The Nature Play SA Conference is on Kaurna Country and we will be welcomed by Uncle Tamaru.


The official opening will be undertaken by the Honourable Blair Boyer, Minister for Education, Training and Skills in South Australia.




Tim Gill (UK)


Tim Gill is a global advocate for children’s outdoor play and mobility, and an independent scholar, writer, and consultant based in London. He is the author of Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities (RIBA Publications) and No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society (described in the New York Times as “a handbook for the movement for freer, riskier play”).


A UK Design Council Ambassador and Churchill Fellow, Tim holds degrees in philosophy and psychology from Oxford and London Universities, and an honorary doctorate in education from Edge Hill University.


Tim’s keynote explores latest research around the value of ‘risky play’ for children’s learning, well-being, and growth. In addition Tim is delivering a breakout session on Risk Benefit Assessment in children’s playspace.


Madhavi Nawana Parker (Aus)


Madhavi Nawana Parker Director of Positive Minds Australia, is one of Australia’s leading experts on Mental Health and Wellbeing. Her evidence-based programs are implemented throughout Australia and overseas, providing over two decades of contribution to her field, positively impacting thousands of young, disconnected and vulnerable young people.


As a widely published Author, Madhavi’s expertise is highly sought after by Schools, Allied Health Care Organisations and the Corporate Sector. Madhavi contributes regularly to Parenting and Education magazines, is an enthusiastic Podcast and Radio guest and advises on topics including Mental Health and Wellbeing, Parenting, and Education.


Madhavi brings her studies in Psychology, Counselling and over two decades of professional work in schools and organisations, to lead Positive Minds Australia in their commitment to improve connection, compassion, empathy and wellbeing for all.


Madhavi’s keynote explores ways to nourish and improve happiness and wellbeing in students, through nature, conversation, and healthy risk taking. In addition, Madhavi is delivering a breakout session on teacher wellbeing and happiness focused on how to be at your best, even when you’re not feeling your best.




Our breakout speakers are from a diverse range of industries spanning across wellbeing, childhood development, nature pedagogy, early years, inclusive design, Aboriginal culture, play therapy, occupational therapy, and many others. Themes covered include creating conditions for learner agency to thrive, wellbeing programs, inclusive spaces, nature pedagogy, integrating Aboriginal culture into education and wellbeing, loose parts play, creating risky spaces, and truly viewing children as capable and competent.