Dr Donna BarwoodPresident
Donna is the Coordinator of HPE at Edith Cowan University, and in the past has taught in government, Catholic and Independent private schools, including the the role of Head of Department at Iona Presentation College. Donna has been a Curriculum Writer and Senior Project Officer with the DoE, and as a writer with ACARA developing the Australian Curriculum for HPE.
Matthew ShieldsVice President
Matt has taught HPE in a range of settings and is currently a Principal Consultant for Learning Area Partnerships within the Department of Education (DoE). In this role, he is responsible for leading the DoE’s support for PP- Yr 12 in the HPE learning area, and has a key role in coordinating programs related to the HPE curriculum, specialist teaching services, and professional leadership. Matt is extremely passionate about providing positive learning and growth experiences for all students to enable them to live healthy lifestyles.
Matthew DonaldsonBoard Member
Matthew has been teaching PHE at Presbyterian Ladies’ College for the last 13 years. He is an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum Workshop Leader for the Asia Pacific region, a PHE Building Quality Curriculum examiner, and a Sessional lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. His passion is to create digital content to facilitate learning and skill development, and is an author of HPE e-books.
Jamie BlanchardBoard Member
Over the last two decades Jamie has worked as a local and Northern Territory (NT) government public servant in a range of governance roles, as well as a lawyer for commercial and property litigation. Whilst in the NT, Jamie was a board member for the Heart Foundation of Australia and has more recently managed governance at the City of Swan. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys competing in marathons and ultra-marathons!
Karen LaymanBoard member
Karen has been a HPE teacher and member of ACHPER for over 20 years, working extensively in Outdoor Education, PE, Health Ed and PE Studies. Over the years, Karen has held various positions including House Leader and Year Coordinator, and is currently working at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School. While raising two energetic boys, Karen enjoys teaching at the grass roots level and views teaching as a profession of optimism…she loves engaging with the positive people of the future.
Barry PavelingBoard Member
Barry was a Head of Health and Physical Education in a career spanning over 35 years working with a range of school communities across Western Australia. During this time, he has specialised in curriculum, teaching and learning, having presented at conferences, workshops and teacher development sessions in this field. He recently completed a Doctor of Education at The University of Western Australia.
Christina DaviniBoard Member
Christina has worked primarily as a HPE teacher in K-12 for 16 years within a number of WA schools. In teaching the International Baccalaureate curriculum she has developed a diverse range of innovative teaching and learning programs. Christina joined Holy Cross College in 2013 and has since been involved in many key building and design projects along with setting up many policies and procedures of the school. Outside of teaching, Christina’s hobby is Personal Training.
Kane GreenawayBoard Member
Kane is currently employed as Head of Health and Physical Education at Hale School, and has filled several key Pastoral and Middle Management roles over nine years at Hale School. Prior to this appointment, he was employed at Perth College for six years as teacher in Charge of Physical Education Studies. Kane’s interests lie in Physical Education Studies, HPE Curriculum development, and Hockey.
Mitchell HarvieBoard Member
Mitch is the head of Health and Physical Education at Aveley Primary School and is also on the School Board. He has a passion for HPE and Leadership, and is actively involved in the HPE community including holding roles as the Ellenbrook Network Coordinator, School Sport WA Cell Leader, and as a Tertiary Tutor. Mitch has also been involved with ACHPER WA as a past conference presenter, and co-created the “Perth HPE teacher” Facebook group.
Steve GalvinBoard Member
Steve is currently the Senior Secondary Coordinator at Churchlands SHS having come from a strong background in HPE leadership. Steve is a passionate advocate of PE development, pedagogy and assessment and has been involved in marking both the practical and written WACE exams, developed and implemented Certificate and ATAR courses across schools and worked with ECU on their research in Forms of Digital Assessment for PE. Steve remains committed to seeking ways to further develop the HPE experience for students and the positive, lifelong outcomes that it provides.
Mikala DinkaStaff: Marketing and Communications
Mikala is an Exercise Physiologist by qualification, who over the last 15 years has delivered and designed health and injury prevention programs for large businesses, and seen most of remote WA with FIFO. Mikala has experience in Product Design, Research & Development, Digital Media, and Marketing for small business. As an avid Netball fan, Mikala is a long term player and committee member for club Netball.
we advocate on behalf of all West Australians to ensure Health and Physical Education is a priority learning area in schools
we strive for excellence in teaching and coaching methods, standards and competencies of the HPE and Rec workforce
We support educators, coaches and individuals. We aim to strengthen the HPE networks, school-community partnerships and provide support to our members