Events in Queensland

2020 SEQ FOOLS Forum

***** Rescheduled event from 2019 due to catastrophic bushfire conditions*****

The Facilitators of Outdoor Learning (FOOL’s) Forum is an opportunity to share strategies relating to the facilitation of outdoor learning.

Whether your teaching focus is personal development, outdoor pursuits or environmental education the forum sessions will be an opportunity to share and learn together. In keeping with an experiential approach and to minimise the pressure on presenters, there will be limited powerpoints or hand-outs. The presenters are outdoor facilitators like you and I, they will be as interested in learning different strategies as the participants.

WHEN:
SEQ – Saturday 21st March 2020 8am – 3pm

WHERE: 
SEQ – BGS Pepperina Hill (Lake Moogerah)

COST: $50 for members
Price all inclusive of food, resources and forum fun.

SEQ TICKETS CLOSE 12pm WEDNESDAY 18TH March 2020.
HURRY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT…..

Action Learning Days

As Outdoor professionals we don’t often have many opportunities to share facilitation strategies in the field, unpack potential challenges or grow new ideas with other like-minded professionals.  The OEAQ aims to provide a series of “Action Learning Days” where educators can gather together and participate in an outdoor pursuit together and discuss the state of play in their neck of the woods.

CPD Hours towards your QLD Teacher Rego, logbooks & AITSL Teaching Standards:

Monday 20th April: Mountain Bike in Sugar Bag rd. Caloundra

This full day will look at all your guiding skills and teaching frameworks, along with the competencies from the training package.  This will be a peer reviewed session

Tuesday 23rd June: Vertical Rescue at Kangaroo Point

A range of skills covered here, from hoisting and lowering, to vertical mobility skills and complex team rescues.

Thursday 16th July: Multipitch Day at Mt TImbeerwah

We will directly be facilitating a multi-pitch day, with abseils, hanging belays, changing from one rope to another and other skills.  You will experience a few different sites on the mountain that are rarely accessed.

Thursday 8th  October: Surfing PD at Noosa
Spaces limited to OEAQ members only
Cost: $40
Insurance provided by the OEAQ

MTB PD Tickets

Vertical Rescue PD Tickets

Multi-pitch PD Tickets

Surfing PD Tickets

FNQ FOOLS 2019

The Facilitators of Outdoor Learning (FOOL’s) Forum is an opportunity to share strategies relating to the facilitation of outdoor learning.

Whether your teaching focus is personal development, outdoor pursuits or environmental education the forum sessions will be an opportunity to share and learn together. In keeping with an experiential approach and to minimise the pressure on presenters, there will be limited powerpoints or hand-outs. The presenters are outdoor facilitators like you and I, they will be as interested in learning different strategies as the participants.

WHEN:
FNQ – Saturday 23rd November 8:30am – 4pm

WHERE:
FNQ – St Andrews College (Redlynch)

COST: $50 for members
Price all inclusive of food, resources and forum fun.

FNQ Draft Program
The forum wil include a mixture of practical, discussion sessions and industry updates from QORF & OEAQ and about CARA’s and the AAS. Practical sessions will most probably include but not limited to bushwalking, Duke of Edinburgh, canoeing, wilderness first aid, school orienteering and navigation and other topics as they become offered.

Please contact Darren Osmond 0427 330 946 @TAS –outdooreducation@tas.qld.edu.au with questions and dietary requirements

FNQ TICKETS HERE…
HURRY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT…..

Dr. Clare Dallat - Critical Incident Planning Workshop Series

Friday 19th July and Saturday 20th July 2019.

This workshop with be available as a 1-day or 2-day workshop facilitated by Clare Dallat from Risk Resolve.

Friday 19th July,  2pm – 6pm.  Crisis Response (Theory, scenario and debrief)
          &
Saturday 20th July 9:00am – 4:30pm  Workshop on developing tools for proactive critical incident mangement.(Theory, practice, tool development and feedback on current practice).

Clare has a Masters Degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. Has completed and published PhD research. And is a regular presenter at national, and international forums.

Read some of Clare’s peer-reviewed research and findings.

All about the Teacher, the Rain and the Backpack: The Lack of a Systems Approach to Risk Assessment in School Outdoor Education Programs.

Communicating Risk with Parents: Exploring the Methods and Beliefs of Outdoor Education Coordinators in Victoria, Australia.

Tickets from the QORF website – here

Adventure Alternatives Ropes Course Incident - Sharing our Learning-

Adventure Alternatives Ropes Course Incident of 2018

– Sharing our Learning-

Friday 26th April: 9am – 12pm followed by lunch

This is an open invitation to all Outdoor Educators, Managers, Leadership Teams, Business Owners and Organisations whom work within the Outdoor Education field to share our learning from a high ropes incident which occurred at the Adventure Alternatives Woodford centre in 2018. This is a day of open sharing with an aim to assist the larger outdoor community to learn and grow collectively when an incident occurs in the field.

Program Outline:

Welcome and site Introduction

Move to high ropes course: Adventure Alternatives to present

  • What happened (as in the causal factor not intricate detail).
  • Our new tails and tail tying template.
  • What we have done to improve the running of the course.
  • Our Daily Ropes Course Inspection.
  • Our Induction and SOP process.

Morning Tea at the Centre

  • The process of working through an incident without a big team.
  • Helping our staff
  • Handling the media
  • Managing clients and parents
  • Eliminating shame around incidents and reporting an incident.
  • The cost of not reporting incidents
  • Open panel discussion: How to report findings of incidents which can help the larger community.

Lunch (Provided)
Please email any dietary requirements to oeaq@oeaq.org.au

Tickets here

Andrew Brooks Fatality Prevention Workshop

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD, 2018 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM.

Venue – Hillbrook Anglican School – SE QLD

Presenter – Andrew Brookes

Andrew Brookes is one of the most well known researchers into the prevention of fatalities in the outdoors. He is presenting his latest findings at the upcoming 8th International Outdoor Education Research Conference to be held at USC on the 19th – 23rd November. The OEAQ has been able to secure Andrew for a one day workshop looking at the prevention of fatalities in the outdoors.

If your PD budget is running low, this is the one event you cannot miss!!!

Andrew’s work has been described as “the most extensive review of OE fatalities internationally and has shown that fatal incident prevention is feasible, but requires specific knowledge and particular action. It does not necessarily follow from normal safety practices or good programming.”

Through a mixture of discussions, brief participant presentations, and expert presentations this day workshop would provide an introduction to developing case-based fatality prevention expertise. We will look at the nature of case-based prevention knowledge; the scope of fatal incident cases, and learning to recognise potentially fatal circumstances.

There will be some necessary pre-reading to this workshop, 3 or 4 incidents that will be provided to you. Also please come prepared to join in the discussion, this day is not one to sit back, but to open up and be reflective about our current practice.

Morning tea and lunch provided – Please email oeaq@oeaq.org.au with any dietary requirements

Registration will close on October 23rd at 6:00pm to allow pre-reading material to be distributed.

Tickets available here

2018 FNQ FOOLS Forum

Facilitators of Outdoor Learning (FOOLS) Forums are run occasionally by OEAQ and are aimed at bringing outdoor educators together to have fun, share practice and recent experiences. Check back from time for dates or join OEAQ to be sure to receive an email invite. Normally held in South-east Queensland and Far North Queensland.

Upcoming FOOL’s Forum

FNQ – December 1st 2018 from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm (AEST)

Trinity Anglican School, White Rock Campus, 200 Progress Rd, White Rock, QLD, 4868

The Facilitators of Outdoor Learning (FOOL’s) Forum is an opportunity to share strategies relating to the facilitation of outdoor learning.

Whether your teaching focus is personal development, outdoor pursuits or environmental education the forum sessions will be an opportunity to share and learn together. In keeping with an experiential approach and to minimise the pressure on presenters, there will be limited powerpoints or hand-outs. The presenters are outdoor facilitators like you and I, they will be as interested in learning different strategies as the participants.

DRAFT PROGRAM

8.15am Arrival & Registration, Networking.

8:30am Opening address and welcome. Introductions.

Brief history of FOOLS and the Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland (OEAQ). Current issues in the outdoor industry. QORF Update, UPLOADS, FNQ OE Directory, NOLRS Update, OEA update, AAS Update, CARA’s, QPWS update

9:00am Industry provider snapshots

10 minutes each for organisations to outline their products & services. TEEC/HBEEC, The Northern Outlook, TAS OE, Specialised Outdoor Survival, QORF OEAQ.

10.00am Morning tea – provided by The Camp Oven Catering

10:30am Electives Session 1 – choose from:

  1. Teaching Orienteering – school orienteering using professional orienteering maps, manky maps and smartphone orienteering
  2. Wilderness First Aid Informal Update / Discussion / Scenario
  3. Environmental Education – tba

11:45am Electives Session 2 – choose from:

  1. Cross Curricular Learning in Outdoor Education
  2. Facilitation Techniques
  3. Instructing introductory mountain biking

1:00pm Lunch – provided by the Camp Oven – examples of camp dinners

2:00pm Electives Session 3 – choose from:

  1. Instructing introductory kayaking skills
  2. Facilitating group games
  3. Emergency Equipment – Communication & First Aid.

3.15pm Afternoon Tea – provided by The Camp Oven Catering

3:30pm Open Mic session

4.00pm Close and wind down drinks & networking

Please email your elective session preferences to the Darren Osmond @TAS – outdooreducation@tas.qld.edu.au

If you have any dietary requirements please email Darren – outdooreducation@tas.qld.edu.au

For further information please contact

Darren Osmond – 0427330946 or outdooreducation@tas.qld.edu.au

Price all inclusive of food, resources and forum fun.

Tickets available here

NOEC 2018 Reflection Evening

Tuesday April 24th, 2018 – 5:30-9pm.

Venue – Hillbrook Anglican School – 45 Hurdcotte St, Enoggera

The event is for those who were unable to attend NOEC in Hobart and wish to share in the learnings and reflections of those who attended.

The evening will included short reflective presentations from the QLD NOEC contingent and highlight the transferable learnings relevant to our state.

Tickets available 

Wilderness 1st Aid - Full Course & Recertification

7th – 11th April  – Adventure Alternatives (Kenilworth Campus)

22-26th September – Adventure Alternatives (Woodford campus)

Remote Area First Aid Course/Wilderness Recertification (3 days)

6th – 8th March 2018 – BGGS with Wilderness First Aid Australia www.wildernessmedicine.com.au

7th -9th April – Adventure Alternatives (Kenilworth campus)

PACI Vertical Rescue Course 12th- 15th December 2017

Once a year Dan Rush (Padua College) runs a PACI Vertical Rescue course for people in the industry to upskill them at an affordable price.

This nationally accredited course is a compressed 4 day intensive course.  Students need to study, complete exams and have some roping experience prior to the start of the course.   Successful students receive certification in VERTICAL RESCUE SKILLS (Complex)

SISOABN201A Demonstrate abseiling skills on natural surfaces

SISOCLN303A Establish belays for climbing on natural surfaces

SISOABN303A Apply single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces

SISOVTR301A Perform vertical rescues

SISOABN304A Establish ropes for single pitch abseiling skills on natural surfaces

SISOVTR402A Perform complex vertical rescues

Dates: 12th – 15th December

Location: Kangaroo Point cliffs

Cost: $450

$100 deposit is required to be paid by Friday 24th November so that the study guides can be dispatched and the students can prepare before hand.

This course only runs once a year and places fill fast so please get in touch with Dan Rush on drush(at)padua.qld.edu.au to secure your place ASAP.

FOOLS Forum Nov 18th 2017

Facilitators of Outdoor Learning (FOOLS) Forums are run occasionally by OEAQ and are aimed at bringing outdoor educators together to have fun, share practice and recent experiences. Check back from time for dates or join OEAQ to be sure to receive an email invite. Normally held in South-east Queensland and Far North Queensland.

Upcoming FOOL’s Forum

Padua Outdoor Education Centre | Padua Dr | (Off Louis Bazzo Drv) | Ringtail Creek 4568
Saturday, 18 November 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)

Whether your teaching focus is personal development, outdoor pursuits or environmental education the forum sessions will be an opportunity to share and learn together.  In keeping with an experiential approach and to minimise the pressure on presenters, there will be no powerpoints or hand-outs. The presenters are outdoor facilitators like you and I, they will be as interested in learning different strategies as the participants.

Looking to make a weekend of it?  You can contact the following local accommodation options: Pomona Showgrounds, Elanda Point or Boreen Point Camping and arrange to stay.

If you have any dietary requirements please email the OEAQ on oeaq@oeaq.org.au

Get your tickets here

Ian Williams Presentation - Dec 1st - ACU Campus Banyo

Dr Ian Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. With professional training in Psychology and Education, Ian’s research interests focus on adolescent mental health and wellbeing, positive youth development, and outdoor and nature-based health promotion. He currently coordinates a collaborative research program investigating health and wellbeing benefits associated with youth participation in outdoor camps and nature-based programs. Through the Outdoor Youth Programs Research Alliance (www.oypra.org.au) Ian works in collaboration with research partners from public health, psychology, education, NGOs and state government across Australia.

Sue Waite Presentation - June 9th 2017 - ACU Brisbane

Sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank – An opportunity for Outdoor Educators in QLD to gather and engage with international keynote Sue Waite as part of her Australian visit.

Sue Waite

Associate Professor (Reader) in Outdoor Learning in Plymouth Institute of Education

Plymouth University

Sue Waite is investigating how place, people and pedagogies interact to support positive societal outcomes through play, learning, health and well being in the great outdoors. Sue’s research includes: looking at youth benefits from living in and engaging with activities within National Parks; Economic and Social Science Research Council grants looking at ‘Opportunities afforded by the outdoors for alternative pedagogies in children’s transition from Foundation Stage to Year 1’; and ‘Understanding educational and well being implications of learning outside the classroom through cross-national collaboration’. Walking in wild places is her favourite outdoor activity.

The evening will see a casual beginning with nibbles and drinks before a presentation from Sue, with opportunity for discussion and reflection on her findings. On arrival at ACU please look out for the signs directing you to the presentation. Any difficulties please contact Ginny Mitchell on 0459 335 506

Tickets here

To renew your 2017 membership please visit https://outdooreducationaustralia.org.au/states/qld/oeaq-membership/
If you are unsure of your membership status please contact us at oeaq@oeaq.org.au

NOEC 2016

NOEC is the outdoor education conference (NOEC) run by Outdoor Education Australia every two years and organised each time by the hosting state body. In 2016 this is Queensland – Outdoor Educators Association of Queensland. Planning is already under way for the 2016 event and its location on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast makes it readily accessible for many Queenslanders.

Full details here

2013 Conference

This 3 day event was held in Cairns during the July 2013 school holidays and attended by over 100 outdoor educators.

Major Speakers were:

Chris Hudson author of An Adult’s Guide to The Teenage World and Raiding Resilient Teenagers.

Roger Greenaway (UK) Presentation and Workshop on Reviewing techniques 

Major Sponsors were:

Macpac, One Planet, Wilderness Equipment

2013 Macpac preentation 2013 Night Conf

AGM Notification

OEAQ AGM Notification

Is it time for you to contribute to your beloved outdoor community?   Are you interested in shaping and guiding Outdoor Education in Queensland?  The OEAQ Annual General Meeting is an opportunity to meet like minded educators and become involved in this supportive association.

OEAQ AGM – Thursday 5th Dec 2019

Please join us for the OEAQ AGM on Thursday December 5th at the Hillbrook Outdoor Education Office – 45 Hurdcotte St, Enoggera  @ 4pm  – 5:30pm.
The OEAQ executive encourage all members to consider nominating for the roles of President, Treasurer, Secretary or one of the non-execuative positions. We have had a stable committee over the years and it would be wonderful to have some new eyes and fresh ideas join in to help shape the future direction of the OEAQ.

We highly encourage women who are passionate about educating outdoors to nominate themselves for a position.

Please email oeaq@oeaq.org.au for the OEAQ roles and AGM Notice & Nomination Form.  Members are invited to complete a Proxy Form if they are unable to physically attend the meeting.  All presidential, treasurer and election results will be available for financial members in Jan. 2020.

For further questions please contact oeaq@oeaq.org.au.