Program Manager, Logan Together QLD
Like most children of his generation, Hyahno spent most of his leisure time outside, therefore it came as no surprise to his family when he chose a career in Outdoor Education. For 10 years, Hyahno was involved in devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through world-class, outdoor education programs, using adventure and nature to teach children vital life-skills. Hyahno is passionate about nature play and believes the Nature Play program is a positive and practical way to ensure children participate in unstructured play in nature, delivering the myriad of benefits this type of play offers their physical and emotional health.
CEO Nature Play WA
Griffin Longley is the CEO of Nature Play WA, an inaugural Board Member of the WA Parks Foundation, an award-winning journalist, a former weekly columnist with The West Australian Newspaper, and the founder of a program for at risk kids in the Midland, Fremantle and Mandurah areas called Night Hoops.
In 2010 the WA Department of Sport and Recreation gave Griffin the task of building an incorporated association, Nature Play WA Inc. to promote the importance of unstructured play outside and in nature.
DR RACHAEL SHARMAN
Senior Lecturer and Psychology Researcher
Dr Rachael Sharman is a senior lecturer and researcher in psychology, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, specialising in child/adolescent development. Rachael's research is focused on the optimal and healthy development of the paediatric brain, and has covered the neuro/psychological impacts of: dietary practices of parents and their children; physical activity; obesity; sport participation; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; phenylketonuria; concussion and childhood trauma.