The status of ICHPER-SD Oceania region: A critique and challenge for executing the duties and responsibilities as stipulated in the by laws and operating codes.
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As a member of ICHPER-SD since 2006 (#6672), I attended (and presented) at the 1st and only Regional ICHPER-SD Oceania Congress (Wellington, 2006), the 53rd ICHPER-SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition (Cairo, 2011) and the 55th ICHPER-SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition (Istanbul, 2013). It was during the 55th ICHPER-SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition in Istanbul that I decided the time had come for me to serve the ICHPER-SD mission in an official capacity within Oceania. This led to discussions with the ICHPER-SD President, Dr. Adel ELNASHAR and the ICHPER-SD Honorary & Immediate Past President, Professor Dong-Ja YANG. Influenced and guided by the service of the ICHPER-SD Executive Committee under the highly distinguished leadership of the President and Honorary President, I become an ICHPER-SD Life member. Subsequently, I applied for the ICHPER-SD Vice-Presidency (Oceania) and with full endorsement of the Executive Committee was appointed in January, 2014. It is truly an honour to be elected the Vice-President of ICHPER-SD (Oceania) and to follow the Vice President (Oceania) leaders who precede me. Some of the whom include; Dr. Peter CHEN (2009-2013), Dr. James SKINNER (2006-2008) and Dr. Elaine MURPHY; who was also the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (ACHPER) National President (1988-1993). Just as the people who served the mission before me, I also bring unique experiences gained within Australia and internationally. I have been involved in primary (and early years), secondary and higher education for 20 years: 15 years teaching experience as a classroom teacher, Head teacher (Key Stage One and Foundation Stage at Dukhan English School, Qatar) and Health and Physical Education specialist across various school communities, education systems and institutions. In 2010 I returned from Qatar to the University of Canberra (Australia) to work full-time in higher education, as an Assistant Professor (Teaching and Research) and Course Convenor for the under-graduate Bachelor of Education in Secondary Teaching (Health and Physical Education) degree. In 2011 I was invited to join Australia’s largest university and highly ranked Faculty of Education (2014 QS World Rankings – 6th in the world) - Monash University) as an academic in Health and Physical Education (K-12) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdZJKYXK2us
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