Defining and Assessing Wellbeing in OECD Countries: Policy and Practice (80145)

Session Information: Comparative Studies on Health
Session Chair: Kholil Kholil

Sunday, 26 May 2024 14:10
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 607
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The concept of wellbeing is established as a significant policy discourse and driver across the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as the organisation seeks a more comprehensive approach towards health and wellbeing assessment. Firstly, this conference presentation will outline the importance of the concept of wellbeing to the OECD and its uses across various countries. Secondly, it will outline McNaught’s “Structured Definitional Framework of Wellbeing” which articulates the concept of wellbeing across four domains; individual; family; community and society; and delineates a holistic approach to assessing wellbeing across these domains. The model also articulates how agents define and construct wellbeing dynamically within a variety of contexts. Third, the presentation will argue that the Structured Definitional Framework of Wellbeing is an effective model and framework to assess wellbeing and to develop and formulate health and wellbeing policy across the OECD. This is primarily because it recognizes wellbeing is contested, but integrates it into a framework, which provides for organization, structure, and clarification; and because it can be applied across the variations in societies and economies in OECD countries to track progress and inform public health and health and social care policy. The presentation will conclude that use of the framework should be encouraged as a useful instrument in defining and assessing wellbeing across the OECD and as a guide to further research, policy, and practice, across public health, health and social care, and health sciences, generally.

Vincent La Placa, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Vincent La Placa is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at University of Greenwich, London in United Kingdom

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