Loretta is the Head of Community Engagement and Senior Lecturer in the First Year College at Victoria University.

She has been a Physical Education and Health specialist for 30 years since completing her Bachelor of Education (Physical Education). She was a Physical Education & Health secondary teacher for 8 years at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School with responsibilities as Sports Coordinator and Head of Department.

After family leave, Loretta worked at ACHPER as the Professional Development Coordinator, and at several Universities as a sessional staff member.

In 2007, she began working at Victoria University where she further developed and maintained an interest and passion for inclusion and inclusive practices within Physical Education. Loretta was the VU Physical Education Course Coordinator for several years overseeing a change in the Physical Education course to include many inclusive practices and implementing ‘hands on’ challenging activities for the VU students in areas of disability and inclusion through Practice Integrated Learning.

Loretta has a passion for teaching, research and a passion for inclusion and diversity. In her role as Head of Community Engagement she liaises with community, industry and schools to create a community of practice for the First Year College, the University and the community.

Professional memberships

  • Health, Physical Education Tertiary Alliance Victoria

Professional qualifications

  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant Swimming
  • AUSTSWIM Teacher of People with a Disability
  • AUSTSWIM Presenter
  • Lifesaving Victoria Trainer of First Aid/CPR
  • Senior First Aid.

Industry/teaching awards

  • 2006: Resusci Anne Innovative Aquatic Programming Award (Industry Award) for the Adapted Aquatics Program
  • 2008: Victoria University Faculty Teaching Award (Industry Award) - Group Award for the Creating a Sporting Chance Program
  • 2009: Kinect Australia Community Programming Award "" Group Award for the Creating a Sporting Chance Program.

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Oraisen,. B, Howe. S, Konjarski. L (2019) Does University prepare students for employment? Alignment between graduate capabilities, accreditation requirements and industry employability criteria Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability (Accepted)

Manathunga, C, D'Souza, I., Garner, R., Konjarski, L.,Dupont, A,. Jayaram, P.,Barber, Bhatti,Kim., Gavran,S., Shay, P., (2016) Professional doctorates as a space of resistance in neoliberal times: a symposium. AARE Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Hammond, A., Young, J.A., and Konjarski, L. (2015, accepted). Attitudes of Australian Swimming Coaches towards Inclusion of Swimmers with an Intellectual Disability: An Exploratory Analysis. International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching. 9(6).

Browne, A., Young, J. A., Konjarski. L, and Kiernan, S. (2015, accepted). Playing ‘hot shots’ tennis: A case study of inclusive practice. ACHPER International Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Browne, A., Young, J. A., Konjarski, L, and Kiernan, S. (2014). Adapted programs conducted by Victoria University: Support for sound teaching principles. Disability Studies in Education Conference 2014, Melbourne.

Book chapter contributions

Cameron, M,. Konjarski, L,. Chanhine, N. Case Studies in exercise as therapy for clients requiring special care (Chapter 17 pp, 238-248) Cameron, M., Selig, S., & Hemphill, D. (2011). Clinical Exercise: a case-based approach. Elsevier Australia.

Conference presentations

Konjarski, L (2019) Disability and Community Engagement - Low Vision and PE Inclusion for Impact Conference (DET)

Konjarski, L & Simpson, K (2016) Aquatics in the Primary School Victorian ACHPER Primary Physical Education Conference

Konjarski, L & Tessier, K (2014) A practical look at how the Australian curriculum for HPE can cater for all. Discovery Australian Physical, Health& Outdoor Education Conference

Young, J. A., Browne, A. Konjarski, L, & Kiernan, S. (2014). The social inclusive approach and Victoria University’s Adapted programs. Beijing Sports University. Beijing, China.

Konjarski, L (2011 & 2012) Inclusive Practice in Physical Education, Victorian ACHPER Conference

Konjarski, L (2010-2012) Aqua Ed Kit A resource produced for Victorian Schools & the DEECD

Supervision

Co-supervision of 2 Honours students

Research grants

2012 Playing for Life Research Project Australian Sports Commission $211,000 grant. Research team: Prof Damian Farrow (ISEAL/SES), Prof Remco Polman (ISEAL/SES), Dr Clare MacMahon (ISEAL Research Associate/School of SES), Dr Tony Watt (ISEAL Research Associate/School of Education), and Ms Loretta Konjarski (SES)

Appearance in the media

Konjarski, L O Sullivan, Grant (2017) Pushing the Edge Podcast – Teaching Physical Education in a More Inclusive Way .

Industry Experience

  • Professional Development Coordinator at Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
  • Secondary School Physical Education, Health and English teacher.

Areas of expertise

  • Community engagement
  • Aquatic education
  • Physical Education
  • inclusive physical education
  • disability sport and diversity and inclusion

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