The recent Heart Foundation’s “Blueprint for an Active Australia” presents an irrefutable and urgent case for change to address the community’s wide problem of physical inactivity.  Heart disease remains Australia’s leading cause of death, with one occurring every 28 minutes. As a society, we appreciate that sedentary lifestyles contribute to the burden of disease and physical activity can significantly reduce that burden.

The Australian National Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend that adults should accumulate 150-300 minutes of moderate or 75-100 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week.  For children this should be one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity to meet guidelines. Unfortunately, Australia is not meeting these guidelines, with nearly 60% of adults, 80% of children and young people and 75% of seniors not active enough for good heart health according to the Heart Foundations Blueprint.

Many Australians may be surprised to hear that Australia is not the “sporting and active” nation that the rest of the globe thinks.  This is reflected with Sport Australia’s Sport 2030 Plan that aspires to be the world’s most active and healthy nation by 2030.

Sport Australia appreciate that they cannot achieve this themselves and that all of the industry sector and key stakeholders need to collaborate to focus priorities and resources.

This year’s National Sports Convention individual Plenary Sessions are providing global speakers and local case studies to address how collectively our industry can make a difference.  The National Sports Convention and Sport Australia are keen to appreciate what the delegates thoughts are on how a collective systems approach can work for everyone. Wednesday’s Plenary Session 4 focuses on Reimagining Sport with a Collective Systems Approach to achieving Sport 2030.

What Does a System Approach Mean and What Does it Entail? 

Collectively tackling one of our generations biggest challenges can only be achieved if like-minded organisations with shared ambitions and vision can openly work together to identify roadblocks, explore new opportunities and co-design solutions. All this needs to be supported and encouraged by innovative processes and systems thinking, to create policy, integrated resourcing and agreed priorities. This Plenary will share new approaches that could bring the diverse sector together to find solutions to our generational challenge. 

Sessions include:

Creating human-centred sport systems from strategy to experiences – Adrian Tobin, Founder Kinlab

The transformational journey to inspire Singaporeans to adopt a healthy lifestyle from a preventative approach through sports, from changing mindsets of staff to operating structures to introducing creative initiatives – Oon Jin Teik, Former CEO – Singapore Sport and Singapore Sports Hub

Sport New Zealand’s vision and game plan for encouraging the broadest sectors to be involved is now five years in, what can be learnt from the ground Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive Officer – Sport New Zealand

Uniting the movement for an active nation – ukactive started as an industry membership association and now it is a campaigning force for physical activity in the broadest sense; what changed and how did they change the industry’s perception of them – what can we learn for Australia. Steven Ward, former Chief Executive Officer – ukactive (2015-2019), Chief Transformation Officer – GoFit

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