My Melbourne with ... Associate Professor Lindsay Oades

November 16 / 188

My Melbourne introduces the people who keep our not-so-little community buzzing, what they do with their working days, and what they've learned along life's journey.

What is your job name and work unit?

Director, Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

How did you come to work at the University?

I was offered and invited appointment

Describe your typical day?

I take a leisurely stroll down Royal Parade admiring the English Elms. I have two meetings with people regarding research, I have a coffee. Then I edit a manuscript and send some emails. I go for a brief walk at lunch and then meet with some people who want to work with our organisation. I then do some research supervision and finish the day preparing a lecture and responding to emails about forthcoming conferences and journal editing.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

I lead a friendly, dedicated and competent team and what we do is important. We have a clear vision of what we are trying to achieve regarding enabling young people to improve their wellbeing.

What’s your favourite thing about working at the University?

Being able to link up easily with good people on many different areas.

What’s something that your colleagues might not know about you?

I have published poetry.

Where do you get your coffee?


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Before you say something, ask yourself: is it true, is it needed, is it kind?


Psychology Week

You can hear Associate Professor Oades talk about happiness, flourishing, thriving and wellbeing…during Psychology week which runs from this Sunday 6 to Saturday 12 November. 

Psychology Week is an annual Australian Psychological Society (APS) initiative that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives. 

This year the Centre for Positive Psychology has been invited to run the Compass for Life campaign and will share Ways to Thrive. Register: Enquiries: Grace Fiore 03-8344 0082. 

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