2019 ACHPER WA State Conference Registrations

Building Hearts Strengthening Minds




The Annual State HPE conference is being held on the 25-27 November 2019, at ECU Mount Lawley.

The Conference is for teachers of Health and Physical Education, Dance, Outdoor Education and Recreation teaching all years from Kindergarten to Year 12. It is also a valuable resource for those working in the associated industries of sport and recreation and fitness.

We know that HPE teachers are well placed to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people!  But how might we best support and strengthen healthier, safer and more physically active living in the students who are in our care?

The 2019 ACHPER WA state conference brings together the HPE community to empower, action and mobilise teachers to grow, shape and support the future(s) of young West Australians through innovative, creative and inclusive practice, and a community of committed professionals who want to make a difference.


ACHPER WA is thrilled to announce that Associate Professor Shane Pill and Associate Professor Fiona Farringdon will deliver the key notes for the 2019 ACHPER WA State Conference. See the presenter information below for the Keynote Bios.

Associate Professor Shane Pill
Keynote Abstract: Physical Literacy for Physical Education
Physical Literacy has been adopted internationally as a narrative and objective towards getting more people physically active across their life span. The ambition to get more people active is important and urgent given the increase in sedentary behaviour and concern for the associated health implications of this trend. In Australia, Physical Literacy has been defined as the integration of physical, psychological, cognitive and social capabilities that help us live active, healthy and fulfilling lifestyles (Sport Australia, 2018). By adopting this definition, Physical Literacy is closely aligned with common definitions of Student Wellbeing which typically include physical, cognitive, and social capabilities. Physical literacy is also in definition similar to physical education (PE), as definitions of PE commonly include references to physical, psychological, cognitive, social and emotional domains of learning capabilities. It is therefore not surprising that globally, physical literacy has been positioned as a goal of PE. There are many potential ramifications for HPE teachers and learners in adopting a focus on the development of physical literacy as a goal of PE. It is therefore an important concept for HPE teachers to be considering in their work. In this presentation, aspects of physical literacy will be considered, and a case study of a school mapping physical literacy to their HPE curriculum delivery will be examined.

Associate Professor Fiona Farringdon
Keynote Abstract: Sex, Drugs and Social Media
From magazines to Instagram, landlines to smartphones, cassettes to Spotify, writing letters to emails and texting, encyclopedias to google and videos to Netflix; times have changed rapidly over the past 30 plus years of my life in health education but have the health issues for young people changed? They are certainly more complex and exacerbated by ready access to the Internet but sex, drugs and media manipulation have provided challenges for young people for as long as my aging brain can remember. In this presentation I will explore past, current and future health issues related to young people and how we as health educators can best support all young people to stay safe and flourish.



It’s a great opportunity to listen to and interact with leading professionals in your field, and connect with colleagues who are innovative, motivated and passionate about HPE.

Our theme this year is Building Hearts, Strengthening Minds

The conference is held over 3 days with Monday focusing on Secondary Education, Tuesday on Primary and Secondary Education, and Wednesday on Primary Education. There will be streams for Health Education, Physical Education, and practical sessions.



We take pleasure in inviting new and past presenters to consider submitting a presentation abstract for this year’s event.

We are looking for presenters across all areas of the HPE curriculum and for presentations which will link to the Conference Theme: Building Hearts Strengthening Minds. There are streams in Health Education, Physical Education, Outdoors Education, Phys Ed Studies, Health Studies and sport development, and session times will be 60, 75 or 90 minutes.

Please complete your submission via our online portal as soon as possible.  Acceptance of your submission will be confirmed via e-mail.



Please contact us if you would like to a copy of our Sponsors & Stalls Information Pack and the application form.


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  • Shane Pill

    Shane Pill

    Associate Professor for the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Shane worked for 19 years as a science and physical education teacher in schools in Perth and Adelaide; holding leadership positions including HPE Coordinator, Sport Coordinator, Year Level Coordinator, Director of School Administration and Deputy Principal. At Flinders University he lectures in curriculum studies, physical education and sport pedagogy. He has been program coordinator for the Secondary Education degree programs, Research Higher Degrees, and the Sport, Health and Physical Education Programs Leader. Shane is the author of six resource books on the concept of Play with Purpose using a Game Sense approach for PE teaching and sport coaching. He has also published the text Perspectives on Athlete Centred Coaching. Shane has worked with community, state and national sport organisations on coach education and/or resource development, and with the Australian Sports Commission/Sport Australia, the SACE Board, and the State Education Department. Shane has been president of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) at state and national levels, and he is a Fellow and Life Member of ACHPER.

  • Fiona Farringdon

    Fiona Farringdon

    Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Course Coodinator- Preventive Health at Notre Dame.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Fiona is the Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences, University of Notre Dame and Program Leader: Bachelor of Health Promotion. Fiona has been involved in health education and health promotion for over thirty years at the practitioner and academic levels. She taught at a variety of secondary and primary schools as a health and physical education teacher for twelve years before moving to the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI). Fiona is committed to translating research evidence into effective practice hence she moved to Notre Dame to create the health education pedagogy courses in the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE). Both primary and secondary BHPE students study the three compulsory courses that focus on evidence based curriculum design, interactive teaching strategies and, inclusive, contemporary content. Over her time at Notre Dame she has taught every cohort of BHPE graduates, and created the Bachelor of Health Promotion. She was also one of the original writers of the Western Australian year 11 and 12 health studies course. Fiona has authored and co-authored over 30 peer reviewed papers, 16 technical reports and presented at over 20 conferences; state, national and international. She has been a great supporter of ACHPER, being a previous Vice President and board member and has presented numerous workshops at conferences especially in the early days of the health studies course. Her passion for the health of adolescents and emerging adults remains 30 plus years on.

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25-27 November 2019


ECU Mount Lawley

Early Bird

offer closes 26 July 2019


Enquiries to 0466 100 049 or info@achperwa.org.au


Member: 1 day


Non-member: 1 day


MEMBER: 2 days


Non-member: 2 days


MEMBER: 3 days


Non-member: 3 days


Special School pass

$750 for 3 days

ACHPER Membership

$99 (Save $41)


Tertiary Students fees also apply. Please note there is a $20 admin cancellation fee. Please contact us for more information on the Special School Pass and rego code.

Sponsors and Stalls


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