We’re delighted to have an outstanding selection of invited speakers joining us at TPC 2020 held in Launceston. More speakers will be announced as planning proceeds!

Keynote Speakers

Rob Edwards
Live Well

‘It’s All About You’

Rob Edwards, has a Bachelor of Science with majors in Anatomy & Physiology.

He has been a company director for 20 years in the health and well-being industry where he designed and delivered staff development programs for hundreds organizations.

Prior to that he worked for five years in a cardiac rehabilitation program where he wrote the internationally distributed book “Better Blood Pressure”.
He has diverse experience working with people at all levels of business, cardiac patients, young offenders, elite athletes and remote island communities.

Rob founded Its Time Foundation that installs solar power in remote Pacific island schools so, those kids can have a modern education. He also founded the Plastic Free Oceans platform.

Rob’s focus is simply to encourage people to take a brief time out in their busy lives to consider their most important asset – themselves. And to get you thinking about sustainable actions that you can do so you have a long and high quality life.

We can’t look after other people unless we look after ourselves first. That’s why the session is called “It’s All About You”.

Dan Haesler
Cut Through Coaching & Consulting

‘How to Create the Conditions for Your Team to Thrive’ – Keynote & Workshop
This keynote looks at what leaders can influence within their schools in order to create the environment for their staff to thrive. Exploring concepts like emotional intelligence, the impact of pressure and the theories of positive psychology and self determination, leaders will be empowered with thinking and strategies to lead for happier, healthier & higher performance

As a Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consulting, Dan Haesler works with corporate leaders, elite athletes & teams as well as educators.

He is an international keynote speaker and regularly presents alongside industry leaders as well as the occasional Olympian and Oscar Winner. A couple of times he has presented alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His first book, #SchoolOfThought is available now with every cent going to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to help get books and reading programs to some of our hardest-to-reach communities. You can buy your copy here or anywhere you buy books.

You can also listen to his podcast – The Habits of Leadership.

Kristen Douglas
headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation)

‘Transforming wellbeing & engagement from the top’ – Keynote Presentation
Exploring 2020 practices and strategies that promote and sustain wellbeing as well as assist contemporary school leaders to rebalance, recharge, recalibrate, and restore to good function after complex experiences and events

Kristen Douglas is the Head of headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation) Schools. She is a highly respected and sought presenter nationally and internationally on the topics of youth mental health and wellbeing, suicide prevention and postvention, school improvement strategies, Principal, School Staff self-care and wellbeing.

Kristen has significantly contributed to the synergy between education and youth mental health, combining her experience as an educator and principal, with her passion and experience in education and mental health and wellbeing, from government policy to leading national reform initiatives. Kristen has also lead headspace School Support (suicide postvention support for Australian schools), a service that has contributed to the national and international evidence best practice in working with suicide in school communities.

As head of headspace Schools, Kristen continues to lead a multi-disciplinary national team of mental health and education consultants to support primary and secondary schools across Australia to support mental health and wellbeing from promotion, prevention, early intervention to postvention.

headspace Schools works across Australia with school staff, school communities, school leaders, and education sectors to enhance and strengthen mental health literacy, self-care, resilience, and help seeking. headspace (along with Early Childhood Australia) are key delivery partners to beyondblue’s Be You national initiative.

headspace also works in the critical area of Principal and school leader mental health and wellbeing. headspace is contributing to a national ground swell of conversations and strategies to ensure that education staff take care of their own mental health and prioritise their wellbeing.

Kurt Fearnley

Keynote Presentation – more details to come

Kurt Fearnley AO is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist with a can-do attitude that makes the impossible possible. At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, he won gold and silver medals and was chosen as Australian Flag Bearer for the Closing Ceremony. Kurt’s determination and never-say-die attitude have rewarded him with the highest accolades in disability sport.

Kurt is also active in advocacy work. He has been an ambassador for the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, was a 2010 International Day of People with Disability Ambassador and has contributed to the debate surrounding funding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In June 2018, Kurt Fearnley was given the Honour of being named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

A gifted keynote speaker, Kurt’s infectious energy and passion for life inspires and motivates audiences across age groups and industries.

Robyn Moore

Keynote Presentation & Workshop – more details to come

Robyn Moore is regarded as one of Australia’s best and most in-demand speakers.  For over 40 years she has been working in Education, Advertising and the Communication/Entertainment Industry. She has unique skills with “the Power of the Word” and her entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking presentations totally captivate her audiences at national and international conferences. Robyn literally “sells people back to themselves” so they recognise old habits and behaviours and take responsibility for choices, which create the outcomes they want in their lives both personally and professionally. Robyn’s presentations are quite often literally described as… “life changing”.