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CCI Insights Catholic Principal Health and Wellness Report

Finding ways to better understand and respond to the needs of our clients is the driver behind CCI Insights. As part of this program, we partnered with Australian Catholic University (ACU) to conduct research with principals across Australia.

ACU conducts a health, safety and wellbeing research study with school principals from all sectors annually. The research has run from 2011-2016 and has gathered more than 4,500 responses from school principals all over Australia. The Catholic Principal Health and Wellness Report has been developed using the responses of Catholic principals only. It provides key insights into principals' wellbeing, including causes of stress and poor health.  Here's an introduction to the report from CCI's Education Lead, Hugh Easton.

School leaders' roles have changed from practicing teachers with added responsibilities, to full time professional managers of human, financial and other resources. This has meant that more and more tasks have been added to the job description. In this environment, the responsibilities and range of knowledge and skills that effective school leaders need today is daunting.

In response to concerns that the increasing complexity and workload demands of school leadership roles are impacting on the health and wellbeing of Australian school leaders, Associate Professor Philip Riley, from Australian Catholic University, a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, began a longitudinal study to investigate and monitor principals' occupational health, safety and wellbeing. The survey has run nationally every year since 2011 and is designed to collect data and monitor the wellbeing of school principals, deputies and assistant principals, and contribute to initiatives designed to minimise adverse health impacts.

With this in mind, and considering that almost all Catholic schools and colleges are insured by CCI, we have partnered with ACU to financially support this study and ensure it continues into the future. We have also commissioned Professor Riley to develop this special report showing the responses of Catholic school leaders. The data within this report reflects Catholic principals, deputies and assistants who participated in the Australian Principal Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey between 2011 and 2016.

The purpose of this report is to show the responses of Catholic school leaders to the 5 year study, allowing CCI and others with a long-term commitment to the Catholic education sector, its people and its communities, to assess and respond to their needs and concerns.

Hugh Easton, Education Lead, CCI


We believe this research will be of enormous value to our clients and by undertaking research across each of our key client areas we can better understand and respond to their needs. We will continue to fund the Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey in 2017 and 2018. 

Download a copy of the report.

If you would like more information about this report, please contact hugh.easton@ccinsurance.org.au or call 1800 011 028.


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