The Principal Wellbeing Program is designed to ensure that you continue to feel supported in the face of growing job complexity, workload, increased stress, accountability and the like.
In essence, this initiative has been prompted by the work of Assoc. Professor Philip Riley (ACU-2011-2015), The ELITE Research Project (2014), and Phillips & Sen (2011), which has highlighted a number of ‘alarming’ health related issues in principals generally. In Australia approximately 70% of principals reported working upwards of 51-56 hours per week (24% over 60 hours!), 56% admitted that they were struggling to cope with the demands, expectations, accountabilities, parent conflict, under-performing staff and so on. Of particular concern; 1 in 6 principals are suffering from depression type symptoms (that equates to 5 or 6 of our colleagues in the Wagga diocese!), nearly half of all principals are taking some form of prescription medication, 79% considered their job ‘high-stress’, and 3% have considered self-harm.