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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 find fascinating. She is the author of 12 books including her latest Complete Food and Nutrition Companion (Hardie Grant). Catherine runs her own extensive website offering nutrition information aimed at consumers (see

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

Jane’s substantive role is to lead the Obesity Policy Coalition, a partnership between Cancer Council Victoria, Diabetes Victoria and GLOBE—the WHO Collaborating Centre 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, labeling and pricing measures. She oversees the Cancer Council healthy weight campaigns and is involved in advocating for alcohol policy reforms at a Victorian as well as a national level. For more than twenty-five years, Jane has worked in public health advocacy, 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 state and federal governments on obesity policy. She collaborates on research grants and authors academic papers, blogs and opinion pieces. Jane was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for her contribution to public health advocacy in 2018. She is co-chair of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, President of the ANZ 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 & Nutrition 2019 General Senior Syllabus. This year Penny has been spreading the word about the Food and Nutrition 2019 General Senior Syllabus through face to face implementation workshops all over Queensland. Penny has worked as a Home Economics educator and Head of Department for over thirty years in the Queensland 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 Involved in professional associations being president of QAHET and Vice President of HEIA(Q).
Dean Brough
Dean is the QUT Academic Program Director for the School of Design and a Senior Fashion Lecturer. Dean is a highly experienced educator and industry fashion professional with over 30 years of tertiary teaching. Dean’s applied research is centered on the intersection of health and design, with a focus on performance and protective apparel for sub-tropical climates. Dean is also currently investigating bio-textiles – creating textiles from living bacteria to potentially grow your own apparel. Alongside this, 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 so in an era where QUT is further strengthening graduate skills and attributes in order to thrive in 21st century volatile environments.
Margaret Duncan
Margaret Duncan has over 30 years teaching experience with 15 years as a Curriculum Leader of Home Economics and Technologies: Food and 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 in Home Economics curriculum at QUT. She has presented numerous very successful HEIA(Q) workshops both at its conferences and as part of 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 lineup.
Rosie Fatnowna
Rosie was born in Kempsey, NSW with deep connections made 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 down this important knowledge to our next generation about what it means to be a strong Indigenous woman/person.
Nadine Foley
Nadine is a noongar woman from Western Australia, and has lived in Brisbane for 10 years with her three children. She works towards achieving 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 working 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, 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.
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 a sense of 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 more 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 and Amy O’Malley Scholarship, and writing teams for the current Hospitality Practices SAS and Food & Nutrition syllabi, the DRPC for Townsville and a member of the State Review Panel.
Nathan Johnson
Nathan’s love of cooking began during his teenage years after school, preparing the family dinners. Post highschool at the age of 18, Nathan started an apprenticeship at the Hotel School at Regency TAFE, graduating with a Level 3 Certificate in Cookery, Advanced Patisserie, Chinese Cookery and Bakery.With his apprenticeship complete, Nathan began his professional career with the Lakes Resort Hotel. Gaining invaluable experience during his time there, Nathan was unknowingly preparing himself for a change in location. The Executive Chef from the Hilton Adelaide phoned Nathan to see if he wanted to return after successfully completing a previous work experience placement during his studies.Nathan then moved around the Hilton Adelaide Kitchens as a Commis Chef, Demi Chef, Chef De Partie, Junior Sous Chef, Sous Chef and Executive Sous Chef. Having participated in various management courses around Australia and working in and running all of the kitchen departments, Nathan has achieved a number of successes in his career.
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 natural whole foods and the kitchen started at a very young age with her mother inspiring her to cook and her Dad getting her in the garden every day! In 2009, The Kitchen Coach seed was planted, whilst a tour of organic farms around the world, and then helping establish the world’s first Organic Farm Share helped fertilise this seed with ideas, problem solving and new approaches to the kitchen. Ever since that very first experience with food in her parent’s kitchen, her passion, interest and pure motivation has been for vibrant health 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 do for yourself – because ultimately YOU know YOU best!
Stephanie Lawther
Stephanie Lawther specialised in 3D Design at the University of Central Lancashire (UK) before completing her teaching degree and a Masters in Educational Leadership. As an educator of creativity, her passion is to engage students’ curiosity, 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 curriculums both here in Australia and in the United Kingdom, providing a vast range of experiences in and outside of a workshop. Stephanie is currently working in a Queensland state college in the Far North of Queensland and strives to develop a strong staff community where ideas, challenges and possibilities can be shared. She is excited to be delivering an introductory session on ideation sketching here at the HEIA(Q) conference.
Anne Mitchell Anne Mitchell
We welcome back Ann, who consistently demonstrates quick and effective textile embelishment techniques suitable for all year levels. Ann was a former high school teacher and developed sustainable and non-toxic fabric colours that have become a staple in the Home Economics Textiles rooms since 1999. 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.
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 well-being of humans and animals. After nearly 20 years within US academia, he returned to Australia in 2006 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 Diamantina Institute.
Rosie Scaccia
Rosie Sciacca is an enthusiastic Home Economics teacher whose passion is cultivating engaging and aligned curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. Throughout her teaching career, Rosie has taught in a number of schools, giving her a vast range of experiences in educational settings. For the past nine years she has been part of the Design Technologies team at John Paul College, 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 the Queensland Panel Chair for the King and Amy O’Malley Scholarship.
Jill Shehab
2018 was Jill’s 40-year anniversary as an educator and she continues to see herself as a apprentice facilitator. Jill believes there is always something new to learn and 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 SHS, Keebra Park SHS, Yarrabah Secondary Department, Miami SHS and finally All Saints Anglican School for the past 15years. She has enjoyed teaching all areas of Home Economics. Teaching textiles from a fashion, cultural and sustainable perspectives get her excited. She has lead Home Economics student tours to New Zealand and Japan, supported student involvement in Wool for School, Apex Teenage Fashion Competition and Fleece to Fashion. She is a passionate hoarder (is that another word for collector?) of vintage sewing patterns and love writing design challenges for practical tasks.
Wendy Small
Wendy is the Workshop Program Coordinator at Reverse Garbage Queensland (RGQ). Through her work with RGQ, she has championed the creation of environments that allow children to be creative and explore problem solving through play. Guided by her long-standing interest in education, arts, cultural diversity and environmental issues, Wendy has enjoyed an extensive career in the environmental education sector teaching to both children and adults. She has taught in remote indigenous communities, mainstream schools, and been a part of the State Government’s Great Barrier Reef environmental projects.
Rycki Symons
Rycki created & 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 add his own brand to extending and creating innovative curriculum for the future. He will demonstrate the possibilities of digital fashion illustration in his dynamic workshop.
Alison Taafe
Alison is a well-renowned international professional chef and has been cooking her way around the world for over 30 years. She is the author of four best-selling cookbooks, along with being a TV and radio personality. In 2014, she opened her own culinary school ‘ICE’, The 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 student apprentice chefs 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 innovation strategies to transform ideas into opportunities. During this time, he has founded 4 start-ups commercialising world first innovations, like the PERKii probiotic drink, flowering plants, new agricultural products and immune boosting supplements. Cameron has a degree in Science, however has worked as an Entrepreneur and CEO of start-ups for the last 13 years. Currently as the Entrepreneur in Residence at The University of Queensland Business School and a consultant to small, medium and large corporations and government agencies, Cameron enjoys talking to students, staff and executives about how to identify problems and 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 at UQ, leads a research team studying bacteria used in food fermentations and also explores new ways to control pathogenic bacteria in vegetables. He has graduated 15 PhD students, published 70 research papers and delivered presentations in 8 different countries. He was the 2017 recipient of the Australian Institute for Food Science and Technology Keith Farrer Award of Merit.
Kay York
Kay is an active member of the Home Economics community across Australia where she is currently President of the Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc. She has been working for over 30 years in various schools and drove the implementation of the Health and Physical Education curriculum in Queensland as a Manager at Curriculum into the classroom. She is Head of Department at Park Ridge State High School and has presented workshops on assessment and curriculum at both National and Queensland Conferences over many years.
Naomi Zavackas
Naomi grew up in the highlands of PNG, where there was no running hot water, no convenience store and certainly no takeaway. Anything and everything that 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, where they specialise in traditional cooking methods and sustainability, took out the Courier Mail’s award for Cafe of the Year in 2018. Nims still loves to cook and share across the table.