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HEIA(Q) 2016 State conference: Home economics 2016: A defining time?

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane on Saturday 6 August 2016

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.

HEIA(Q) thanks the 2016 conference sponsors for their support.

Silver sponsors
Wool4Skool Competition Promo
Wool4School is a real-life fashion design experience, with $10,000 worth of prizes for both students and teachers. Wool4School sets the challenge to design an outfit made from one of the world’s most innovative and natural fibres – Australian Merino wool.
Teachers can also take part in the competition by incorporating the lesson plans into their classroom. Resources are also available to support the lesson plans that coincide with the National Curriculum. So register now at, and receive a free resource pack for your classroom. And don’t forget #wool4school your class progress!
FoodChoices wide sml cog [p] The FoodChoices® Curriculum Resource makes learning about healthy eating both fun and challenging for your students. Designed for Australian secondary schools in collaboration with teachers, FoodChoices® has practical and exciting lesson ideas, easy-to-use nutrition analysis software, and plenty of supporting resources that make lesson preparation easy. FoodChoices® is created by Xyris Software (Australia) Pty Ltd in conjunction with the Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA). Find out more at
Program sponsor
Print Your Local Fruit Shop is a brand consumers can associate with hardworking, local family business people, who are passionate about fruit and vegetables providing excellent customer service and are experts in their field.These independent fruit shops are working together to not just compete with bigger supermarkets but to focus on their position of quality, freshness, service and locality.Your Local Fruit Shops are found all over South East Queensland, to find out more visit
Teacher Education sponsor
CQUniversity logo_Pantone Interested in becoming Home Economics / Hospitality teacher?
CQUniversity is now the only University in Queensland offering a dedicated Home Economics/Hospitality pathway. Study Home Economics through CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and benefit from:

  • dedicated Home Economics/Hospitality pathways and practical training
  • the availability of trade-to-teacher pathways, giving you the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning
  • ‘hands-on’ practical experiences during residential schools via partnerships with local secondary schools
  • flexible study options allowing you to study by distance education while you work.

For further information please contact Dr Bill Blayney
+61 7 49232389 | M +61 0417 785 709 | E