Conference keynote details

ACHPER (SA) welcomes and thanks the following highly regarded leading educators as our 2018 keynote speakers.
We appreciate their support and active participation to offer two follow up workshops at our conference.

Monday 16 April Keynotes sponsored by              

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South Australian Cricket Association       

Mark Collard, Founder of Playmeo

Mark Collard is an experiential trainer, speaker and author, and runs an international professional development business called ‘playmeo.’ He is an expert at helping teachers learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate students to participate and get along. He is best known for this top-selling books No Props and Serious Fun, and developing the world’s largest online database of group games & activities.

Dr Christina Curry, Western Sydney University

Christina Curry is the Director of Secondary Education, a lecturer and researcher in Health and Physical Education (HPE) in the School of Education at Western Sydney University. Her research is focused on teacher education, health and physical education with a particular focus on game based pedagogies. She was previously a head of a HPE department and has taught in both primary and secondary schools in Australia for 14 years. Christina is
a non-executive Director on the National board of ACHPER. Christina regularly presents workshops, having also been an invited speaker in Australia, NZ, Macau and the UK.


Tuesday 17 April Keynotes

Dr Donna Barwood, Coordinator and Lecturer for HPE, Edith Cowan University

Dr Donna Barwood is Coordinator and Lecturer for HPE at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Donna’s teaching and research has focused on HPE curriculum and the delivery of health education in schools. Her recent research found that 50% of health education in WA secondary schools was delivered by teachers from outside of
the HPE learning area. Donna is passionate about engaging classroom activities and has extensive experience as a curriculum writer, with roles for ACARA (the Australian Curriculum for HPE) and WA (the HPE Syllabus and Protective Behaviours Curriculum). Since joining ECU, Donna has been pivotal in realigning the course for pre-service teachers with contemporary HPE developments.

Dr Bernie Holland, Professional Learning Manager, ACHPER Victoria

With over 35 years of experience Dr Bernie Holland is currently the Professional Learning Manager for ACHPER
Victoria Branch where he is responsible for the overseeing the professional learning program for
teachers of health and physical education. Prior to this role Bernie was a senior lecturer and program
leader in the Physical Education degree at RMIT University Bernie’s background includes training and
experiences in physical education, special education, adapted physical education, motor development
and curriculum design in both Australia and the USA. Throughout his career Bernie has taught, researched
and led professional development workshops in each of these areas. Bernie’s philosophy is reflected
in his twitter handle @vicachperpl “be active every day”.

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.