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Annual narratives conference an astounding success

Annual narratives conference an astounding success

Published:06 November 2017

Dr Kate Ames presents a keynote at the second annual Narratives of Health and Wellbeing Research Conference at CQUniversity’s Noosa campus

More than 60 delegates recently attended the second annual Narratives of Health and Wellbeing Research Conference at CQUniversity’s Noosa campus.

Themed Rise: a conference exploring resilience, writing and wellbeing, the day and-a-half event firmly positioned CQUni Noosa as a leader in critical and creative exploration of resilience.

Conference organiser Professor Margaret McAllister said the multi-disciplinary conference showcased work that revealed the benefits to society of scholarship in the areas of Health, Creative Arts, Humanities and Human Services.

“The conference was a powerful way to network with like-minded others and to attract students and scholars to work with us and to showcase cutting-edge ideas,” Prof McAllister said.

“The workshops allowed us to work with participants who had a story to tell but who might have been a little daunted by the idea of turning it into a full-length narrative work or academic manuscript.  We developed a methodical approach to cultivating their story ideas and assisted them in acquiring a strong grasp of the fundamentals of narrative storytelling,” Prof McAllister explained.

The following day the conference included keynote presentations, including a very real and raw recount by CQUniversity Senior Lecturer in Professional Communication Dr Kate Ames, author of Will to Live.

“Dr Ames’ presentation told her story of loss, opportunity and collective recovery and gave the audience an insight into storytelling and the importance of people’s willingness to share their stories.

“Overall the entire conference, including the workshops, was an astounding success and we look forward to bringing it back to CQUni Noosa in 2018.”