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.
Kelly Bell is a passionate PDHPE educator who has taught all courses in the PDHPE KLA in both public and Catholic schools since 2004. She has been a strong advocate for health, physical education and wellbeing through her work with ACHPER NSW as a writer, presenter and developer of professional learning and revision materials since 2007 at both state and National level. Kelly’s dedication and leadership to the Community and Family Studies course has been evident through her work as a mentor, presenter, examination writer, marker and resource developer for a number of different government and community organisations. She is the co-founder of The CAFS Network and has co-written the Nelson CAFS textbook and Cambridge University Press HSC Checkpoints for CAFS. Kelly has been on the ACHPER Board since 2014, holds a Master in Educational Leadership from ACU and is currently seeking accreditation at higher levels.
Brad McAllisterVice President
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.
Clare RodenStage 6 Portfolio
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 Portfolio
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.
Kristy O'MahonyK-10 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.
Danielle DavisStage 6 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 SuttonK-10 Portfolio
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.
Lauren has a strong passion for designing programs and initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of her students, utilising whole school and targeted intervention structures through her roles of Head Teacher of Learning and Wellbeing and Head Teacher Welfare. She has an interest in curriculum, best practice and engaging and innovating teaching methods as well as emerging issues in PDHPE. Lauren has experience in teaching all stages of PDHPE as well as SLR and PASS. Lauren co-founded the NSW PDHPE Teachers Facebook Group and is dedicated towards the use of social media as a professional development and resource tool.
Hayley DeanCommunity Engagement Portfolio
Hayley is a passionate health and physical educator with 14 years experience as a teacher, head teacher and teacher advisor after graduating with Honours from the University of Wollongong. She is currently the Senior Curriculum Officer, PDHPE at the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Hayley is a strong advocate for lifelong learning, evidence-based practice and building collaborative partnerships. She is a member of the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) Curriculum Advisory Committee and has established a partnership between the Department of Education and the University of Wollongong for an annual Year 11 Wellbeing Symposium for 2000 students. She is an experienced writer and presenter and continues to be a lifelong learner herself, currently studying a Masters of Educational Leadership.
ACHPER NSW Staff:
Julie Percival – Executive Officer
Tracy Puckeridge – Accounts and administration
Emma Chapman- Administration
Sharon Coutts – Professional Learning Officer