IT Revolutions. First International ICST Conference, IT Revolutions 2008, Venice, Italy, December 17-19, 2008, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

A Modern Approach to Total Wellbeing

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-03978-2_13,
        author={Maja Hadzic and Meifania Chen and Rick Brouwer and Tharam Dillon},
        title={A Modern Approach to Total Wellbeing},
        proceedings={IT Revolutions. First International ICST Conference, IT Revolutions 2008, Venice, Italy, December 17-19, 2008, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={IT REVOLUTIONS},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={total wellbeing health informatics ontology electronic total wellbeing record data mining},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-03978-2_13}
    }
    
  • Maja Hadzic
    Meifania Chen
    Rick Brouwer
    Tharam Dillon
    Year: 2012
    A Modern Approach to Total Wellbeing
    IT REVOLUTIONS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03978-2_13
Maja Hadzic1,*, Meifania Chen1,*, Rick Brouwer2,*, Tharam Dillon1,*
  • 1: Curtin University of Technology
  • 2: Total Wellbeing Medical and Counseling Centre
*Contact email: m.hadzic@curtin.edu.au, m.chen@curtin.edu.au, rickb@totalwellbeing.com.au, t.dillon@curtin.edu.au

Abstract

The events of the last decades have impacted our lives and our health significantly. We expected that the technology boom will improve our lives. While this may be true in a specific context, generally speaking our societies are suffering from moral decays, terrorism fears, wars, financial crisis and unpredictable acts of nature that are increasing in frequency and in intensity. The complex nature of the world we live is impacting our health and wellbeing considerably. Our health is not only determined by our physical health but is the end product of the interplay of the physical, mental, emotional, financial, relational and spiritual events of a lifetime. In this paper we develop a framework that will help us define and measure total wellbeing of individuals in our volatile societies. This framework will help us better understand the complex nature of total wellbeing and develop effective prevention and intervention strategies.