National Psychology Week in Australia

It is National Psychology Week (NPW) in Australia this week. NPW is held each year to increase public awareness about psychology, psychological issues and the role psychologists play in community well-being.

During NPW 2012, findings from the national Australian Psychological Society (APS) 'Stress and Well-being in Australia' survey will be released. This comprehensive new annual survey aims to measure the levels of stress and well-being, including workplace wellbeing, across the adult Australian population using identified psychological screening tools. 

It will answer such questions as: 

  • How stressed are Australians? 
  • What are the causes of stress? What factors protect people from stress? 
  • What factors make people more vulnerable to unhealthy stress?  
  • What factors enhance wellbeing? What activities or strategies are people using to cope with stress? 
  • Are these healthy? 
  • What are most effective ways to cope with stress? 

In addition, a tip sheet – ‘Understanding and managing stress’ - will be available.

Around Australia, APS psychologists will be running local events based around the stress theme or local issues of importance.

Pauline Willis, a Chartered Psychologist with the BPS, is running an event in Perth under the title ‘A taste of the good life at work: healthy, high performance team-working’ as part of NPW.

She says: “NPW is important because it raises awareness of the key role psychologists play within Australian society in supporting the well-being and success of both individuals and organisations.  This year the focus is on understanding and managing stress, so the APS has made available to the public a range of new ‘tip sheets’ which contain key self-help strategies along with guidance on when to seek help from a psychologist."