Gabrielle Kelly

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20172017
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Gabrielle Kelly is the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre's founding Director. After a film-making career,  which produced some of the world’s first, substantial climate change documentaries, she was an early leader in the digital industry in Australia and New York, as well as founding Board Member of (the now) Screen Australia, Australia’s national film investment fund.

In 2000, she was Senior Vice President of the New York digital start-up the Health Accord, where she developed digital health and wellbeing products, before being appointed Director of the ground-breaking Adelaide Thinkers in Residence program, 2009-14. This world recognised innovation program was set up to drive transformational change. Its sophisticated change methodology integrated global best practice in a collaboration of influential local leaders, to achieve rapid systems impact, in areas as diverse as advanced manufacturing, road safety, early childhood education, city design, ageing and wellbeing. She is a deep generalist with a powerful capacity for integration, synthesis and leading change.

Gabrielle's work in the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence program, laid the groundwork for what was to become the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, when she commissioned and led the residency of Professor Martin Seligman, world leader of the science of Positive Psychology. The work forged broad-based support for the proposition that psychological health could and should be measured and built across society.

In 4 years, South Australia has now extended its recognised “liveability” reputation to be a “State of Wellbeing”, where concern for the wellbeing of everyone is now part of the machinery of government and a broad collective effort. An unfunded start up within SAHMRI, the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre has attracted well over $8m into this work from public, private and philanthropic investment.

She is a global speaker about the practical application of wellbeing at scale and the ever-expanding body of research knowledge that supports wellbeing and resilience in people, across the life course.

Ms Kelly is proud to be on the board of the Australian National Development Index organisation.

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Research Output 2017 2017

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter
1 Citation (Scopus)

Momentum in the state of well-being: A south Australian story

Kelly, G., 16 Jun 2017, Future Directions in Well-Being: Education, Organizations and Policy. Springer International Publishing, p. 181-186 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Population levels of wellbeing and the association with social capital.

Taylor, A., Kelly, G., Dal Grande, E., Kelly, D., Marin, T., Hey, N., Burke, K. & Licinio, J., 3 Jul 2017, In : BMC Psychology. 5, 23

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle