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2017 National conference - Home Economics without Borders


The HEIA 2017 national conference program has been finalised and registration is open. The conference brochure is available for downloading and will also be sent to all HEIA members

The HEIA 2017 national conference program includes a fantastic line up of presenters who have been selected to enable delegates to explore effective home economics practice without borders—that is, moving from the rhetoric of policymaking to taking coordinated action across borders in the pursuit of wellbeing, social justice and human rights. Through such action being taken, the significance of these physical and psychological borders is diminished and the powerful meanings of the expression ‘without borders’ with respect to effective home economics practice become evident—inclusion, maintaining a global perspective and expanding our connectedness using all the organisational and technological tools at our disposal.

The three-day program has been designed to enable delegates to participate in a range of modes of professional learning:

The terrific keynote speakers are bound to enthrall, inspire and make us think about issues such as domestic violence, obesity, wellbeing, peak performance and excellence, the clothes we wear and how we cook! The 31 concurrent sessions and nine site visits then provide a pathway for everyone.

Melbourne is the place to be for those interested in food. The conference is delighted to welcome three well-recognised chefs to the conference—Scott Pickett (The Estelle), Greg Hampton (Charcoal Lane) and Ha Nguyen (OTAO cooking school). And whilst on the topic of food, we are delighted to welcome a number of food and nutrition experts on a range of topics—plant-based diets, bone health, GM foods, taste perceptions, their research on food literacy and what is happening in schools, and so much more.

The curriculum and pedagogy pathway has so much to offer—plenty about the Australian Curriculum and the new Victorian Food Studies course as well as several sessions on pedagogy to engage 21st century minds.

Other speakers will share their research, with both experienced researchers and up-and-coming PhD and Masters students sharing their work on a range of topics.

For those with an interest in textiles, apart from the site visits that include two practical hands-on sessions and a trip to the National Gallery of Victoria International Fashion and Textiles study room, lecturers from Holmesglen Institute offering sessions on design thinking and how to draw, and two other presenters are sharing experiences for the textiles classroom.

And much more besides, including thought-provoking speakers from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

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