2018 Women's Conference - Press for Progress (TUT)

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Start:  Thursday 8 November 2018 - 8.15am

Finish: Thursday 8 November 2018 - 3.30pm

New Premises:  SSTUWA building, 1 West Street, West Perth WA 6005 (off Thomas Street)


About the course

We invite women members to join us to come together to network, learn, explore, and be inspired to continue to press for progress in their professional, personal, and industrial lives. We are privileged to welcome Dr Susan Gordon as the opening keynote speaker.  Gabbie Stroud is our special guest speaker and author of recently released Teacher: One Women’s Struggle to Keep the Heart in Teaching. Gabbie will also provide a small group conversation in our breakout workshop session. Dr Ros Worthington will conclude the conference as our afternoon speaker.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Susan Gordon AM
(Hon. DLitt) WA

Born at Bele Station near Meekatharra, Susan Gordon was separated from her mother and family at the age of four and raised at Sister Kate’s home in Queens Park. Susan’s work has achieved many ‘firsts’ including WA’s first aboriginal magistrate.  Susan was a recipient of an Order of Australia in 1993. Hear Susan’s personal story of resilience and achievements.  Susan’s story is driven by her passion to press for progress and to make things better for her people and their future.

Guest Speaker: Gabbie Stroud
Writer and Recovering Teacher

In 2014 Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience. Months later she resigned in frustration and despair when she realised that the NAPLAN test education model was stopping her from doing the very thing she was best at: teaching children according to their needs and talents. Hear Gabbie’s story and how she continues to work and fight for quality education in Australia.

Guest Speaker: Dr Ros Worthington

Dr Ros Worthington was born in Collie and is living proof that your start in life does not need to dictate the path of your journey or its conclusion.  By turning pain into action, Ros has been a driving force behind many well-known charities including “Make-A-Wish Foundation WA”, “Lifeline” and “Breast Cancer Care WA”. Her work has been acknowledged by a number of awards and accolades such as; Order of Australia Medal, being inducted into the Inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame and 2015 West Australian of the Year for Community Services.

Conference Workshops

  • What’s New in the 2017 General Agreement for Schools and TAFE
  • Sexual Harassment: Know where the line is.
  • Getting into the Action: What will you do to press for progress?
  • Understanding Angry Emotions.
  • Up Close and Personal with Gabbie Stroud - Recovering Teacher.


$ 110 : Members Only Conference


Breakfast, Morning tea and lunch provided.

On request, we are able to supply a vegetarian or gluten free option. Please advise prior to the event. training@sstuwa.org.au


Cherry Bogunovich
ETC Education Officer

Nominated Audience

SSTUWA women members

Trade union training leave

Members in schools and TAFE colleges are eligible for five days of paid leave per year to attend trade union training (TUT).

To comply with TUT leave requirements applicants must:

  • Submit applications to DoE/principal four weeks prior to the event.
  • Provide DoE/principal with a printed copy of the course program attached to this form.
  • Be nominated by the SSTUWA. See “nominated audience” on the attached course program.

This leave provision covers teacher relief for members attending SSTUWA TUT courses.

For school administration
When processing TUT leave applications:

  • Indicate the leave is “Miscellaneous Paid Leave” when completing an application for leave form.
  • “Trade Union Training - project code 1471” should be written under leave type.

Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia

This training relates to the following standards:
Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community