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If you are over 50 and you join one social group today you will cut your risk of being diagnosed with depression in the next two years by 24%. With every group membership that that you lose after retirement, your quality of life declines by 10%, and your life expectancy reduces by about 3%. Such statistics point to the fact that group life is an important determinant of well-being and health. People who are more socially connected generally live longer and are healthier than those who are socially isolated.

This presentation will address the impact of social life on health and how the UQ developed program, Groups 4 Health is delivering the social cure to a range of vulnerable groups including new mothers, retirees, and people recovering from addiction.


Image of Professor Alex HaslamProfessor Alex Haslam, Professor of Psychology and ARC Laureate Fellow

Alex Haslam is Professor of Psychology and an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in social, organizational and clinical contexts. Together with over 200 co-authors around the world, Alex has written and edited 12 books and published over 200 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. According to Google Scholar, this work has been cited over 30,000 times.  Alex is a former Chief Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology and currently Associate Editor of The Leadership Quarterly.  In 2005 he won the European Association of Social Psychology’s Kurt Lewin Medal for outstanding scientific contribution; in 2013 he won the International Leadership Association’s Outstanding Leadership Book Award for The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power (Haslam, Reicher & Platow, 2011); in 2016 he won the British Psychology Society Presidents’ Award for distinguished contributions to psychological knowledge; and in 2017 he won the International Society for Political Psychology’s Sanford Prize for distinguished contributions to political psychology (with Steve Reicher), and the APS College of Organisational Psychology’s Workplace Excellence Award for Leadership Development (with Nik Steffens & Kim Peters).

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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$30.00 per person


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