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HEIA(Q) 2014 State conference: Celebrating Home Economics
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, Saturday 9 August 2014

Keynote addresses and Closing Forum

Starting the conference with issues related to families, women and sexualisation

  • Tim Costello, CEO World Vision, will open the conference by addressing issues affecting families, both locally and globally.
  • Melinda Tankard Reist will follow with an address that will consider the objectification of women and the sexualisation of young females, including links to the fashion industry.

Closing panel: Home Economics — The essentials

  • The closing panel will comprise ‘content’ experts Dr Rosemary Stanton (discussing food and nutrition), Kath Horton from Creative Industries, QUT (discussing textiles and fashion) and Holly Brennan from Family Planning Queensland (discussing relationships and sexuality). They will discuss the way forward in Home Economics content areas with regards to what they see as the essentials for Home Economics in a contemporary curriculum.

Keynote speakers

Tim Costello

  • One of Australia’s most sought after voices on social justice issues, leadership and ethics, having spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.
  • Since 2004, as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim has also been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are placed on the national agenda.
  • Tim currently serves as Chair of the Community Council of Australia, the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and the National Australia Bank’s Social Responsibility Advisory Council. He has also served on numerous boards and committees, including the Alcohol Education and Research Foundation, the Australian National Development Index, Business for Millennium Development, the Australian Council for International Development and as co-chair of Make Poverty History.
  • Prior to joining World Vision Australia, Tim served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor.
  • In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year.

Melinda Tankard Reist


  • Melinda is an author, speaker, Fairfax Media columnist and media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls.
  • She is well known for her work on the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls and efforts to address violence against women.
  • Melinda has been a panellist on ABC’s Q&A, and is a regular on Channel 7’s Morning Show and Sunrise.
  • Her advocacy for women and girls has included involvement in projects to address poverty, trafficking and sex slavery, and working to highlight and address the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in Australia and globally.
  • Melinda has worked with World Vision in the design of its national anti-trafficking campaign.

Dr Rosemary Stanton, OAM

  • Qualifications in science, nutrition and dietetics and administration
  • Awarded a doctorate for her many publications, and an Order of Australia for her contributions to public health through nutrition
  • Invited member of many committees, including the NHMRC’s Working Committee for the Dietary Guidelines, DOHA’s Reference Group for the National Healthy Weight Guide, FSANZ Consumer and Public Health Dialogue, the University of
  • Adelaide’s Food Futures program and the University of Technology’s Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • Active member of the Public Health Association, as well as the Dietitians Association of Australia, the Nutrition Society, Nutrition Australia & New Zealand Obesity Society
  • Author of many scientific papers, 33 books and over 3,500 articles for magazines and newspapers
  • Regarded by the media for over 45 years as a source of reliable nutrition information

Kath Horton

  • Kathleen Horton is Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer (Fashion) in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Kathleen is author of papers such as Design innovation and the 21st century fashion blur and I dress therefore I am.

Holly Brennan

  • Holly Brennan OAM is the Manager, Research and Program Development at Family Planning Queensland (FPQ).
  • She is responsible for the development of FPQ’s sexuality and relationships education programs, prevention of childhood sexual abuse programs and sexual behaviour programs for the education, child protection, early childhood and disability sectors.
  • Holly is the author and coordinator of numerous resource and research projects and has been the recipient of several awards including the 2013 Child Protection Week Award—Education Initiative and 2012 Medal of the Order of Australia.

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