2012 Conference Presenters
Bruce Esplin, the former Emergency Services Commissioner and currently the independent Chair of the Committee forming Outdoors Victoria, a new peak body for the outdoors sector in Victoria, will deliver a keynote address about the importance of resilience in times of crisis and the important role outdoor programs play in building that resilience in our young people.
Jon Faine- ABC Radio presenter, Jon Faine, will present on the Media.
After seven years as a lawyer, Jon entered radio broadcasting in 1989 to produce and present Radio National's Law Report. He then presented 3LO's Morning and Afternoon programs, worked on ABC TV's Investigators, First Edition and Wise UP and has been presenting the Morning program on 774 ABC Melbourne since 1997.
Steve Cusworth from FPL Advisory will present 'Advocacy for the Outdoors, Building a Campaign to attract investment into camps and outdoor adventure programs'. I am sure you will remember the Education for Life Policy released by the Labor Party leading up to the last Victorian State election. A major part of this policy was a $288million investment over four years to send every year 9 student in Victoria on a 14 day camps and journey program. Steve and his team were an integral part of helping as to advocate for that program in the 18 months leading up to the last election so his insights into how to put together a campaign will be fascinating.
Fred Wright from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will present on 'Conflict Coaching: Tips and tools for dealing with conflict'. Fred has been recruited to a newly created position within DSE to coach staff on how to better deal with conflict. He has a strong background in this area and I am sure will provide us with some important insights into understanding the difference between conflict and bullying and how to manage difficult situations.
Inspector Greg Hough A.P.M, O.A.M and Senior Sergeant Paul Cliffe from Victoria Police will provide a presentation in relation to an operational perspective from two emergency service workers, relative to planning, preparation, risk mitigation and emergency management. Delegates will be exposed to aspects of planning, preparation, initial action, decision making and risk mitigation in order to better place them prior, during and after emergencies.
Anthony Hall, Director and Founder of Halls Outdoor Education & David Forsyth, Director of Outdoor Education at Halls Outdoor Education will engage delegates in a high ropes session and look at the facilitation needed to get the best out of a comprehensive ropes course. Further to this 'hands on' session, Anthony and David will also present on how Outdoor Recreation Traineeships can benefit the student and the employer.
Colin Kneebone of Adventure Pro will facilitate 'My Camp Stove Rules'. Food and good eating can make or break your expeditions in the great outdoors. The coming together to share a meal and reflect on the days adventures is an important part of the overall experience. Finally, here is your chance to cook off against your peers and to find out whose lightweight camping stove rules! Contestants can cook a main meal or dessert for the competition. For more information please click here.
Mark Collard will present a 'hands on' session 'Why Icebreakers Don't Work'. This practical workshop will feature activities and discussion focuesed on why most program leaders use ice-breakers and group games very poorly, and yet wonder why they meet resistance from thier group.
Five 'Golden Rules' will be introduced to guide participants in the successful use of prepatory group activities, and in particular, how they can be designed and integrated into any camp program for optimal results.
Cameron McLeod will present 'Increasing Physical Activity Participation: A Framework for Action'. Cameron is the Manager for Physical Activity at VicHealth. The presentation will focus on active recreation and participants will be assist in contributing to the development of the framework.
Michelle McQuaid, Positive Psychologist, will present 'Do you know how to unleash the Potential of your Campers'. Michelle will provide a brief introduction into what the science has learnt in the past decade.
Best of all, she'll give you a proven, practical tools that can be immediately applied in any campsite for any group to make their experience more rewarding.
Peter Eynard from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will cover a summary of some of the main provisions of Part 4 of the Compertition and Consumer 2012 and why these previsions are illegal; in particular, cartel behaviours including price fixing, bid rigging and market sharing etc.
Consumer gurantees which form part of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) will also be discussed.
Murray Irwin of Savi Consulting is a freelance outdoor educator and adventure therapy group leader with 14yrs experience. Murray's presentation 'Encourage Appropriate Behaviour: A Six-Step Approach' will provide an understanding on the key elements of dealing with inappropriate behaviour and to overview a series of steps, tools and strategies to use.
Potential clients for these programs will be discussed. Lastly the recruitment and training as well as the effects on the staff of outdoor providers will be commented on.
Paul Colagiuri of Encompass Outdoors & Camp Somerset will present 'And When it Happened, How Did it all Stack Up in Court?- The Story of our successful defence against a litigation claim in the Supreme court'. In this open and interactive workshop, Paul will share
In a second session, Paul will introduce a range of innovative games and activities, and explore ways to make icebreakers, teambuilding and processing activities actually work to their full potential in your programmes.
*Please note that presenters are subject to change without notice.