Conference keynote details

ACHPER (SA) would like to thank the keynote speakers from 2017.

Maree Dinan-Thompson, Associate Professor in HPE Curriculum and Dean for Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement, James Cook University (Australia)

Maree Dinan-Thompson is Associate Professor in HPE Curriculum, and currently Dean (Acting) for Learning,  Teaching and Student Engagement, at James Cook University. Maree’s teaching and research has focused on HPE curriculum, construction and implementation issues, and more recently assessment. Her recent research on assessment in PE has called for in-depth studies including student and teacher voice to build assessment literacy capacities. Maree has also acted in advisory and expert writing roles for ACARA and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).


Mitchell Hewitt, National Education Project Manager, Tennis Australia

Mitchell Hewitt is the National Education Project Manager for Tennis Australia. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) (Hons), Grad Dip Ed (Teaching), Masters in Education and has a PhD in pedagogy (teaching styles and coaching methodology). Mitchell has over 20 years tennis coaching experience and has been a primary and secondary physical education teacher. A highly regarded and renowned presenter, we look forward to Mitchell’s insightful approaches to teaching and coaching and value his active involvement with the Conference.


Dawn Penney, Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University

Dawn Penney is a Professorial Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Australia, an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, and a member of the ACHPER National Board. Dawn’s research focuses on contemporary developments in policy, curriculum and assessment relating to Health and Physical Education and sport in schools and aims to bring equity issues to the fore of political and professional debates. She is a passionate teacher educator and researcher who has worked with curriculum authorities and sport organisations nationally and internationally in curriculum developments and initiatives designed to support the provision of quality physical education. Dawn’s publications include Politics, policy and practice in Physical Education (1999); Gender and Physical Education: Contemporary issues and future directions (2002); Sport Education in Physical Education: Research Based Practice (2005); Assessment in Physical Education: A sociocultural perspective (2013) and School health education in changing times. Curriculum, pedagogies and partnerships (2016).

Dr Louise McCuaig, Senior Lecturer Health and Physical Education, The University of Queensland

Dr Louise McCuaig is Senior Lecturer Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Teaching and Learning Chair at the School of Human Movement & Nutrition Science, The University of Queensland. Louise’s teaching and research addresses the curriculum, pedagogical and assessment practices of school based health education, and the impact of teacher education, caring teachers and health literacy curricula on young people’s healthy living practices. Louise’s research relating to health literacy and salutogenic models of health and wellbeing contributed to the development of two foundational propositions underpinning the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education.


Other Presenters

ACHPER (SA) thanks all of our presenters for their time and efforts to share their professional practice with their peers. The strength of ACHPER (SA) professional learning programs reflect the highly professional approach to teaching and learning of our local South Australian educators.

We are thankful to access such innovative and enthusiastic presenters to stimulate our annual Conference.