Home Economics Institute of Australia Inc.


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About the conference

While retaining its historical focus on individual and family wellbeing, the Australian home economics profession has in more recent times expanded its focus to include planetary wellbeing. But contributing to personal, family and planetary wellbeing requires the profession to proactively speak up—to challenge the status quo and to disrupt those systems, processes and policies that mould critical agendas in ways that threaten the basic rights of individuals, families, communities, populations, and indeed the planet—agendas such as keeping women safe from violence, achieving mental wealth for all, building sustainable and culturally rich food futures, addressing fast fashion’s shameful squandering of physical resources and abuse of human resources, and ensuring that artificial intelligence and other technologies work for and do not control the consumer, to name but a few. 

The aim of Home Economics 2020: Igniting critical agendas is to identify and ignite critical agendas relevant to the home economics profession by engaging in deep dialogue and critical thinking to develop creative solutions and challenge the status quo to help build genuine, meaningful and positive change in the local and global communities in which we live and work. And for those working in the education sector, the deep thinking about these critical agendas that will ensure their content knowledge is current will be complemented by equally deep thinking about contemporary curriculum, pedagogy and assessment agendas. 

Major objectives of the conference 

It is intended that the conference will:
Who will attend?
The conference will attract approximately 300 delegates, including:
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

The BCEC is a world-class venue over three levels situated at South Bank, the river heart of Brisbane, in a unique riverside cultural and entertainment precinct that includes the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery, the State library and of course the renowned and celebrated Gallery of Modern Art. It is a stone’s throw to the Brisbane River and Southbank Parklands, where you can view Brisbane from the Brisbane Wheel, stroll, jog, scoot or ride along the boardwalk, take a swim at the Southbank beach, or chill out at one of the many cafes and restaurants. And it is only a short walk from Brisbane CBD.

It is perfect for the conference because:

Brisbane weather in September
The September spring climate is characterised by average temperatures of 15–25°C with warm, sunny days tempered by cool sea breezes and low humidity. Perfect time for a Queensland holiday!  

We encourage you to mark your diary, book your flights and if appropriate, seek approval and funding to support your attendance.

Contact us

Conference management and sponsorship enquiries
Please contact:
Expert Events
PO Box 351, Hamilton Central QLD 4007 Australia
Tel: +61 7 3848 2100
Email: heiabrisbane2020@expertevents.com.au

Program enquiries
Please contact:
Dr Janet Reynolds
Tel: 0400 628 880
Email: janetrey@ozemail.com.au

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