#GeorgeTalks: Measuring what matters: What a wellbeing economy can do for all Australians

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The George Institute for Global Health invites you to our #GeorgeTalks webinar: “Measuring what matters: What a wellbeing economy can do for all Australians” on Thursday 11 August 2022 from 12pm to 1pm. 

In July 2022, the Treasurer of Australia, the Hon. Jim Chalmers MP, announced the Albanese Government’s intention to include a wellbeing chapter in the October 2022 Federal Budget. This is the first time the Commonwealth Government will have implemented a wellbeing approach to economic policy in Australia. 

But what exactly is a wellbeing economy and how does a wellbeing budget relate to it? Join us as we discuss how a wellbeing economy might improve social, health and environmental outcomes and what should be the initial focus of the October budget.


  • Dr Katherine Trebeck, Co-Founder, Wellbeing Economy Alliance and WEAll Scotland

    Dr Katherine Trebeck is a political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and also WEAll Scotland, its Scottish hub. She sits on a range of boards and advisory groups such as The Democracy Collaborative, the C40 Centre for Urban Climate Policy and Economy, and the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity. She is a New Economics Senior Fellow at the ZOE Institute, a Fellow of The Leaders Institute and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. She has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB, where she developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index and led Oxfam’s work on downscaling the ‘doughnut’ for various national contexts.

  • Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute

    Dr Richard Denniss is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator, and has spent the last twenty years moving between policy-focused roles in academia, federal politics and think-tanks. He was also a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Newcastle and former Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University. He is a regular contributor to The Monthly and the author of several books including: Econobabble, Curing Affluenza and Dead Right: How Neoliberalism Ate Itself and What Comes Next?

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  • Cressida Gaukroger, Senior Policy Adviser, Wellbeing, Centre for Policy Development

    Cressida Gaukroger is trained in Philosophy and was a Departmental Lecturer in Practical Ethics at Oxford University until 2019. She has also taught at University College London, New York University, and City University of New York. She returned to Australia in 2020 and worked as a Social and Policy Researcher for government and NGO clients, and as a Consultant Ethicist in Melbourne. Cressida has long-standing research interests in wellbeing approaches to policy, government and economics, and a particular passion for sustainability, gender equality, and child wellbeing. Cressida has a PhD in Philosophy from City University of New York Graduate Centre, a MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. 

  • Dr Julieann Coombes, Senior Research Fellow, The George Institute

    Dr Julieann Coombes is a Gumbaynggirr woman with connections to Gamilaraay country where she grew up.  Julieann is a Senior Research Fellow for Guunu-maana (Heal), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at The George Institute for Global Health and has extensive experience in social and cultural determinants of health research, Indigenous methodologies and applies decolonising methods to all her research projects. Julieann has a commitment to ensure that all research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is conducted in an ethical correct way and research integrity should be underpinned by equity, transparency and self-determination.