Member Login



HEIA(Q) 2017 State conference: Home Economics! Action! Futures!
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane on Saturday 12 August 2017


Click here to view the 2017 conference brochure

About the keynote speakers

Jane Caro cropped Jane Caro
Jane Caro is an author, novelist, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. Jane’s particular interests include women, families and education. She is on the Boards of The Public Education Foundation and Bell Shakespeare. She has published eight books, including two novels Just a Girl and Just a Queen about Elizabeth Tudor. Her memoir Plain Speaking Jane was released in September 2015. She is currently working on Just Flesh & Blood, the third and final book in the Elizabeth Tudor trilogy which will be published in 2017.A regular on Agony, Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise & Weekend Sunrise, Jane appears in the media often. In 2013 she co-created, co-produced (with Amanda Armstrong) and presented a 6 part radio series for ABC Life Matters – ‘For Better, For Worse’. The series was so successful it is now a 5 part TV series for ABC Compass. She will be producing another special series for Compass in 2016, “Fathers & Daughters, Mothers & Sons”. She writes regular columns for ‘Sunday Life’ and ‘Leadership Matters’.Jane and her husband Ralph have two adult daughters. Together they are also beef producers and timber growers
Gie Liem staff photo1 Dr Gie Liem
Dr Gie Liem is a senior lecturer and researcher in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, at Deakin University. His teaching and research interests are sensory/consumer science and psychology of food choice. He received his PhD from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 2004 and has worked in food industry and research institutes across the world. He authored over 30 papers and book chapters in the area of food choice and sensory science and sits on various conference organising committees and editorial boards.

About the concurrent speakers

Kim Bailey
Kim is very passionate about the Fashion Industry and educates people about sustainability through her label ‘east of grey’. Kim creates all products using ecofriendly, vintage and recycled fabrics to create one-of-a-kind fashion and home wares with a point of difference. Sewing workshops teach people all aspects of sewing to become self-sustainable in everyday life, and the school workshops further Kim’s reach of educating people about sustainability within the Fashion Industry. With an Advanced Diploma in Clothing, Textiles and Footwear and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Kim is highly qualified to share her knowledge and inspire others to lead a sustainable and creative life.
Roy Barnes
Roy Barnes is a Principal Education Officer at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) in the Health, Physical Education (HPE)/Technologies learning area. Roy leads an Expert Writing Team in the development of the Draft Design syllabus and supporting resources.
Penny Braithwaite
Penny has worked as a Home Economics educator and Head of Department for over thirty years in Queensland state Education system. She has been Involved in professional associations being president of QAHET and Vice President of HEIA(Q). She was involved in the development and implementation of Hospitality Studies and performed the role of State Panel Chair for 20 years. In her current role at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), Penny is the Principal Education Officer in the Review and Transition unit and responsible for the development of the new Food & Nutrition Syllabus.
Glenn Cardwell Glenn Cardwell
Glenn is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with 37 years’ experience in public health nutrition. He consults to the food industry and fresh produce growers, including Australian mushroom growers. He is a life member of Nutrition Australia, for services to nutrition education, and a life member of Sports Dietitians Australia, a professional body he helped create. In 1994 he helped establish the WA School Canteen Association. He has written four books on nutrition, including Gold Medal Nutrition published in the US.
Leanne Compton
Leanne Compton works for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, where she is Curriculum Manager – Design and Technologies. The VCAA is an independent statutory body responsible to the Victorian Minister for Education, serving both government and non-government schools. Leanne has responsibility for a range of studies from F-12 in Victoria. Leanne is also a Past President of both HEIA and HEIA(V) and is (or has been) a member of a range of HEIA standing committees including Education, Membership, Professional Development, International Affairs and the Website Task group.
Denise Cullen
Denise Cullen is a home economics teacher from Perth. She started her teaching career in 1998 in country WA. She has held a variety of roles in the school environment, including Year Coordinator and Student Activities Coordinator. Denise has been the editor of Westward Home and Web page editor for HEIA WA She has worked at the WA board of study School Curriculum and Standards Authority in the area of VET, seconded by the Education Department as a Teacher Development Coordinator for the new Senior School courses Children Family and the Community and Food Science and Technology. Currently Denise is Head of Learning Area of Technologies – Home Economics | Design and Technologies, Teacher Development School for WA Curriculum in Home Economics and creator of the Home Economics Network WA Facebook page.
Margaret Duncan
Margaret Duncan is a Home Economics teacher with over 30 years of experience. She is currently the Curriculum Leader of Home Economics at Loreto College, has lectured in Curriculum Studies at QUT, been QCAA District Panel Chair for 18 years and authored the Junior Home Economics text ‘Food for Life’ (2009). Margaret has a Masters Degree in Health Science and is passionate about the teaching of Home Economics and healthy eating for sustained well-being.
Jamie Fleming
Jamie has over 14 years of experience working & managing in pubs, restaurants, cafes & high end cocktail bars. He was the previous bar manager at award-winning venues including Sokyo (The Star) and now works as the Queensland Diageo Reserve Ambassador. He was awarded 4th place on Master Chef Australia 2014. Jamie went on to open Wilhelmina’s in Balmain as the head chef to great reviews. He continues his food career alongside his career as an ambassador by curating and hosting many cocktail and whisky degustations around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Dr Joel Gilmore
Joel is a physicist, renewable energy analyst, award winning science communicator, MC, and (most importantly) a lover of good food. He has a PhD in physics from the University of Queensland, and holds an honorary position there in the Faculty of Science. He is particularly passionate about discussing the science of the cooking, and has presented sold-out food science talks since 2010. He’s also featured on television programs such as Catalyst and the newly released Food Lab. In his spare time, he sings, dances, and has visited 52 countries.
Dee Hedland
Deanne Hedland is a Home Economics teacher who began her teaching career at Northam Senior High School in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia in 2008. A qualified chef, and working in a school with a Hospitality Trade Training Centre allows a rewarding mix of delivering Food Science and Technology Courses, Certificate II in Hospitality and Kitchen Operations as well as lower school food courses. She has also experienced roles such as Year coordinator, Acting Head of Learning Area- Home Economics and Art in her time at Northam SHS. A Noongar yorga (woman) who has been involved with projects such as Kambarang, promoting hospitality as a career for Indigenous youth. She has been the coordinator of passionate Home Economics teachers in the development of resources for this project. A granddaughter of one of the original fishing families in Albany, working on this project has been of personal interest also.
 Carolyn Jones picture Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Jones is a Principal Education Officer at the QCAA in the Health, Physical Education (HPE)/Technologies learning area. Carolyn leads an Expert Writing Team in the development of the Health syllabus and supporting resources.
Ehud Joseph
Ehud Joseph is a lecturer at the Bachelor of Applied Fashion degree at the University of Canberra, based at the TAFE Queensland Brisbane campus. A graduate of the Central Saint Martin’s (London) Fashion MA program, Ehud has worked for a broad range of international labels. During his time in Europe Ehud managed an eponymous label, showing his collections at Paris Fashion Week. Through a lecturing career spanning key universities in New Zealand and Australia Ehud has shared his passion for experimental design coupled with a deep passion for technical innovation in garment development and construction.
Shane Keighley Shane Keighley
Shane Keighley is part owner of Big Chef Little Chef catering (BCLC), providing custom made food products to numerous chefs and venues across Brisbane. Shane has over 30 years experience working in the kitchen making a name for himself by working in some of World’s most well know restaurants. After moving to Brisbane from Perth, Shane won the hearts of restaurant patrons in his role as Executive Chef at the Regatta Hotel. In Western Australia Shane established himself as talented chef winning the Western Australian Chef of the Year three years in row. As a result of these outstanding efforts, Shane represented Australia in numerous competitions, including making the Grand finals of Global Chefs Challenge. Shane’s success continued where he was the Captain of the Australian Culinary Team who competed in varies competitions in numerous countries, inclusive New Zealand, Thailand, Korea, Singapore and finally at the Culinary Olympics In Germany.
Shannon Kellam
Shannon’s life as a chef began at Raphael’s in Shorncliffe under the tutelage of his mentor, Rick Stephen. Shannon has competed in many culinary Olympics between 2008 and 2012 and has represented Australia in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious salon culinaire held every two years in Lyon. He retired from competing in 2015 and, with his partner Clare, purchased the restaurant Montrachet, known for impeccable service, and superb dining. Shannon relishes the opportunity to continue the Montrachet legacy as he pays homage to traditional French cooking whilst showing the elegance and subtlety of modern French cuisine.
Dr Gie Liem
Dr Gie Liem is a senior lecturer and researcher in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, at Deakin University. His teaching and research interests are sensory/consumer science and psychology of food choice. He received his PhD from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 2004 and has worked in food industry and research institutes across the world. He authored over 30 papers and book chapters in the area of food choice and sensory science and sits on various conference organising committees and editorial boards.
Casey-Lee Lyons
Casey-Lee Lyons is a Queensland based nutritionist and naturopath, recipe developer and founder of the health and wellness brand Live Love Nourish. Casey-lee is passionate about inspiring others to make healthy, whole food choices that nourish their body and specialises in expert nutrition and lifestyle advice, nutritionally designed recipes and the Live Love Nourish signature 8-Week Program. Casey-Lee’s refreshing approach to nutrition has helped many people improve their health, increase energy, find their natural weight, improve gut and digestive health, balance hormones and heal cravings, develop a healthy and positive relationship with food whilst sharing ways cook simple and healthy meals with wholesome food.
 Anne Mitchell Anne Mitchell
Anne Mitchell is a former High School Teacher, leaving classroom teaching to marry. With the urge to share her skills still strong, Anne began teaching fabric designing with an Australian company. The love of what she had done for many years, combined with experience in retailing through her family history, led Anne to start her own business, Genesis Creations™, in 1999. Anne has taught fabric designing for over forty years, travelling extensively across Australia and New Zealand to share these skills.
Dr Alice Payne
Dr Alice Payne is a lecturer in Fashion in the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests include design processes in the mass-market fashion industry, social entrepreneurship and design for sustainability in fashion. Since 2012, she has taught over 700 students through the undergraduate unit ‘Sustainability: The Materiality of Fashion’. Alice is an award-winning designer and has exhibited in Australia and overseas. In 2014 her design work was featured in the book A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion. Recent work explores speculative approaches to design for disassembly and bio-textiles – creating textiles from living bacteria.
Rosemarie Sciacca
Rosie has been a member of the HEIA(Q) Committee of Management for over 8 years, firstly as Secretary and currently as its Vice-President and Treasurer. In addition to these duties, she also manages the Queensland and National HEIA Facebook pages, and in 2015 delivered a series of workshops around Queensland focusing on both the inquiry process and multimodal assessment. During her teaching career, Rosie has taught in a number of government and independent schools, giving her a vast range of experiences in various educational settings. For the past six years she has been part of the Home Economics team at John Paul College, Daisy Hill.
Lynette Skeers
Lynette Skeers is the Cre8 Lab coordinator at All Hallows’ School. A qualified Library Technician who has worked in schools for 8 years, Lynette has most recently embraced the Makerspace Movement creating workshops for secondary students outside class time. Activities include coding, electronics, 3D printing, fabrication, wearable tech and crafts. Cre8 Lab projects can be viewed at:
Roman Spur
Roman SPUR is an inspirational, educational and empowering presenter who lives what he preaches. He transforms an inner city rented property into a productive food source and living sustainably in complete happiness. You could see him on the ABC, Channel 11, Bris 31 TV’s, radio interviews, newspapers, magazines or presentations and workshops. Roman and his family passionately share their knowledge, experience, ideas and inventions. Their sustainable living story and working towards self-sufficiency (growing food, making home produce, up-cycling materials, using urban environment to their benefit and living in a small functional community) make the family less reliant on the society. They created SpurTopia–Small Kingdom of Happiness
Paula Starr
Paula has worked as a home economics educator for over 20 years in the Queensland state education system. In her current role at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), Paula is the Senior Education Officer in the Quality Assurance Unit for Home Economics, Hospitality Studies, Hospitality Practices and Fashion.
Ben Stockwin
Ben Stockwin is CEO of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA). Ben is passionate about supporting the education of our next generation as to the origins, production and careers related to Australia’s primary industries sector. Ben believes in PIEFA’s vision of an Australian community that understand and values its food and fibre production industries. Prior to PIEFA Ben was a teacher and principal in both Queensland and Tasmania. Outside of PIEFA is a board member of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and Surfing Tasmania and has been a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (Tas) executive.
Mark Turner
Mark Turner graduated from UQ with 1st Class Honours and Bachelor of Biotechnology in 2013, and was conferred the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. In 2014 he completed a Diploma of Education and became the Senior Agriculture Science Teacher at a secondary school in Far North Queensland. He is currently completing his PhD in plant pathology at CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food business unit. Mark volunteers as part of the ‘Wonder of Science’ program, promoting STEM education and culture in Queensland schools. He is also a member of the UQ Toastmasters club and volunteers to help others develop personal self-confidence and public speaking skills. Mark featured as a young scientist in the Grains Research and Development Corporation publications, and is one of the ‘Faces of CSIRO’ in CSIRO’s social-media publicity campaign.
Anne Weaver
Anne Weaver is Head of Library and Information Services at All Hallows’ School. Anne believes that School Libraries are about connecting the school community with information and resources to promote learning. This is increasingly centred on the 4 Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Future oriented libraries assist members to “make” information, not just consume it, which is reflected at her blogs: and
Kim Weston
Kim Weston is Head of Home Economics and Hospitality at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne where she teaches VCE Health and Human Development and holds exemplary teacher status. Kim has worked in this field for over 30 years as a teacher of Health and Home Economics, curriculum manager, curriculum writer, teacher educator and textbook author. Most recently, she has worked on the reaccredited VCE Health and Human Development study and is currently the State Reviewer of this subject. Kim has a keen interest in collaborating with others to develop ways to improve pedagogy and generate effective feedback and formative assessment methods for students.
Kay York Kay York
Kay is currently at Park Ridge State High School as Head of Department Home Economics. Kay spent three years at Curriculum in the Classroom working on curriculum materials and assessment for the HPE Australian Curriculum and has driven the implementation of this curriculum across the state. Last year she worked with Dr Janet Reynolds to deliver professional development across the state. During this time she identified that we do not really know how to assess to the standard and to the assessment criteria and has worked to provide professional development to bridge this gap for teachers. She has been president of HEIAQ for the past four years taking on the Presidency of National over the last year. It is a rewarding space to be involved and she looks forward to moving the organisation into the 21st Century with online membership, benefits for members and much more.

Conference management enquiries:

Expert Events
T: +61 7 3848 2100
M: PO Box 351, Hamilton Central QLD 4007 Australia