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ACAP Research and Conference

ACAP seeks to foster a vibrant, diverse and supportive research environment. Quality research and quality teaching are complementary, and are distinguishing features of learning cultures in higher education.

As an extension of the research function, ACAP hosts an annual conference to showcase educators and their research endeavours. This years’ conference is focusing on research with real impact, both in education and in the broader community. Keynote speakers include Professor Lindsay Oades (Director, The Center for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne), who has an extensive track record applying wellbeing principles to assist individuals, mental health systems, educational institutions and more, and Professor Jacqueline Cranney (University of New South Wales) who has been a leading light in undergraduate psychology education and the concept psychological literacy (the capacity to intentionally use psychology to achieve personal, professional and societal goals).

The 2019 conference will be held on Monday 28 October at the Australian College of Applied Psychology Melbourne campus, in the heart of one of the most frequently ranked ‘liveable’ cities in the world. Enjoy networking with colleagues, being inspired by educational and research innovation in our specialist fields of education, with the benefits of great coffee on the side!

The annual ACAP Conference brings together professionals, academics and students from diverse backgrounds with a common focus: post-secondary education of professionals, particularly in areas of social and health sciences. 

ACAP has a proud history of educating students with skills for making a difference, and the conference aims to bring together the ACAP learning community including students, academics and teaching staff, together with managers, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers from the broader community. 

The conference theme for 2019 is Innovations in a changing world

Keynote Speakers

Professor Jacquelyn Cranney

Jacky’s engagement with broader educational issues began with a leadership role in an institutional revamp of HDR student supervision policy and practice, followed by an inaugural UNSW ITET Fellowship. Through subsequent Fellowship and grant programs, Jacky has led institutional and national innovation in undergraduate psychology education and in evidence-based self-management for all students. She also contributed as a team member to the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project.

Her awards include two UNSW VCATEs and two national (Carrick, OLT) citations (with colleagues), the APS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Education, and an APA Society for Teaching Psychology Citation. Jacky has made significant contributions to quality education at UNSW (eg though relevant committees of the Academic Board) and nationally (eg as a founding member and vice-president of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows), and to quality psychology education (eg through the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Working Committee, and APS Education Committees).

She currently holds leadership positions in national and international psychology associations. She is an ALT Fellow and an HEA Senior Fellow.

Professor Lindsay Oades

Professor Lindsay G. Oades (MBA, PhD) currently is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Lindsay’s work as an applied psychologist began as a clinical psychologist and has expanded across health, business and educational contexts including a contribution to coaching psychology - including the first text on research methods for coaching psychology.

Lindsay was previously foundational Director of Australian Institute for Business Wellbeing and received a Vice-Chancellors Award for his work on Collaborative Recovery (in mental health services). Lindsay’s current research examines wellbeing literacy, personalised wellbeing planning and his new comprehensive theory of wellbeing; Thriveability Theory.

With five books and over 100 refereed journal articles in applied psychology Lindsay has significant experience in developing fruitful collaborations with practitioners and organisations for applied research.


How do I get to the venue?

The Melbourne campus is conveniently located at 123 Lonsdale street Melbourne, in the heart of the Melbourne CBD located near Chinatown and Melbourne’s Greek precinct and close to shops, cafés, restaurants and public transport.

It is also easily accessible via tram with routes 24, 30, 35, 86, 95 and 96 nearby. There are paid parking facilities at 150 Lonsdale Street. To access public transport information go to

Are there any recommended accommodation options?

Accommodation options within walking distance of the venue include:

Fraser Place Melbourne:

Mantra on Russell:

Mantra on Little Bourke:  

Hotel Grand Chancellor:

Who do I contact if I have any more questions?

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