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© 2019 by PD for Teachers

What is the Niseko Teachers Conference? 

The Niseko ​Teachers ​Conference is all about providing excellent professional development in incredible locations. As participants are utilising their holiday time to complete PD, we create a timetable which maximises PD hours, whilst also providing you the freedom to enjoy the idyllic setting.


Our event covers 20 PD hours and runs over a 5 day period (13th -17th Jan, 2020). Presenters and participants will meet and greet on the Monday evening at the welcome party. The following four evenings start at 4.30pm and consist of four 8 x 1hr presentations and 4 x 30 minute e-learning discussion sessions (see timetable below for further info). We welcome people to come to the sessions straight from the slopes and sessions conclude at 7:00pm, allowing participants to make their own dinner plans. To compliment these presentations we also provide access to exclusive e-learning which can be completed in your own time during the conference period. 


Why  Niseko?

Niseko is officially Japan’s #1 snow ​destination. It's located in the north island of Hokkaido and is less than 2hrs ​bus from Chitose Airport. Niseko is comprised of 4 linked ​mountains –Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An'nupuri and only requires a single lift pass. It is renowned for its consistency and quality of powder snow, averaging 15m+ each season!


Niseko is well set up for Western tourists with English speaking instructors, large gear rental options, child minding facilities, vibrant night life and a host of other non skiing related activities. There is something for everyone in Niseko!

Conference Venue: Hirafu 188

Located in Central Hirafu, Hirafu 188, is the premium event and space for the area. It is easily accessed straight from the slopes with no additional transport required. The conference rooms are located on the top floor and boast some of the best views in Niseko with uninterrupted views of Mt Yotei.



Conference delegates are welcome to select any accommodation option that best suits them. Niseko has a great range of options to suit most budgets. Check out our accommodation guide below for further details or contact groups@skijapan.com for a quote.

Registration Inclusions 

The registration fee of $740AU includes the following:

  • Fully catered welcome party (2 hours)

  • Entry to all 10 hours of face to face sessions (including light refreshments and finger food)

  • Access to e-learning portal (minimum of 10 hours of relevant PD content)

  • Certificate outlining course details for work/tax purposes

  • Entry to Closing party (minimum of 1 hour free flowing refreshments)


The general theme for the 2020 Niseko conference is “Health and Wellbeing”. We have worked hard to put together an incredible line up of presenters and the timetable can be viewed by clicking the link below. Further details on sessions and presenters can be found by clicking on the  "supporting material" button to the right of the timetable. 





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Presenter Profiles

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James Dimmock

Associate Professor, BSc BCom PhD W.Aust.

James received his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2004 and has worked as a 50/50 teaching researcher at the University of Western Australia since 2005.

With Dr Ben Jackson, James co-developed (and currently co-chairs) the 'Psychology of Active, Healthy Living' (PAHL) group in the School of Human Sciences. Research activity within PAHL is focused on the use of psychology theory to (a) advance our understanding of health behaviour, and (b) develop sustainable and effective health promotion interventions.

As co-chair of the PAHL group, James helps to oversee and/or undertake research on numerous community health initiatives, including the Mummy Buddy Program, Man v Fat soccer, the Growth and Resilience in Teachers (GRiT) program, Better Health, Sports Challenge Australia, the WA Drugh & Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS), the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) / Perth Children's Hospital Healthy Weight Service (PCHHWS), Thriving, and id-Do.

Gabrielle Calleja

200Hr YTT, Power Living Australia

Clinical Nurse, BN, Post Graduate Infection Prevention

Gabrielle’s passion for yoga began ten years ago, and like many started with a love of the physical ‘asana’ training. With a career in nursing she has always valued the importance of physical health. Yet it was through dedicated practice that she discovered yoga’s true power in transforming the mind.


Gabrielle’s journey into yoga lead her on the path to completing her Teacher Training to learn the traditional teachings and origins of yogic wisdom as a physical, philosophical and spiritual practice.


With rising mental health issues and behavioural challenges, and an overall growing focus on wellbeing in schools, introducing yoga to students and teachers has been shown to benefit both in and out of the classroom by building strong bodies, fostering equanimity and challenging belief systems. 


Gabrielle hopes that sharing the fundamental principles of modern yoga in the early learning environment will provide the foundation for continued personal growth for students and staff.

Sarah Yip

CEO of KEASE International & ’Future of leadership. Keynote speaker & Influencer.  www.kease.com.au

Sarah Yip is leading the path in future-proofing leadership for the digital-age. Sarah is well-respected by C-Suite & Executive leaders as well as leaders in the digital & technology space. She works collaboratively to ensure that strategies that put the enhancement leadership capability for the digital age on the agenda.


Sarah is highly sought after for her keynotes, consultancy & facilitation throughout Australia and SE Asia. She is well respected on an international level as a subject matter expert in Applied Emotional Intelligence, Mindful Leadership and Applied positive psychology in the workplace. Her transformational leadership programs have been sought after by ASX200 listed companies, government departments and elite sporting codes including AFL Queensland.


Sarah is an advocate for inclusion and is the founder and president of ‘BiAS”- a not-for-profit sporting and community initiative for children on the Autism spectrum.

Joanna Nicholas

Teaching, Faculty of Science, School of Human Sciences

Postgraduate Scholar at UWA (Psychology of Active, Healthy Living Group) and Research Associate at Curtin University’s Physical Activity and Well-being Lab (PAW Lab).


Joanna's research interests include understanding motivation and behaviour in different settings, particularly the influence of instructional and environmental characteristics on motivation, performance, and adherence.


Joanna enjoys combining her education and fitness industry background to provide energetic hands-on presentations.

David Kobler

CEO YourChoicez: www.yourchoicez.com.au
Bach. of Theology

After years of working with young people, David noticed a common struggle amongst teens in the area of sex, dating and relationships. With an extensive background in youth work, youth communication and leadership, David and his wife Katie, began to dream of a programme which could reach teenagers across Australia at this time of need. YOURCHOICEZ was born.

David and Katie continue to develop their passion and experience by delivering seminars to high school students, parents and teachers around topics which really matter for teenagers. Topics such as sex, pornography, relationships, eating disorders and self-harm can often be quite difficult to approach as an educator. Despite the difficulties with this, there is often a deep understanding of how these issues can affect a young person to the core of who they are.

Our hope is that through these staff sessions we would provide you with the research, information, and tools you need around these topics, and explore the key role you can play in bringing students through this often-difficult stage of their life.

After reaching over 150,000 through presenting, teachers and parents will leave encouraged and inspired, while students will leave empowered, not only to just survive the teen years but to flourish in what could possibly be the greatest years of their lives.