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Dr Mandy Ruddock

Director & Wellbeing Consultant

Mandy combines her academic knowledge and her passion for wellbeing and performance. Mandy has been working, researching, and advocating in sport, well-being, and optimal performance for over 15 years. With a PhD, Mandy is lecturer in the School of Psychology and Public Health at LaTrobe University and a member of the Centre for Sport and Social Impact. Mandy has experience in the elite sporting domain, and she has consulted, collaborated, and researched with the Australian Football League (AFL), the AFL Coaches Association, the AFL Players Association, the AFL Umpires Association, BeyondBlue and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Her research in coach welfare, wellness monitoring, sport transition, occupational stress, burnout and psychosocial factors of sport injury, have been presented at international conferences and published in international journals.

Mandy thoroughly enjoys the challenges of the elite sport environment and her passion is to bring research and knowledge into practice and to empower individuals and groups to actively enhance their own wellbeing.

Once an athlete herself, Mandy has crossed paths with many sporting, professional and unique individuals and she is passionate about connecting people.

Her aim is to empower individuals and to assist them enhance their own wellbeing and performance.

Mandy is an active mum to three boys and appreciates the simple things in life.

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Testimonials for Mandy

“The wellbeing retreat provided the opportunity to become more aware of the key influences into elite performance mindset and understanding self in a manner that positively influenced our lives and more specifically our umpiring careers. The environment created meant all participants were comfortable to share their thoughts and experiences and this definitely increased the overall cohesion within the group culture. The inclusion of guests as part of the retreat really engaged the group and the facilitation of the weekend from Mandy was extremely professional. I can confidently say I am grateful for the experience I had on the retreat and I am a better person and umpire because of this experience.”

AFL Umpire

“Mandy helped us enormously by developing and implementing the AFL Coaching wellbeing screening tool, which was embedded into our coaching practice to monitor the mental health and wellbeing of the AFL coaching group. This tool was a great way for her to effectively transfer deep theoretical knowledge into practice.

In their times of need, Mandy provided important personal and professional support to the coaching group and extended family members. She was able to build a trustworthy rapport with the members of the AFL coaching community, because she mixed subject matter expertise with genuine care.

At a personal level, I found Mandy to be a delight to work with. She brought empathy and innovation to her engagement with us and was a trusted ally and friend.”

Mark Brayshaw Former CEO AFL Coaches Association.

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We are a team of professionals, sporting personalities and story tellers that collaborate and work together to enhance wellbeing and optimise performance.