosting a series of webinars exploring Consumer Resilience and Wellbeing. Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficult life events. Join us for a discussion of key challenges for consumers as they move forward and navigate the new normal.

The third and final event in this series focuses on Consumer Resilience and Mid-life Wellbeing.

Whilst efforts have been targeted towards younger and elderly Australians, there is increasing recognition that middle age is significantly under-represented in health promotion and polices. Mid-life or middle age is the period of life between young adulthood and old age. It can often be characterised as a time of significant challenge in terms of health and wellbeing, career aspirations, planning for retirement, and stresses of being sandwiched between caring for ageing parents and growing children. These challenges have been amplified by COVID-19. Being proactive around health and wellbeing behaviours at mid-life is important for laying the foundations for later life.

Join us for a panel discussion on challenges for men and women in mid-life, and how strategies to build resilience and resourcefulness may help navigate the pathway to positive wellbeing and health in later life.

Meet the panel:

Dr Helen Keleher, Managing Director, Keleher Consultants

Helen has 25 years' experience as a consultant for health and human services, working with all levels of government, community health and women’s health services, hospitals and non- government organisations including Primary Health Networks. Helen has significant expertise in population health training, data and strategy, and published extensively in public health including women’s health and wellbeing.  Helen is Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and is widely published. She is past President and a Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia and of the Australian Women’s Health Network, Loddon Mallee Women’s Health (also Life Member) and Women’s Health in the South-East.

Dr Kim Kiely, Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychology Conjoint Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

Dr Kim Kiely is a Research Fellow at NeuRA. Kim’s research adopts a contextualised perspective to human development across the life-course and spans the fields of life-course epidemiology, social psychiatry, and gero-psychology. His primary research interests cover aspects of healthy and productive ageing, focusing on three main themes: the social, functional and cognitive impacts of sensory loss in late life; inequalities in healthy life expectancy; and social determinants of healthy ageing.

Rebecca Bell, Senior Executive, Medibank Private

Rebecca is a Health Professional–turned–Insurance Executive (!) passionate about making healthcare brilliant for all Australians. As Senior Executive of Member Health at Australia’s largest Health Insurer, Medibank Private, Rebecca is responsible for understanding and improving the health of each and every one of Medibank’s 3.8 million customers. Outside of Medibank, Rebecca sits on several Healthcare boards as a Non-Executive Director and has been honoured with awards such as Australian Financial Review. 

Associate Professor Foula Kopanidis, Consumer Wellbeing Research Group, RMIT University 

Foula is an Associate Professor with the School of Economics Finance and Marketing at RMIT University and a member of RMIT’s Consumer Wellbeing Research Group. Her research interests have included consumption and choice behaviour, social marketing including aging, middle aged health, well-being and quality of life and her methodology is primarily quantitative. Foula has been involved in several projects in the well-being field, and her scholarship has been published in a range of marketing, education and health related journals. In addition to academic works, she is engaged with collaborative consultancy work with external clients.  

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