App/tech business of the week ~ Flourishing at School

25/08/2017 - 09:32

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Flourishing at School is a cloud-based software solution to help schools measure and track individual and collective wellbeing, and develop and assess targeted wellbeing interventions for staff and students.

Jason van Shie and Libby Brook say People Diagnostix is focused on measuring wellbeing. Photo: Attila Csaszar

What? ~ Flourishing at School is a cloud-based software solution to help schools measure and track individual and collective wellbeing, and develop and assess targeted wellbeing interventions for staff and students.

Rather than identifying individuals at risk or currently experiencing a mental illness, the survey tool identifies the degree to which individuals have developed mental health ‘pillars’ compared with a large normative sample.

The result is a leading indicator of mental health designed to reduce the prevalence of mental illness and its community burden in Australia and abroad, while also assisting in optimising wellbeing and quality of life.

Where? ~ The software is a web application available for schools to purchase directly from the website: www.flourishingatschool.com

Who? ~ People Diagnostix, which owns the product, is a small firm of psychologists based in Bentley Technology Park, with clients including Rio Tinto and Woodside.

It also has a national corporate wellbeing relationship with Medibank. Graeme Ditchburn and Libby Brook of Murdoch University have led large-scale validation studies of the underlying survey measure – including the ‘Flourishing at School Study’ of 2016, which included 15 Australian secondary schools and more than 7,500 students.

They are currently preparing a summary of the research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and working on Russian and Dutch translations and validations of the survey.

Subiaco-based firm Lateral is the team behind the software solution. This is a pivotal part of the tool’s evolution as enables greater accessibility and the opportunity to scale locally and internationally.

Quotation? ~ “We were fortunate to have a valid and reliable survey tool for measuring wellbeing, and a base of approximately two dozen schools who were involved in the research and proof of concept stage. With the organic growth of our school client base exceeding expectations, we wanted to ensure we were able to make the tool accessible to every school who wanted to use it. In order to reach that scale and price point, we needed to create a software solution,” People Diagnostix MD Jason van Schie said.

 

$/news/market ~ The company had quotes of up to $700,000 to build the software, but as a self-funded project, this was too much for a brand new product. Lateral in Subiaco offered a more affordable solution without compromising the quality or security of the end product.

People Diagnostix was also the recent recipient of an Innovation Voucher from the WA government’s Innovation Vouchers 2017 program. In a competitive grant application, they were successful in a pool of 179 innovative WA businesses and won the maximum grant amount on offer.

 

Flourishing at School launched on July 24 2017 and is ranked #1 in BNiQ Startups List. 

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