Stronger Together: Loneliness and social connectedness in Australia

WherePerth Convention and Exhibition Centre
21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth
WhenFriday 19 November, 2021, 11.30am (for a 12.00pm start) - 2.00pm

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s new Focus on the States report, Stronger Together: Loneliness and social connectedness in Australia, examines trends in social connectedness in Australia and assesses their implications for human wellbeing and development.

This new report explores the breadth and variety of people’s experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic and asks: what has the pandemic revealed about the state of Australia’s social capital, the connectedness of our communities, and our own sense of trust and belonging?

Loneliness, social isolation and disconnection are known to impose health and economic costs, but which sections of our society are at greatest risk of loneliness or isolation? What drivers can mitigate loneliness, and build our sense of inclusion? Has technology and social media improved our sense of connectedness, or has it left some with greater feelings of separation or isolation?

The findings from this report are intended to increase public understanding around key issues of loneliness and belonging, social inclusion and connectedness.

The report identifies actionable policies and strategies that can help strengthen Australia’s social fabric, enhance the personal development of children and young adults, improve personal and community wellbeing, and support people to achieving their goals, and reach their full potential.

Headshots (L-R) Christine Allen, Brendan Cullinan, Nick Maisey, Mark Gibson
(L-R) Christine Allen, COTA WA; Brendan Cullinan, PWdWA; Nick Maisey, Befriend; Mark Gibson, 6PR

Please join us for a special end-of-year lunch with our expert panel: Christine Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Council on the Ageing Western Australia; Nick Maisey, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Befriend; Brendan Cullinan, Chief Executive Officer, People With disabilities Western Australia, in conversation with Mark Gibson, Broadcaster and Journalist.

During the report launch we will have opening remarks by John Hart, Chief Risk Officer, Bankwest, and a presentation of the report findings by Professor Alan Duncan, Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, and Associate Professor Astghik Mavisakalyan, Principal Research Fellow, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Headshots (L-R) John Hart, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Alan Duncan
(L-R) John Hart, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Alan Duncan

Date: Friday 19 November, 2021

Time: 11.30am (for a 12.00pm start) – 2.00pm

Loction: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

Cost: $79 per individual ticket, $632 per table of eight, $59 per student ticket, $59 per Curtin alumni ticket

Ticket sales for this event have now closed. If you would like a ticket for this event, please contact bcec@curtin.edu.au.

If you have any special requirements to enable you to participate at this event please email bcec@curtin.edu.au or ring BCEC on +618 9266 1744.