Community Engagement and Resource Coordinator, Nature Play QLD
Miranda’s fondest childhood memories are all of outside experiences camping, bushwalking or just mucking about in the garden with the neighbours. Curious about all things, Miranda’s passion for helping others to make a positive impact has led her to work in the performing arts, for government and environment organisations, as a teacher and as a School Guidance Officer. Now at Nature Play, Miranda looks for ways to collaborate and connect with others so that all children can experience the joys and reap the benefits of outdoor play.
PROF. SHARON GOLDFELD
Deputy Director, Centre for Community Child Health
Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and Deputy Director, Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) the Royal Children’s Hospital and Co-Group leader of Child Health Policy and Equity at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program is made up of complementary, synergistic and cross-disciplinary streams of work focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children. As an experienced policymaker, public health and paediatric researcher she aims to ensure ongoing effective, rapid translation of research into the policy and service arena.
Leadership Development consultant and Author
Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He is also the founder of Embercombe, a social enterprise located in the UK that seeks to inspire people from all sections of society to take action for a world that works for all.
Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
DR. BRUCE HURST
Education Consultant, Researcher and Lecturer
Bruce is an education consultant, and researcher and lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He has worked for 25 years in and with Outside School Hours Care programs, and is one of the few academic researchers who specialises in these important settings for school-age children. Bruce’s research has provided new ways of understanding the experiences of older primary children in Outside School Hours Care. He has a deep commitment to children’s rights to speak, be heard and have excellence in their play and leisure settings. His work draws on participatory research methods, and postmodern theories of power and knowledge to provoke childhood professionals to re-think how they think about, and work with children. Bruce presents in a way that makes complex ideas accessible. In 2014, he won the Freda Cohen Prize for his research work. Bruce is the current Deputy Chair of the Community Child Care Association.
ROBYN MONRO MILLER
President, International Play Association
Robyn is a former child with 48 years experience in the world of play. The highlight of her play career being the building of unsafe structures in trees and spying on her neighbours.
In her adult life she has resorted to working in the field of school age care to reclaim some of the magic of those early years but has over 30 years experience working across the community in locale. With qualifications in education, children’s services, community management, and training and workplace assessment she is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and seminars across Australia and internationally as well as a spokesperson on children's issues in the National media.