Principal Health and Wellbeing

The Department is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for school leaders to be their best.

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy aims to protect and promote the mental and physical health and wellbeing of Victorian school principals.

Why principal health and wellbeing matters

​Healthy principals are central to ensuring a positive environment for teaching and successful outcomes for students.

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy defines an integrated framework of supports that can work together to promote and sustain principals' health and wellbeing.  The Strategy maps existing supports across the system, fills gaps, and encourages everyone who works with principals to consider health and wellbeing in everything they do.

This approach will ensure an effective team around the principal to support their health and wellbeing.

To read more about the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy please see the Strategy documents below

  • Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2021  (PDF)  (WORD)

The Strategy was developed following a comprehensive needs analysis of the health and wellbeing challenges faced by principals and a review of leading practice research.  The findings of this review were published in the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy Discussion Paper, a copy of which is available below:

  • Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy Discussion Paper  (PDF)  (WORD)

How the strategy can help you

The Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy has six services:

  • School Policy Templates portal - to minimise administrative workload (all Department staff).

  • Principal Mentor Program - to reduce isolation and build social capital (all principals, including acting).

  • Proactive Wellbeing Supervision - to provide opportunities to debrief with experienced psychologists and new principal check-ins (all principals, including acting).

  • Principal Health Checks - free and confidential proactive health consultations (all principals, including acting).

  • Complex Matter Support Team - to minimise workload and stress associated with managing and responding to complex cases (all principals, including acting).

  • Early Intervention Program - to provide proactive access to professional support to prevent health and wellbeing risks from escalating (all principals, including acting).

For more information on the six initiatives and the overall Strategy, see the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy intranet page and Key Services Poster (below).

Contact information

Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy Unit - principal.health@edumail.vic.gov.au