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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.

HEIA(Q) 2016 State Conference Home Economics 2016—A defining time? A great success

Over 300 delegates attended the 2016 conference, Home Economics 2016—A defining time? held on 6 August at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference was a fabulous success, exploring a raft of issues related to families, food, textiles, pedagogy and the Australian Curriculum through a lens that considers whether 2016 will indeed be a defining year for the home economics profession. The program was led by two outstanding keynote speakers, Dr Helena Popovic and Dr Joanna Macmillan, and supported by a mixture of well-known and new (to HEIA[Q]) quality presenters of concurrent sessions. Congratulations and thank you to all who attended and made it such a success.

Awards galore at the HEIA(Q) state conference.

Aileen Lockhart

Aileen Lockhart

Janet APTA award

Dr Janet Reynolds








Jane and Maria

Maria Learmonth and Jane Greffe



The HEIA(Q) state conference on 6 August at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre started with a number of awards acknowledging the great work being done by HEIA(Q) members—nine members were awarded NESLI scholarships, Aileen Lockhart was awarded the Dr Janet Reynolds Award for Service to HEIA(Q), Maria Learmonth and Jane Greffe were awarded HEIA(Q) Teacher Excellence awards and Jan Reynolds was awarded the Australian Professional Teachers’ Association Dorothy Hoddinot medal for Outstanding Lifetime Leadership.

Nine HEIA(Q) members awarded NESLI Advanced Leadership Program scholarships at the HEIA(Q) 2016 state conference

NESLI was delighted to partner with the Queensland Division of the Home Economics Institute of Australia in this initiative. In cementing this partnership, NESLI has awarded scholarships to the value of $38,000 to HEIA(Q) members to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.

NESLI noted that the applications received from HEIA members were thoughtful, aspirational and overall, outstanding. While the original intention was to award one full scholarship and five partial scholarships, NESLI was so impressed with the standard of the applications that they awarded one full scholarship valued at $5995 and eight partial scholarships, each valued at $4000.

Rosie NESLI award

Rosemarie Sciacca

Congratulations to Rosemarie Sciacca from John Paul College for being awarded the full-scholarship valued at $5995 for the Advanced Leadership Program. Congratulations Rosie from NESLI and all your friends and colleagues at HEIA(Q).

In celebration of high-performing home economics teachers, NESLI and HEIA(Q) also proudly congratulate the following applicants for being awarded partial scholarships at a value of $4000 to each person to support participation in NESLI’s Advanced Leadership Program:
• Catherine Stickland, Grace Lutheran College
• Jane Greffe, Marymount College
• Bronwyn Baddiley, Isis District State High School
• Delia Stecher, Moreton Bay College
• Lyn McErlean, All Hallows’ School
• Meghann Wear, Goodwindi State High School
• Renee Adams, Isis District State High School
• Katie Nelson, St John’s School Roma