Associate Professor Helen Street will talk about STAFF WELLBEING and present on finding a SENSE OF PURPOSE


Having successfully completed a PhD in depression and wellbeing at The University of Sheffield in the UK, Dr Helen Street worked in mental health research before travelling to Australia in 1998.


Helen was employed as a university lecturer in Queensland and quickly gained international standing as an expert in psychological aspects of depression and wellbeing. She has published internationally in respected academic journals and presented her work in Europe, North America and Australia. 


In 1999 Helen was employed by the medical faculty at the University of Western Australia. She became a senior lecturer in 2003 and took over the running of the undergraduate Behavioural Science program in late 2005.


Helen began formally evaluating children in school settings in Australia in 2000 and quickly gained a reputation as an advocate for the importance of meaningful and accurate evaluation of wellbeing within our schools. 


In addition to her published papers, Helen co-wrote the self-help book “Standing Without Shoes” with George Burns in 2003. Standing Without Shoes explores the prevention and treatment of depression through an increased understanding of happiness and wellbeing. 


The book was endorsed with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has been recently translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Helen is married with two children in Perth, Western Australia.


Helen is an adjunct research consultant for the health department of Western Australia's Centre for Clinical Interventions and a registered psychologist specialising in the cognitive treatment of depression and anxiety.





Standing Without Shoes: Creating happiness, relieving depression, enhancing life.

2003, Sydney: Prentice Hall


Co-authored with George W Burns and with a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this new and exciting book takes an empowering, simple-to-follow, practical approach to increasing happiness and well-being.  It proposes that depression – at least in part – can be successfully treated and prevented by creating happiness. 




Available in Spanish and







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