ACHPER is a membership based non-profit organisation, governed by a Volunteer Board comprising professionals from educational and community sectors. It has a strong network of state and territory branches that serve members through a range of professional activities.
The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) is a national professional association representing people who work in the areas of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, Dance, Community Fitness or Movement Sciences.
ACHPER is committed to programs and projects that are both commercial and educational. Funds generated from such activities are used for further projects and member services.
Strategic priorities for ACHPER NSW
At ACHPER NSW our strategic priorities are aligned with the ACHPER National Strategic Priorities and are built on:
Purpose: To create strong advocacy for PDHPE across NSW and support ACHPER National to promote healthy lifestyles for all Australians.
People: To develop positive relationships and connections with key stakeholders across all areas of health, wellbeing, PE and sport.
Processes: To foster partnerships with key stakeholders in health, physical education and wellbeing as well as the greater community.
Products and practices: To improve the position of ACHPER NSW in advocating for PDHPE and health lifestyles throughout NSW and Australia.
Our overarching priorities are ADVOCATE, EDUCATE and SUPPORT, encapsulating what is reflected in the work of ACHPER NSW since the 1950s.
Brad McAllisterTreasurer, Capacity building and innovation
Brad is currently the Assistant Principal at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow and has been a PDHPE teacher for 17 years. He has been a Board member for the past 5 years and has been involved in the planning and delivery of a range of workshops including the Aspiring Leaders, Quality Assessment, Job Application Process and Learning Technologies workshops.
Kelly Bell is extremely passionate about supporting educators who teach subjects under the PDHPE KLA, in particular Community and Family Studies. Since beginning her teaching career in 2004 she has taught 7-10 PDHPE, 9-10 PASS, 11-12 PDHPE and 11-12 CAFS and 11-12 EEC. She has been involved with CAFS in a number of different capacities. Kelly is the co-founder of The CAFS Network which has seen her support and collaborate with CAFS teachers across NSW developing workshops and various curriculum materials. She is the co-author of the Nelson Community and Family Studies textbook and Cambridge Checkpoints HSC CAFS, and is a marker and writer for CAFS examinations. Kelly has developed, presented and reviewed materials for ACHPER NSW for over 9 years. She has also worked with government and community organisations on developing teaching resources for CAFS. Kelly holds a Masters in Educational Leadership.
Clare RodenStage 6 PDHPE/CAFS
Clare Roden is a highly motivated teacher with a passion for improving learning experiences/outcomes for students through collaboration and sharing with fellow teachers. She has experience as a classroom teacher, head teacher and new scheme teacher mentor. Clare teaches PDHPE 7 – 10, PASS and Stage 6 CAFS & PDHPE and was involved in a BOSTES reference group to discuss the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum : Health and Physical Education. She is also an experience marker and writer for PDHPE examinations. Clare has been involved with ACHPER for almost 10 years presenting PDHPE workshops and reviewing associated materials.
Alex LuptonStage 6 PDHPE and CAFS
Alex Lupton is a passionate teacher who highly values professional development in PDHPE to enhance both, student learning and teaching strategies. She also seeks to further develop her own teaching to improve learning outcomes for her students. Alex has had the opportunity to teach in all three teaching sectors and has varying experiences, as a PDHPE teacher, new scheme teacher mentor, head teacher and senior education officer. Alex has taught all areas within the PDHPE curriculum - PDHPE 7-10; electives - Child Studies; PASS; stage 6-CAFS, PDHPE, EEC, SLR. She has been involved in ACHPER workshops for PASS and Stage 6 PDHPE. Her exuberance for Stage 6 has lead to this being her focus on the ACHPER NSW Board.
Hayley DeanVice President
Hayley has worked as a PDHPE Teacher for 13 years after graduating with Honours from the University of Wollongong in 2003, and is currently the Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning at Kiama High School. She holds leadership positions including, Planning Team for The PDHPE Combined Network Illawarra (CNI) and NSW Teachers Federation Councillor for South Illawarra. Hayley has presented and written course material for the ACHPER HSC Enrichment Days and presented at ACHPER Workshops. She has recently been involved in the Physical Literacy and Wellbeing Project Group for the Wagga Wagga Operational Directorate and is currently working towards Lead Accreditation on a Department of Education LDI Scholarship.
Kristy O'MahonyBoard Committee Member - Years 7-12 portfolio
Kristy is currently the Head of PDHPE at a secondary school in Sydney. She has taught in the PDHPE KLA throughout NSW and overseas for the past 20 years. Kristy has also contributed to the HSC Study Guide for the Sydney Morning Herald and has been a HSC marker. She is keen to collaborate with and support teachers throughout NSW and has been an ACHPER Board Member for the past 3 years.
Daniel JacksonBoard member - Partnerships and Special Projects
Daniel is a motivated, passionate and experienced PDHPE teacher. He is the founder of pdhpe.net a website designed to help HSC PDHPE students succeed in their HSC. He has also grown a community around the website providing resources and networking opportunities around the delivery of HSC PDHPE content. Daniel has presented on HSC content, Literacy in PDHPE, and Flipped Learning for ACHPER at both the state and national level.
Danielle Hillier7-12 PDHPE Portfolio
Danielle has worked as a PDHPE teacher at a Secondary High School for 8 years, teaching Stage 6 PDHPE, CAFS, SLR and Dance. She has experience as a Head Teacher, classroom teacher, marker, examination writer for various organisations and workshop presenter. She is passionate about teaching and ways to enhance student learning, continually interested in ways to deliver and improve teaching through collaboration and innovation.
Kyle Sutton7-12 PDHPE ortfolio
Kyle is enthusiastic and hardworking in his approach to education and has a specific focus on improving teacher quality through the use of engaging professional learning, engaging lessons and resources for student learning. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education) from the University of Wollongong and over the last 9 years has been a Physical Education and Health Teacher, 7 years at an all-boys High School in Sydney and 2 Years in London. He currently coordinates the middle school welfare program at his current school and delivers many professional development sessions at school.
Sharon CouttsProfessional Learning Officer
Before commencing her role as the ACHPER NSW Professional Learning Officer, Sharon held leadership positions for over ten years as both Head of Sport and Head of PDHPE in the independent school sector. During this time she taught across all stages from K – 12 and she has been involved in the preparation, review and implementation of course and curriculum materials for both primary and secondary PDHPE and PASS. She has always been curious and passionate about teacher wellbeing and professional learning, and has been actively involved in mentoring new scheme teachers and marking experienced teacher accreditation submissions. Sharon is excited to be involved with such a strong ACHPER NSW team, and in the shaping and delivery of innovative, dynamic and continued professional learning opportunities for all educators.
Additional Board Members:
Amanda de Carli – Partnerships and Special Projects
ACHPER NSW Staff:
Julie Percival – Executive Officer
Tracy Puckeridge – Accounts and administration
Sharon Coutts – Professional Learning Officer