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Our social connections have the power to positively affect our health and wellbeing. They can foster community development and provide resilience during times of crisis. Social connection can be typically understood as face-to-face contact through friends, family, neighbours, and can also take shape through personal emotional attachments maintained via phone or online. Connections can be with carers or service providers, pets, modern technologies like robots and metaphysical entities like a god or understandings of country.

This briefing paper presents the Model of Social Connection which reflects key aspects of social connection that have been raised by a diverse body of research and acknowledges the changing nature of contemporary social life.

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