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HEIA(Q) 2019 State Conference: Home Economics: Creative cultures

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane on Saturday 10 August 2019


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Keynote speakers

Catherine Saxelby
B Sc, Grad Dip Nutrition and Dietetics (Sydney), AN, APD, MAIFST

Catherine Saxelby is an accredited dietitian and nutritionist who has researched and written on almost all aspects of healthy eating. Her skill lies in translating scientific research into articles that the public can not only understand but also find fascinating. She is the author of 12 books, including her latest, Catherine Saxelby’s Complete Food and Nutrition Companion: The Ultimate A–Z Guide (2nd ed., 2018, Hardie Grant). Catherine runs her own extensive website offering nutrition information aimed at consumers (see

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Jane Martin
BA (Hons), MPH, Hon Doc (Deakin), Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) and Alcohol and Obesity Policy, Cancer Council Victoria

Jane’s substantive role is to lead the Obesity Policy Coalition, a partnership between Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Victoria and GLOBE (Global Obesity Centre)—a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC) for obesity prevention at Deakin University. The OPC advocates for policy and regulatory reform to prevent overweight and obesity, with a focus on food marketing, labelling and pricing measures. Jane oversees the Cancer Council’s healthy-weight campaigns and is involved in advocating for alcohol-policy reforms at both state and national levels. She has worked in public-health advocacy for more than 25 years, engaging in tobacco control, alcohol policy and obesity prevention. Her interests lie in advocacy, research, knowledge translation and partnerships to support reform. She is active in the media as a commentator and advises the federal and state governments on obesity policy. She collaborates on research grants and authors academic papers, blogs and opinion pieces. In 2018 Jane was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for her contribution to public health advocacy. She is co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, President of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and a Churchill Fellow. | |

Concurrent speakers


Penny Braithwaite
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 Food and Nutrition General Senior Syllabus 2019. This year Penny has been spreading the word about the Food and Nutrition General Senior Syllabus 2019 through face-to-face implementation workshops all over Queensland. Penny has worked as a Home Economics educator and head of department for over 30 years in the state education system. She was involved in the development and implementation of Hospitality Studies and performed the role of state panel chair for 20 years. She has been actively involved in professional associations, as president of the former Queensland Association of Home Economics Teachers (QAHET) and vice-president of the Home Economics Institute of Australia (Qld) Inc. [HEIA(Q)].
Dean Brough
Dean is the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Academic Program Director for the School of Design and a senior lecturer in fashion. Dean is a highly experienced educator and fashion-industry professional who has taught at the tertiary level for over 30 years. Dean’s applied research is centred on the intersection of health and design, with a focus on performance and protective apparel for subtropical climates. Dean is also currently investigating bio-textiles—creating textiles from living bacteria to potentially grow your own apparel. He has also investigated threshold positions for design innovation—the creative practice from this research received a Design Institute of Australia Award. His creative practice has been exhibited at numerous prestigious art and design venues, both nationally and internationally. Dean brings a wealth of teaching and curriculum expertise to the School of Design, particularly in an era where QUT is further strengthening graduate skills and attributes in order to thrive in the 21st century’s volatile environments.
Margaret Duncan
Margaret Duncan has over 30 years teaching experience with 15 years as a Curriculum Leader of the Home Economics and Technologies: Food & Textiles departments at Loreto College in Brisbane. She has been the Home Economics District Panel Chair for Brisbane East since 2000 and is the author of the junior Home Economics text Eating for Life (2009). Margaret has a Master of Health Science and has lectured on the Home Economics curriculum at QUT. She has presented numerous very successful HEIA(Q) workshops at conferences and in the regional professional development program, is a member of the HEIA(Q) conference committee and is very proud to be a part of the 2019 HEIA(Q) state conference line-up.
Rosie Fatnowna
Born in Kempsey, New South Wales, Rosie has deep connections throughout her home communities. She has always had a passion to connect with her culture through arts, music and performing. Rosie’s skills in education and art have allowed her to pass important knowledge to our next generation about what it means to be a strong Indigenous woman and person.
Nadine Foley
Nadine is a Noongar woman from Western Australia, who has lived in Brisbane for 10 years with her three children. She works towards achieving high-quality education and successful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Nadine has been privileged to meet and make solid connections with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around the country. Her teaching and work experience has been diverse and enriching, from research at the Mater Research Institute to working in the Catholic education system. Nadine has been part of the broader Brisbane Aboriginal community for eight years, where she has participated and interacted with many organisations and groups.
Dr Joel Gilmore
Joel is a physicist, renewable-energy analyst, award-winning science communicator, skilled 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 the science of cooking and has presented sold-out food-science talks since 2010. He’s also featured on television programs such as Catalyst on ABC TV and the newly released Food Lab on SBS. In his spare time, he sings, dances and has visited 52 countries.
Michelle Harris
Michelle Harris is passionate about forging a strong community of practice within the realm of Home Economics—however that presents itself and continues to evolve, and strives to engage and empower staff and students alike to tackle new challenges with creativity and excitement. She loves robust conversation about the challenges that face our communities (life and learning), and finding ways to connect with those working in regional and unique circumstances. In her quest to learn more and contribute, Michelle has found herself on the HEIA(Q) conference committee, the panel for the King & Amy O’Malley Trust scholarships, and the writing teams for the current Hospitality Practices SAS (Subject Area Syllabus) and Food & Nutrition syllabi; and the District Review Panel Chair for Townsville and a member of the Queensland State Review Panel.
Nathan Johnson
Nathan’s love of cooking began during his teenage years, preparing the family dinners after school. Following high school Nathan started an apprenticeship at the Hotel School at Regency TAFE in South Australia at the age of 18, graduating with a Level 3 Certificate in Cookery, Advanced Patisserie, Chinese Cookery and Bakery. Nathan began his professional career with the Lakes Resort Hotel in Adelaide. Gaining invaluable experience during his time there, Nathan was unknowingly preparing himself for an important career change. He was ready when the Executive Chef from the Hilton Adelaide phoned him to see if he wanted to return to work at the hotel—Nathan had completed a successful work-experience placement there during his studies. Nathan accepted the offer and subsequently moved around the Hilton Adelaide’s kitchens as a commis chef, demi chef, chef de partie, junior sous chef, sous chef and executive sous chef. He also participated in various management courses around Australia. Nathan has achieved significant success in his career, having worked in and run all of the hotel’s kitchen departments.
Ashley Jubinville
Ashley Jubinville is The Kitchen Coach—a structural engineer turned food educator from British Columbia, Canada. Based in Australia, Ashley shares The Kitchen Coach Approach via her Kitchen Reset Program and through the world’s first live cooking show, Cook With Me Live. Ashley’s passion for the kitchen and natural whole foods started at a very young age, with her mother inspiring her to cook and her father getting her out in the garden every day! The Kitchen Coach seed was planted in 2009, while Ashley was on a tour of organic farms around the world. As she helped to establish the world’s first organic farm share, this seed with was fertilised with ideas, problem-solving skills and new approaches to the kitchen. Ever since her very first experiences with food in her parents’ kitchen, Ashley’s passion, interest and motivation has been for vibrant health achieved via the abundance that nature has freely available. Ashley believes the best medicine is prevention. She draws from an extensive array of techniques for self-empowered healing that you can use for yourself—because ultimately YOU know YOU best!
Stephanie Lawther
Stephanie Lawther specialised in 3D Design at the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom (UK) before completing her teaching degree and a Masters in Educational Leadership. As a creative educator, her passion is to engage students’ curiosity, to drive innovation in the classroom and, finally, to develop 21st-century skills with design in mind. Throughout her teaching career, Stephanie has taught many disciplines under the Design and Technology curricula in both Australia and the UK, providing a vast range of experiences in and outside of workshops. Stephanie is currently working in a Queensland state college in the far north of Queensland, where she strives to develop a strong staff community in which ideas, challenges and possibilities can be shared. She is excited to be delivering an introductory session on ideation sketching here at the HEIA(Q) state conference.
Anne Mitchell Anne Mitchell
We welcome Anne’s return to the conference program. She consistently demonstrates quick and effective textile-embellishment techniques suitable for all year levels. A former high school teacher, Anne developed sustainable and non-toxic fabric colours that have become staples in the Home Economics Textiles classrooms since 1999. Her love of what she had done for many years combined with her experience in retailing through her family led Anne to start her own business, Genesis Creations™, in 1999. Anne has taught fabric design for over 40 years, travelling extensively across Australia and New Zealand to share her skills.
Professor Mark Morrison
Professor Mark Morrison is an internationally recognised microbiologist with a specific interest in the role that microbes play in affecting the health and wellbeing of humans and animals. After nearly 20 years in academia in the United States, in 2006 he returned to Australia, initially as a science leader for CSIRO, and now as Chair and Principal Group Leader in Microbial Biology and Metagenomics at the University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute.
Dr Janet Reynolds
Dr Janet Reynolds has a background in Home Economics education. She has taught in government and non-government schools in Australia, Papua New Guinea and England, has lectured at QUT and has been a consultant to the Fijian and Sri Lankan governments on Home Economics teacher education. Jan’s qualifications include a Diploma in Teaching (Home Economics), a Bachelor of Education, a Masters of Educational Studies and a PhD in nutrition education. Jan represented the Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA) on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) national panels for Health and Physical Education, and for Technologies. She coordinated the recently released 2019 revision of Fashion for the Sun to reflect the Australian Curriculum.
Rosie Sciacca
Rosie Sciacca is an enthusiastic Home Economics teacher whose passion is cultivating engaging and aligned curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. Throughout her career, Rosie has taught in a number of schools, giving her a vast range of experience in educational settings. For the past nine years she has been part of the Design Technologies team at John Paul College in Daisy Hill. Rosie has been a member of the HEIA(Q) Committee of Management for over a decade and is currently its Vice-President and Treasurer, in addition to being the Queensland Panel Chair for the King & Amy O’Malley Trust scholarships.
Jill Shehab
Jill celebrated her 40-year anniversary as an educator in 2018 and she continues to see herself as an apprentice facilitator. Jill believes there is always something new to learn and new strategies to implement in supporting students through the problems they must solve in an ever-changing world. Most of Jill’s working life has been in state education, teaching at Springwood State High School (SHS), Keebra Park SHS, Yarrabah Secondary Department, Miami SHS and, finally, at All Saints Anglican School for the past 15 years. She has enjoyed teaching all areas of Home Economics. Teaching textiles from fashion, cultural and sustainable perspectives gets her excited. She has lead Home Economics student tours to New Zealand and Japan; and supported student involvement in the Wool4School Design Competition, the Apex Teenage Fashion Competition and Fleece to Fashion. She is a passionate hoarder (is that another word for collector?) of vintage sewing patterns and loves writing design challenges for practical tasks.
Rycki Symons
Rycki created and ran the leading creative college—Academy of Design—for over 17 years. He is now passionate about taking his skills onto the digital platform to reach more students and about adding his own brand to extending and creating innovative curricula for the future. He will demonstrate the possibilities of digital-fashion illustration in his dynamic workshop.
Mei Tuicolo
Mei Tuicolo is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for Reverse Garbage Queensland (RGQ). Her connection to sustainability began over 12 years ago in Amsterdam as a part of a start-up sustainable business advisory unit within the banking and finance sector. Since then her passion for sustainability has branched out both locally and abroad into the education sector. Most recently Mei has championed grass roots Creative Arts initiatives within Reverse Garbage Queensland, such as RGQ’s Creative Reuse Educators’ Series, which debuted in April of this year. She is also a part of the organising committee for RGQ’s annual ‘WornOUT?’ Refashion, Wearable Art and Cosplay Exhibition, which will take place at the Princess Theatre, Brisbane in November 2019.
Alison Taafe
Alison is a renowned international professional chef who has been cooking her way around the world for over 30 years. She is the author of four best-selling cookbooks and a television and radio personality. In 2014, she opened her own culinary school, ICE (Institute of Culinary Excellence), which is fast becoming the number-one culinary-training college in Queensland. Alison strives daily to share her vast knowledge of food with all her apprentice-chef students to help them become the very best chefs they can be. She travels the globe to discover the latest trends and food fads so that she can share them with everyone back home in Australia.
Cameron Turner
Cameron has spent over 25 years researching problems, developing solutions and executing innovative strategies to transform ideas into opportunities. During this time, he has founded four start-ups commercialising world-first innovations, like the PERKii probiotic drink; and new flowering plants, agricultural products and immune-boosting supplements. Cameron, who has a science degree, has worked as an entrepreneur and as the chief executive officer of his start-ups for the last 13 years. Cameron is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at The University of Queensland’s Business School and acts as a consultant to small, medium and large corporations, and to government agencies. Cameron enjoys talking to students, staff and executives about how to identify problems and to develop innovative business models to create sustainable competitive advantage for maximum impact.
Associate Professor Mark Turner
Associate Professor Mark Turner is the Discipline Head of Food Science and Technology at The University of Queensland. He teaches the food microbiology courses, leads a research team studying bacteria used in food fermentation, and also explores new ways to control pathogenic bacteria in vegetables. He has taught 15 PhD graduates, published 70 research papers and delivered presentations in eight different countries. In 2017 he received the Australian Institute for Food Science and Technology Keith Farrer Award of Merit.
Natalie Wright
Natalie is a Senior Lecturer in Interior Design in the QUT School of Design, with 18 years commercial practice experience gained in Australia, Japan and the UK, and over 10 years teaching experience. Her research is focused around design thinking and design-led innovation approaches in the secondary and tertiary education contexts, as a framework for lifelong learning in the twenty-first century. In 2010, she designed and delivered the goDesign immersion program into six Queensland regional/rural high schools, a case study for her PhD research. Since then she has authored and facilitated over 45 state/local government and privately funded design immersion programs for primary and secondary school students and teachers, and collaborated on the development of the State Library of Queensland Asia Pacific Design Library Design Minds website (, which won a Good Design Australia Award in 2018. Natalie is a former National Director and Queensland Branch President, and Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia. She was a critical friend for the QCAA Design General Senior Syllabus writing team and coordinated QUT professional development support programs in 2018.
Kay York
Kay is an active member of the Home Economics community across Australia and is President of HEIA. She has taught for over 30 years in various schools and, as a Manager of Curriculum, drove the implementation of the Health and Physical Education curriculum into the classroom in Queensland. She is Head of Department at Park Ridge State High School and has presented workshops on assessment and curriculum at national and Queensland conferences over many years.
Naomi Zavackas
Naomi (Nims) grew up in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, where there was no running hot water, no convenience store and certainly no takeaway food. Everything the family ate was foraged, grown or bought in bulk. The romance and hard work of this lifestyle fed her love of cooking and sharing across the table. Nims is now the owner and chef de cuisine of her third successful café in Brisbane—The Jam Pantry. In 2018, the café, which specialises in traditional cooking methods and sustainability, took out The Courier-Mail’s award for Cafe of the Year. Nims still loves to cook and to share across the table.