Key dates

2 October 2020
Call for presentations open

6 October 2020
Registration opens

16 October 2020
Call for presentations close

23 November 2020
Member included registration deadline

30 November 2020
Registrations close

1 - 3 December 2020
2020 StarRez APSAA Virtual Symposium

Available On-Demand Until
28 February 2021


Association Professionals

Conference Managers

PO Box 7345
Beaumaris VIC 3193
P: +61 3 9586 6055

Invited Speakers 

Dr Paul Gordon Brown 

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant, and speaker specializing in residential curriculum and curricular approaches to student learning outside the classroom. Paul has 20 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs, holding positions within residence life ranging from Resident Assistant to Dean of Students. Paul holds a PhD in Higher Education from Boston College and has taught in the Higher Education Programs at Boston College and Merrimack College. Paul currently serves as the Director of the Campus Experience for the residence life and education software company, Roompact. An experienced presenter, Paul has had accepted and given over 90 refereed presentations at international and regional conferences. Paul has also served as a faculty member for the Institute on the Curricular Approach for multiple years, was a faculty member for ACUHO-I’s Professional Standards Institute, and is a graduate of ACUHO-I’s National Housing Training Institute.

 Dr Josie Ahlquist

Dr. Josie Ahlquist is a digital engagement and leadership researcher, speaker, and author. She teaches teens, young adults, education professionals, and campus executives how to humanize technology tools and prioritize building online community. She also serves as a research associate and instructor at Florida State University, creating curriculum to build digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates up to doctorate level students. Her new book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education: Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World was listed as an Amazon #1 new release for college and university student life.

Dr Huu Kim Le 

Dr Huu Kim Le is an Adelaide based Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, specialising in video gaming addiction or “gaming disorder”. Dr Le provides a completely online telepsychiatry service CGI Clinic, that offers gaming disorder assessment and management plans to Australian patients up to the age of 25. In 2015, Dr Le was awarded a federal grant to investigate video gaming addiction clinics in Asian countries like Singapore, South Korea and Japan. This led to a TEDx Talk at Adelaide Town Hall in front of 600 people titled “The Spell of Digital Immersion”. Dr Le has been busy filming an interactive documentary “Are You Addicted to Technology?” for release in early 2021 via SBS on Demand.


Chris Whelan 

In his current role with Universities New Zealand, he works for and reports to the Vice-Chancellors of New Zealand’s eight universities. Universities New Zealand has statutory responsibilities for reviewing and approving all academic programmes offered in New Zealand universities and plays a strong coordination role across the university sector in areas such as growing international linkages. Chris represents the university sector in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, and engages extensively across Government at CEO, and Policy Director level to shape thinking and policy affecting the sector. Chris’ career has been broadly split between the New Zealand education sector and the public sector where he has held a range of roles with a focus on strategy, change management and planning. 

Sue Fergusson 

Sue joined Scape in October 2017 and holds the position of QLD State Operations Manager. Sue also sits on the board of Business South Bank, and acts as treasurer. Sue has 20+  years’ experience in the hospitality industry and 7 years’ experience in PBSA operations, operating large scale hotels, resorts and PBSA. Prior to joining Scape, Sue worked for Campus Living Villages managing their 1,334-bed site at University of Canberra and then opened Queen Mary Building and Abercrombie Student Accommodation, at University of Sydney.
Sue has received numerous customer service awards and holds several business qualifications in the hospitality sector.