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Loretta Konjarski

BEd Physical Education (Rusden), GradCert Tertiary Ed, MEd (VicMelb)

Lecturer, College of Sport & Exercise Science

Loretta is the Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science (new course) and the Bachelor of Sport Science – Physical Education (teach out course) course coordinator. Loretta began her career as a Physical Education teacher at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School where she held the positions of Head of Sport and Physical Education Coordinator.

She has a passion for physical education, adapted physical education (in particular adapted aquatics), health education and aquatic education. Loretta also has a great passion for teaching and learning and has developed an excellent aquatics program where the VU students teach "learn to swim and water safety" to students from the local Western English Language School, as part of the Aquatics Unit. This is a wonderful partnership between two organisations where both sets of students gain valuable skills and knowledge.

Loretta’s research will focus on how PE student attitudes change after participating in a learning environment where they are working with people from diverse backgrounds in a controlled inclusive physical activity setting.

Professional affiliations

  • ACHPER (Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Health)
  • ARV (Aquatics and Recreation Victoria)
  • LSV (Lifesaving Victoria) Service member
  • ASCTA (Australian Swim Teachers and Coaches Association)

Teaching responsibilities

  • SPE1105 Aquatics & Athletic Movement Activities
  • SHE2001 Adolescent Health
  • AHE3219 Adapted Physical Education
  • SPE3005 Perspectives on Physical Education

Coordination

Loretta is the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science (new course) and the Bachelor of Sport Science – Physical Education (teach out course).

Unit Coordinator for:

  • SPE1105 Aquatics & Athletic Movement Activities
  • SHE2001 Adolescent Health
  • AHE3219 Adapted Physical Education
  • SPE3005 Perspectives on Physical Education

Professional membership

  • Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
  • ACHPER Heads of Programs (Physical Education) Group
  • Health, Physical Education Tertiary Alliance of Victoria (HPETAV)
  • Aquatics and Recreation Victoria
  • Lifesaving 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

Recent publications

Hammond, A., Young, J. and Konjarski, L. (2014) Attitudes of Australian swimming coaches towards inclusion of swimmers with an intellectual disability: An exploratory analysis. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9 (6).

Konjarski, Loretta (2012) Inclusive Practice in Physical Education, Victorian ACHPER Conference

Konjarski, Loretta (2011) Inclusive Practice in Physical Education, Victorian ACHPER Conference

Konjarski, Loretta (2010-2012) Aqua Ed Kit "" A resource produced for Victorian Schools & the DEECD (published on the FUSE website February 2010-2012)

Konjarski, Loretta (2009) What schools really want!, Aquasummit State Aquatic Industry Conference and ACHPER Victoria Years 7-10 Conference

View Loretta's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5411
+61 3 9919 4891