Online Learning Series 2022

We have three types of online sessions:

Open to Play Australia Members Only

Join with experts globally to hear them informally discuss topical issues in play, risk and play space development.

Available to Full Benefits Members only.

Join with our panel of experts to discuss the latest Australian Standards and topical issues in risk management of play spaces.

Open to everyone - Members and Non-Members.

Our Special Events respond to the needs of the day, particularly to build our play advocacy.

Online Learning Series special event, The empowerment of loose parts play with Dr Brendon Hyndman
 

The Empowerment of Loose Parts Play in the Primary School Years: The Hidden Link for Children’s Development?

Brendon’s play research commenced over a decade ago, when the ‘Lunchtime Enjoyment Activity and Play’ (LEAP) intervention research from his PhD was released. This session will discuss some of the primary school-age findings and insights relating to loose parts provisions that have emerged from his educational research.

Dr Brendon Hyndman is an Associate Professor of Education and the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Education (FOAE) at Charles Sturt University. He is a qualified school teacher with postgraduate qualifications in higher education teaching and leadership, alongside a PhD investigating the play influences on primary and secondary school children from RMIT University in Melbourne.

Brendon will also share insights into the project he led which transformed a brand new primary school in the Ballarat region of Victoria
 

Thursday 11 August 2022

11:00am-12:00pm MEL, SYD, CBR, BNE, HBA (AEST)

10:30am-11:30pm ADL, DRW (ACST)

9:00am-10:00am PER (AWST)

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia PD session, Growing play streets in New Zealand with Sport New Zealand
 

Growing Play Streets in New Zealand

Hear from Peta, Ellie and Cat as they share how they are working to grow Community Play Streets in New Zealand. They will also provide insights from their recent Local Government capability-building workshops. The presentation will be followed by time for Q&A. This session is not to be missed!

 

Ellie Davidson, Regional Play Consultant, Sport New Zealand

Cat Wylde, Play Streets Consultant for Sport New Zealand

Peta McMillan, Play and Active Recreation project Specialist, Wellington City Council

Sport New Zealand will provide insights from their recent Local Government capability-building workshops.
 

Thursday 18 August 2022

11:00am-12:00pm MEL, SYD, CBR, BNE, HBA (AEST)

10:30am-11:30am ADL, DRW (ACST)

9:00am-10:00am PER (AWST)

 

Member only event

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia PD session, Risk management: Fitness equipment, parkour, skate and the Standards with Rick Reedy
 

As we grow our commitment to the provision of Outdoor Play for older kids and young people, we now have Australian Standards for Fitness Equipment, Skate facilities and Parkour. Andrew Reedy, Director, Play Check WA, Life Member of Play Australia and Chair of the Standards Committee, will outline the key risk management and design issues as detailed in Australian Standards.

Play Check director, Andrew Reedy, brings a wealth of experience in playground safety and design. He has been involved in the playground industry for the past 21 years. Prior to establishing Play Check, Andrew was involved in the playground manufacturing industry where he was General Manager of Forpark Australia.

This session is for Full Benefits Members only and will be of significant benefit to our Local Government and Industry Members. 
 

Thursday 25 August 2022

11:00am-12:00pm MEL, SYD, CBR, BNE, HBA (AEST)

10:30am-11:30am ADL, DRW (ACST)

9:00am-10:00am PER (AWST)

 

Full Benefit Members only event

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia PD session, ProjectPARK – optimising park use for specific age groups with Jenny Veitch
 

Dr Jenny Veitch will present findings on ProjectPARK, a comprehensive 3-year project funded by the Australian Research Council that examined park features most important for encouraging children, teens, and older adults to visit parks and be active and social during their park visits.

Dr Jenny Veitch is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, at Deakin University. Her research aims to better understand how design of the neighbourhood built and social environment may influence physical activity across the lifespan.

This presentation will provide practical guidance on features to prioritise in park (re)developments to optimise park use for specific age groups.
 

Thursday 01 September 2022

11:00am-12:00pm MEL, SYD, CBR, BNE, HBA (AEST)

10:30am-11:30am ADL, DRW (ACST)

9:00am-10:00am PER (AWST)

Member only event

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This session is now closed. 

Play Australia PD session, Is sustainability just about being outdoors, with Dr Sue Elliott

*POSTPONED* 

Due to illness, Dr Elliott's session has now been postponed until October. All registrants will be notified of the new date shortly. 

Is sustainability just about being outdoors? Possibilities for early years and school outdoor play spaces

A common misconception is that being outdoors equates to being sustainable, yet sustainability is much more complex. The intent of this session is to provoke some questioning and provide strategies to deepen understandings of the links between sustainability, education for sustainability and outdoor play spaces.

Both theoretical and practical insights will be shared in light of the urgent global climate challenges we face.
 

Thursday 08 September *POSTPONED*

4:00pm-5:00pm CBR, BNE, HBA, MEL, SYD (AEST)

3:30pm-4:30pm ADL, DRW (ACST)

2:00pm-3:00pm PER (AWST) 

 

This event is open to everyone, Members and Non Members

*POSTPONED*

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have postponed the online session with Dr Sue Elliott scheduled for Thursday 8 September

Play Australia will reschedule this important and popular event as part of our Spring Online Learning Series starting after the school holidays in October. 

We will post the new date as soon as possible. 

 

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For members

If you are a Member and would like to recommend a topic or a Special Guest, please contact:

  • Barb Champion - Executive Director, Play Australia
  • (M) 0419 363 666 or
  • (e) barb@playaustralia.org.au

 

 

 

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