COVID - Ventilation & HSC Webinar

– Thursday 4 November 2021

P&C Federation is hosting two webinars on COVID-safe return to school. The first webinar will answer questions about ventilation and features speakers from the Department of Education. The second webinar will focus on the HSC featuring speakers from the Department of Education, NESA, UAC, UNSW, and TAFE. The priority is to ensure a COVID-safe return to school for all students and staff during what has been a very challenging time as well as provide information to HSC students, parents and carers.

Ventilation
The following panel from the Department of Education will be available to answer your questions:

  • Ruth Owen – Deputy Secretary, Learning, Learning Improvement
  • Murat Dizdar – Deputy Secretary, School Performance South
  • Anthony Manning – CEO, SINSW
  • Kathy Dempsey – Advisor, NSW Health
  • Chris Arkins – Director, Steensen Varming

Facilitator: Natalie Walker, P&C Federation President

HSC
The second panel will include:

  • Murat Dizdar – Deputy Secretary, School Performance South, DoE
  • Paul Martin – CEO NESA
  • Kim Paino – General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC
  • Chris Lewis – Head of Future Student Recruitment, UNSW
  • Paul Wood – A/Executive Director, COVID Taskforce
  • Maureen Chapman – Project Manager, Education Planning Service Delivery team, TAFE NSW

Facilitator: Natalie Walker, P&C Federation President

Responses from NSW Department of Education to questions raised but not answered

Ruth Owen

Deputy Secretary, Learning Improvement & Education COVID-19 Taskforce

In her role as Deputy Secretary, Learning Improvement & Education COVID-19 Taskforce, Ruth is responsible for driving development and delivery of evidence based programs and initiatives to improve educational standards, quality of teaching and learning, and creating a student focused, inclusive education system. Ruth also is responsible for the regulation of early years childhood education and care. Since June, Ruth has also been leading the Department’s COVID taskforce, enabling all students to learn from home and planning the subsequent safe return to school.
Ruth has spent more than 30 years leading service delivery and reform in the UK government, primarily in welfare and employment services. She was also the Head of Profession for operational delivery across the UK civil service, leading professional development and learning for all colleagues in front line customer facing roles (around 280,000 people).After moving to Australia four years ago, Ruth led the Human Services team in consulting firm EY across Australia and NZ, advising government clients across Commonwealth and states/territories on how to deliver and embed their reform objectives in child protection, disability, welfare, and social housing. She joined DoE in January 2021.

Anthony Manning

Chief Executive, School Infrastructure NSW

As Chief Executive for School Infrastructure NSW (SINSW), Anthony is responsible for the State’s first school delivery-focused unit.
Over the past four years, SINSW has been at the forefront of the NSW Government’s response to unprecedented population growth in NSW, investing more than $7.9 billion to continue its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools, supporting communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.
Anthony has overseen SINSW’s development of innovative strategies to accelerate delivery of much-needed school infrastructure in areas of high growth, while providing effective learning spaces to support contemporary teaching approaches. This has included increased uptake of modern construction methods that save time and improve quality.
As well as new infrastructure, SINSW is delivering a $600 million COVID-19 stimulus package, with a focus on rural and regional schools to support the post-COVID economy. This investment will support thousands of jobs in metro, regional and rural communities and see new tenders released across multiple disciplines.
SINSW oversees a comprehensive school maintenance and minor works program that keeps NSW’s 2,000+ public schools in top condition, as well as the Cooler Classrooms program to provide air conditioning to schools. Through community-focused programs like Share Our Space, SINSW is leading efforts to place schools at the heart of local communities.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive at SINSW, Anthony played a key role in Health Infrastructure NSW’s executive team, growing the highly successful enterprise to reform and deliver a similar long-term social infrastructure program.

Kathy Dempsey

NSW Chief ICP & HAI Advisor, NSW Health

Kathy is a registered nurse with 37years experience clinically, 22years of frontline Infection Prevention and Control and 3 years leading NSW Infection Prevention and Control and Healthcare Associated Infection program. Kathy also has 21 years’ experience navigating the health system with a chronically and acutely unwell child, through immune deficiency, cancer, and a bone marrow transplant. Kathy is a nationally and internationally respected Infection prevention and control expert. The NSW lead Infection prevention and control clinician for NSW Health Clinical Excellence Commission; responsible for the strategic direction and support for Infection Prevention and Control and HAI (Healthcare Associated Infection) reduction across NSW Healthcare. Kathy is the NSW IPC lead and has key responsibility for IPC for NSW COVID response and is the first NSW Chief ICP and HAI advisor. Kathy has provided consultation to state, national and international IPAC guidance throughout the pandemic, front line IPC support and direction for health and other industry, instrumental in the control of outbreaks in aged care and others and also has contributed to many high level national and interjurisdictional reviews. Kathy is an expert on the national IPC evidence taskforce and Infection Control Expert group advising AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principle Committee)

Kathy holds the award of Credentialled Infection Control Professional – Expert (CICP-E) with a master’s degree, a diploma in leadership and management, a range of internationally recognized certifications and a current future leaders of healthcare DrPH candidate. She is considered a leader in the field of Infection Prevention and Control. Kathy is a director on the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) Board and chair of ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee

Kathy has extensive and broad expertise and lived experience in Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Practice, spanning across healthcare and non-healthcare environments, with particular experience in biocontainment and outbreak management. She possesses high level analytical and research skills to inform policy and program development for Infection Prevention and Control.

Kim Paino

General Manager, Marketing & Engagement

Kim Paino is the General Manager of Marketing and Engagement at the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and looks after all aspects of helping Year 12s to navigate their way from school to accepting a place at university.

Chris Lewis

Head of Future Student Recruitment, UNSW

Leading UNSW’s Future Student Recruitment team, Chris has spent many years working with High Schools to enable them to better understand University offerings and opportunities available to their students. Chris is particularly passionate about demystifying access to University and assisting students to make better, more informed choices based on their own interests and passions. Chris is fortunate to lead a large team of enthusiastic recruiters along with UNSW’s flagship student ambassador program. He applies energy, enthusiasm and a conceptual mindset to problem solving with a particular focus on ensuring the voice of the audience (our future students) is heard in strategic decision making. As a side hobby Chris is slowly chipping away at a PhD, looking at the ways in which the employability of University graduates is best understood across a range of audiences.

Dr. Paul Wood

A/Executive Director, COVID Taskforce

Paul is the Executive Director, COVID19 Taskforce. Paul has been a teacher, a principal of three schools and a system leader of educational programs at a state-wide level.  Paul is passionately committed to improving the learning outcomes of all students and a focus on educational leadership, student equity and inclusion and the use of evidence informed practice. Paul leads the state-wide small group tuition program to boost the learning of students most impacted by the challenges of 2020. Paul was recently awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours list in 2021 for his leadership of the state-wide curriculum support for schools through the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul has a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Sydney.

Murat Dizdar

Deputy Secretary, School Performance – South

Murat Dizdar PSM, Deputy Secretary, School Performance – South, is a senior leader of the NSW Department of Education who oversees the provision of a quality public education for students in over 2,200 schools.Murat co-leads the School Performance division that provides support to 80,000 teachers and school leaders to deliver a high-quality education for over 820,000 students. The School Performance division consists of teams that are responsible for school planning, ongoing self-assessment and external validation, annual reporting and policy implementation. School Performance also oversees strategic partnerships in the arts, sport, high performing students, community languages and International students. Murat also presides over the Connected Communities directorate that strengthens the educational outcomes for Aboriginal students.Murat’s career with the NSW Department of Education began as a social sciences teacher at Ashcroft High School. He has experience in a range of school leadership roles including being senior principal of Belmore and Punchbowl Boys High School.Murat holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Humanities) majoring in Economics and Geography from the University of Sydney, and recently undertook the Leadership for the 21st Century course at Harvard Kennedy School.Ruth has spent more than 30 years leading service delivery and reform in the UK government, primarily in welfare and employment services. She was also the Head of Profession for operational delivery across the UK civil service, leading professional development and learning for all colleagues in front line customer facing roles (around 280,000 people).After moving to Australia four years ago, Ruth led the Human Services team in consulting firm EY across Australia and NZ, advising government clients across Commonwealth and states/territories on how to deliver and embed their reform objectives in child protection, disability, welfare, and social housing. She joined DoE in January 2021.

Chris Arkins

Director Steensen Varming

Chris is a Director of Steensen Varming, who enjoys the demands that accompany his role in developing and coordinating the delivery of specialist low energy and sustainable design services across their global studios.

He has a driving passion for sustainable low energy design and introduces innovative solutions that provide the functionality and technical detail that complement some of the best award winning architecture both in Australia and abroad.

During his career he has had the privilege of working on many significant projects which include; Sydney Opera House, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Modern, UWS EucFACE climate change project, SINSW Cooler Schools, UTS Central, Westmead CASB hospital, Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation.

Chris is a member of the Education Committee for the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators (IAMFA) and has presented at the IAMFA Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, Ottawa and Melbourne conferences.

Chris manages the regional operations for both Sydney and Hong Kong studios and leads and coordinates Steensen Varming’s commitment to sustainable design and is a strong advocate to the company’s ethos of delivering designs that are intelligent, valuable and elegant.

Chris lectures at the University of Sydney, University of NSW and University of Technology Sydney and is a mentor and partner of the Sydney Opera House MADE (Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange) program.

Paul Martin

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Martin is the Chief Executive Officer of NESA. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2019, Paul was the Executive Director, Quality Teaching at NESA and before that the Manager of Professional Learning and Initial Teacher Education at the former NSW Institute of Teachers (NSWIT). Paul played a key role in the implementation of the NSW Government’s Great Teaching, Inspired Learning initiative with both NESA and the NSWIT and has been a policy advisor for NSW and Australian Governments. Paul was previously an English History Teacher.

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