The Adelaide Young People’s Wellbeing Initiative



The Adelaide Young People’s Wellbeing Initiative is a Collective Impact initiative in the City of Adelaide that seeks to improve the wellbeing and resilience of residents aged 18-24-years-old.

The initiative’s members are working together to co-create a city where all 18-24-year-olds have good physical and mental health, are safe and secure, have opportunities to grow, are included and respected and have positive relationships with others.

Who are we?

The Adelaide Young People’s Wellbeing Initiative is a cross-sector stakeholder collaboration. Its members come from a wide range of organisations and sectors including local and state government, the social, education and health sectors, local business and community including young people.

  • City of Adelaide
  • DCSI – Office for Youth
  • Julia Farr – Purple Orange
  • SAHMRI – Wellbeing and Resilience Centre
  • St John’s Youth Services
  • St Mark’s College
  • UniSA – School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy & Student Engagement Unit
  • University of Adelaide – Accommodation Service
  • Urbanest
  • Volunteering SA&NT
  • Youth Advisory Council of SA
  • Young people!
  • Encounter Youth
  • SA Health – Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Study Adelaide

Why do we exist?

In 2016 the City of Adelaide in collaboration with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) undertook a PERMA+ survey on its resident population. PERMA is a renowned wellbeing framework developed by ‘Adelaide Thinker in Residence’ Professor Martin Seligman and is based on five elements; positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment. The plus elements were devised by SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre and include physical activity, nutrition, sleep, optimism, general health and resilience. 

Whilst the city’s total population returned a higher score than the global average, its 18-24-year-olds, who make up a quarter of the city’s resident population, self-reported lower levels of wellbeing than other age groups as demonstrated in the city’s ‘Baseline Wellbeing Measurement Report’.

This result is consistent with other studies showing that stress levels in young Australians are on the rise and that their health and wellbeing are declining. In ‘Never better, or getting worse? The health and wellbeing of young Australians’, Eckersley argues that this is the result of social, cultural, economic and environmental changes. Effects include that young people find it harder to feel accepted, loved and secure, know who they are, where they belong, what they want from life, and what is expected of them. A snapshot of TAFE and university student participants’ in the National Union of Students Tertiary Wellbeing Survey paints a similar picture. Seven out of ten students surveyed rated their mental health as only “poor or fair”, most students say they experience financial stress and two-thirds found academic experiences in general to be very stressful.

Local cross-sector stakeholders believe that it is possible to create a city environment where young people are thriving, connected, safe and valued. To help create this enabling environment, stakeholders have joined forces with young people and established the Adelaide Young People’s Wellbeing Initiative.

Get involved

There are different ways to get involved in the Adelaide Young People’s Wellbeing Initiative:


  • Participate in our naming competition Wellbeing-Competition
  • Join the Youth Engagement and Communication Strategy team email:
  • Become a member of the initiative email:
Others: individuals + organisations
  • Become a member email:
  • Become a supporter email:










Upcoming events

Monday 16.10.2017 – Adelaide Young People’s Wellbeing Initiative Roundtable



Further information

For further information, please get in touch!
Froukje Jongsma-Collective Impact Leader
0422 317 126

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