HEIA(Q) plays a strong advocacy role for home economics and, in particular, for home economics education. A strong membership makes the Division stronger in its advocacy role. The role of HEIA(Q) is recognised by education and other authorities when they invite HEIA(Q) to be represented on the various advisory committees. For example, HEIA(Q) has been represented on:
- the Queensland Studies Authority Health and Physical Education Subject Advisory Committee, the committee that has carriage for the Home Economics Senior Syllabus
- the (then) Queensland School Curriculum Council (QSCC) Technology and Health and Physical Education Syllabus Advisory Committees
- the (then) QSCC Home Economics Subject Area Syllabus Advisory Committee
- Queensland Health Technical Reference Group that provides advice on the Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy.
- The Institute holds a national biennial conference.
- Each year the Queensland Division holds a state one-day conference, typically in Brisbane.
- Registration fees are discounted for HEIA members.
A professional development program is offered in regions across the state as well as in the Brisbane metropolitan area:
- Typically 2–4 professional development seminars or workshops are run in each of 10–12 regions throughout the year.
- In addition, a comprehensive program of 4–6 seminars/workshops is run in Brisbane each year.
- All events are discounted for HEIA members.
Members receive significant savings on professional and personal development activities and events, both at Divisional and national levels.
Opportunities for networking occur at the many professional and personal development activities organised by the Division.
The Division offers a range of additional events:
- Award presentation evenings
- Celebration of World Home Economics Day
- An event to welcome new graduates to the profession
- World Food Day event
- Social functions.
All members of HEIA(Q) receive both national and Queensland publications:
- National journal
- National newsletter that shares information about what is happening at a national level as well as in other Divisions
- The Queensland Division’s own newsletter with local news and events, published approximately four times per annum. If you would like to contribute to the workings of the newsletter sub-committee or contribute a news item, contact the editor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources available for sale include books, kits, posters and postcards. These are offered through the HEIA Shop.