Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cairn’s tropical rainforest, the OEAQ “Think Outside: No box required” conference is specifically designed to promote the professional development and engagement of Outdoor Education Professionals working in schools, centres and community organisations throughout Queensland and Australia.Side

Many of us spend countless weeks each year empowering, educating, developing skills and knowledge of young people across the country.  Come along take part in sharing your knowledge, inspiring and growing our profession!  Listen to ideas, research or knowledge through a 45min and 1.5hr conference sessions.

 Keynote Presentations

Dr. Ian  Boyle - 
Neuroscience and Outdoor Education: How can the latest in brain research inform our practice?

Neuroplasticity, refers to the brain’s ability to change —better or worse—throughout life. The brain responds to circumstances, to new learning and increased physical fitness. In this session, Ian will explore how recent research into neuroplasticity has opened a whole new field of brain health and how outdoor education is positioned to capitalise on this new research.

Ian will highlight: new programming ideas, opportunities for facilitating at the edge to promote new positive neural pathways, fresh marketing opportunities to promote outdoor-ed as part of the “brain training revolution”, Outdoors for the aging, and wilderness as a healing place for those suffering stress and other psychological disorders such as depression.

Chirs Hudson - Connecting With 21st Century Teenagers

A keynote presentation focused on equipping professionals to effectively engage with the current and future generations of Australian teenagers. By exploring how key aspects of adolescent development and modern social trends shape the way teenagers view themselves and the world, this presentation provides educators with practical strategies and ideas for interpreting teenager behaviour, improving communication, and increasing engagement with today’s teenagers.


Paul Hockey - Courage

Paul’s story is a harrowing and ultimately life-affirming tale of determination and persistence. It’s about letting nothing stop you from achieving your goals.  Born with cancer in his right arm and absolutely no climbing experience whatsoever, Paul Hockey set his sights on climbing to the top of the world.  During his preparation in New Zealand, he trained with some of the best, and the following year decided to go to South America where he climbed the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere – Mount Aconcagua. The mountain was almost 7,000 metres high and took about three weeks and Paul was able to complete it without using oxygen. The following year, he trained at home, carrying 25 kg of books along mountain roads every second day. Everest was waiting.

For more information on presentations, including concurrent session content, check out program attached below.

Any queries: Please contact the OEAQ Conference Committee


Phone: 0459 335 506


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