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    A powerful voice for the home economics profession in Queensland. We provide leadership, products and services to meet the professional needs of home economics professionals.

NEW EVENT: HEIA(Q) Food Science Day

HEIA(Q) is pleased to offer a day of food science workshops for home economics and other teachers. The Food Science Day will be held Thursday 23 November 2017 (sold out) and Friday 24 November 2017 at The University of Queensland. The workshops have been designed to assist with implementation of the upcoming Senior Food & Nutrition syllabus, and developed by staff at The University of Queensland in consultation with QCAA Principal Education Officer Penny Braithwaite, who is responsible for the development of the new Food & Nutrition syllabus. UQ lecturers and food experts Dr Nidhi Bansal and Professor Melissa Fitzgerald will facilitate the workshops. Dr Bansal will present Demonstrating food product development stages: Guided satay sauce formulation, and Professor Fitzgerald will present The interactions between different components in food quality. HEIA(Q) thanks UQ for sponsoring Food Science Day and making it very affordable for HEIA(Q) members. There are a limited number of FREE places available for regional HEIA members who have to drive more than 300km each way, or have to travel by air to the workshops (proof of flights required). There is also a $75 flight subsidy for these members.
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NEW EVENT: Expressions of Interest—HEIA 10-day Cultural Tour of Nepal scheduled for June/July 2018

The Seven Women 10-day cultural tour is a unique professional development opportunity for HEIA members to be immersed in the wonderful sights, tastes and aromas of Nepal; to learn about Nepali cooking, textiles, craft work and fair trade; and to experience Nepali history and culture. To read the proposed 10-day itinerary, please visit

Date: 6–15 July 2018 (during Education Queensland school holidays)
Approximate cost: $3 995 each for a minimum of 12 people, or $3 500 each for more than 15 people
Inclusions: International airfares, accommodation, food, local transport, local entry, activity fees, tips and local guides
Exclusions: Visa, and medical and travel insurance

For further information please contact Jay Deagon, at

HEIA(Q) 2017 Practical Day Out

The HEIA(Q) 2017 Practical Day Out to be held on Monday 27 November at St Thomas More College was extremely popular and sold out within hours of registration opening. The full day of food workshops is specifically designed to align with the new Food & Nutrition syllabus. However, cancellations may result in vacancies becoming available before the event.
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HEIA(Q) 2017 State Conference Home Economics! Action! Futures!

Once again the HEIA(Q) state conference, Home Economics! Action! Futures!, held on Saturday 12 August, was a great success. It had the distinction of being the largest conference that HEIA or any of its divisions across Australia has ever presented. There were 396 registrations in total, including 22 exhibitors and 17 presenters who attended only their own sessions. The program went according to plan with no major disruptions. It was a very tight program, but everyone kept to the timelines really well. Generally, there was a very positive vibe at the conference and this was reinforced by the conference evaluation. The conference evaluation was undertaken online via SurveyMonkey. There were 226 responses, an approximate response rate of 63% (compared to 72% in 2016). Read more…
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HEIA(Q) Regional Workshop program

All 2017 regional workshops have now been completed. In order to guide future planning, all HEIA(Q) workshops were evaluated by participants. The responses indicated that they were very well received. Congratulations to presenters Penny Braithwaite, Paula Starr, Kay York and Jane Milburn, and thank you to the regional coordinators and, of course, to the participants, who made the workshops so successful.
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