This conference has a rich history over 50 years engaging with national and international health and physical education teachers, sport educators and coaches, outdoor educators and associated heath practitioners in the sharing of the importance of active and healthy living through ACHPER's primary focus areas - health and physical education and recreation.


Jo Harris|Loughborough University, United Kingdom
ACHPER is pleased to announce our second Keynote Speaker Jo Harris, for the 2019 ACHPER International Conference in Canberra.

Jo Harris is a Reader in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy plus Director of Teacher Education at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
Jo taught in secondary schools for 12 years and has been a teacher educator for 28 years. As Director of Teacher Education at Loughborough, she has led consecutive Ofsted inspections in which teacher education has been judged 'outstanding'. Jo has held prominent roles within, and been the recipient of a number of awards from, national physical education subject associations for her significant and sustained contribution to the profession.

Jo's research focuses on health-related learning in physical education and the promotion of active lifestyles in schools and she regularly publishes in professional and academic journals and presents at national and international conferences. In recent years, she has attained the status of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, received awards for research-informed teaching and high quality postgraduate supervision, and co-published a book with Human Kinetics on 'promoting active lifestyles in schools'.


Jan Wright|| University of Wollongong
ACHPER is pleased to announce our Fritz Duras lecturer Jan Wright, for the 2019 ACHPER International Conference in Canberra.

Jan Wright is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong.  She has been a health and physical education teacher in schools, and a lecturer and researcher in the field for over 40 years.  Jan has consulted with various state and national departments of education on gender issues and was a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Australian Curriculum: HPE.  She is committed to bringing a socially critical and educative approach to teaching Health and Physical Education in schools and higher education.
Jan's research draws on sociological perspectives to critically engage issues associated with the relationship between embodiment, culture and health.  Some of her recent research has focused on the meaning of health and physical activity in the lives of young people and the role school-based health education plays in shaping children and young people's understandings of their bodies and health.



The 31st ACHPER International Conference: Reconfiguring HPE, Sport and Recreation to Enrich Communities will have both national and international appeal. This event has already attracted high quality keynote speakers from overseas and Australia and promises to be a showcase of contemporary and future focused ideas that will ensure that it is a must attend event for Health and Physical Education professionals and health, sports and other industry stakeholders.

We invite abstracts for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, symposia and posters addressing one or the following themes:

Community Engagement

Contemporary Practices

Public Policy Influence

Abstract submissions close on Friday, 27 July 2018.

To submit your abstract please click here.


We are please to announce that the 2019 ACHPER International Conference will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, ACT, Australia. 
The AIS is Australia's premier elite sports precinct. A place that cannot be found anywhere else in Australia. It is the training camp location of choice for Australian and international athletes and teams as well as a substantial provider of residential accommodation for local and international student groups and sporting teams who wish to access some of the world's best sports facilities and experts.

The AIS is also an integrated and vibrant tourism, sporting, conference and entertainment precinct. Unlike many iconic sporting training venues around the world, they welcome everyone to ExperienceAIS, opening their door to more than 300 000 Australian and overseas visitors annually.


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