History & Honours

The Australian Physical Education Teachers Association (APEA) was established in 1955 and later became the ACHPER organisation. In 1962, Ern Haliday became the first WA Branch President.


Life Members

Life Members have given outstanding service to their Branches and to National ACHPER over many years and those awarded more recently continue to hold office or support the organisation at National and Branch level. Life Membership is the highest and most prestigious National award available to ACHPER Members.

1970  Dr Robin GRA
1970  Mr R Ernest HALLIDAY
1991  Prof John BLOOMFIELD
1991  Mr Len PAVY
1996  Mr Tom WALMSLEY
2000  Mr John GARNAUT
2002  Dr Lynn EMBREY
2008  Mr Graeme QUELCH


National Honour Award

Awarded to members or non-members who have made significant contribution to one or more of the areas of focus, or to the conduct of ACHPER.

2004  Trevor SHILTON
2006  Donna CROSS
2016  Graeme QUELCH


National Service Award

Awarded to employees of ACHPER who have given meritorious service over an extended period of time.

2016  Denyse PASSMORE


WA Honour Award

2007  Andrew WATT
2008  Beth HANDS
2008  Jan MICHELL
2012  Clara DEANS


WA Fellows

ACHPER Fellows have made a significant contribution to ACHPER’s standing and activities. They have served their Branch with energy and commitment, and been influential, hard working and supportive of colleagues in their workplace and within ACHPER’s committees, projects and events.

The two most recent recipients of the ACHPER Fellowship award are:

2019 Professor Dawn Penney

2019 Adjunct Professor Helen Parker

2018 Dr Donna Barwood

2017 Mr Ross Williams

Click here to see the full list of WA Fellows


WA Branch Presidents

Click here to see the full list of past presidents


Member Milestones

5 years
Kenrick Armitage, Janine Bain, Donna Barwood, Sally Blane, Carmelina Bridges, Donna Cross, Jeremy Darvall, Belinda Dunham, Dixie Follett, Rolanda Geneff, Stephen Hunter, Tanya Ierace, Amy Jaggard, Heather Meldrum, Anne Miller, David Myers, Coral Perhavec, Joanne Pierce, Ben Piggott, Karina Podmore, Zachary Preston, Brad Ramsay, Kathleen Robbins, Matthew Shields, Morgan Stark, Craig Stein, Tanya Takayama, Luke Thompson, Janeen Thomsett, Linda Thorburn, Carissa Tucker, Alison Turner, Amanda Washer, Gail Warrilow, Rachael White, Karen Wilson

10 years
Michael Barton, Rick Bunn, Corinne Fox, Kerry Hinkley, Graham Jones, Susan Kenny, Melanie Kearney, Alexander McLennan, Steven Miller, Stella Northey, Barry Paveling, Jennifer Raphael, Paul Stockley, Craig Thomas, Valerie Thompson, Dan Vernon, Emme Wild

15 years
Ash Dashlooty, Graham Jones, Terry Pass, Ross Williams

20 years
Martin Anderson, Clara Deans, Beth Hands, Karen Layman, Dawn Penney, Adam Scott, Ann Shakespeare

25 years
Lui Ceccato, Paola Chivers, Craig Harms, Lynne Hughes, Regina Gaujers, Ian Lockhart, Christine Polglaze, Andrew Watt, Stephen Young,

30 years
Hilary Arthure, Louise Carson, Jan Michell, Craig Patterson, Janet Reeks, John Staer, Andrew Taggart

35 years
Joan Strikwerda-Brown, James Grove

40 years
Helen Parker

45 years
Lis Francis


Read more about our Inaugural President and the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp.