Ngoolark Student Services, ECU Joondalup,
JCY Architects & Urban Designers, Photo: Peter Bennets

Continuing professional development (CPD) talks and events are a core component of the Western Australian Chapter's continuing professional development program. The series aims to present topics that are inspiring and tangible, providing knowledge that attendees can put into practice. 

Events that display a Refuel CPD badge are eligible for CPD points.    

Unless stated otherwise, prices as per below:
 A+ Member:          $35.00
 Member:    $45.00
 Graduate Member:    $40.00
 Non Member:    $85.00
 SONA Student Member:    $20.00


Tuesday 23 July
5pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start 
33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009 

Denmark is reducing its total number of hospitals and replacing them with 16 Super Hospitals, each with their own distinct design. The new builds have focused on flexible functions and solutions, which can be changed, expanded, or reduced depending on future demand for treatment and care. Additionally, the concept of "healing architecture" has been used in the development of the new hospitals. This relates to every aspect of the hospital’s physical design, from the design of single-bed wards, the use of daylight and lighting in all rooms, to straightforward way-finding, flexible functionalities for future development, and the design of the landscape and garden spaces around the hospitals.

Fred Holt, Architect and Partner from 3XN Architects, Australia will provide insights into the architectural design development of the New Children’s Hospital in Copenhagen. In this presentation, Fred will discuss how 3XN has worked with the healing qualities of architecture throughout the design process, considering factors from airflow to daylight while creating opportunities for play and creativity.

Come and hear more about the new hospital developments happening in Denmark.

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Monday 29 July
5.00pm Arrival fpr 5.30pm Start

33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009 WA

A culture with weak accountability is one where those who see problems say nothing. Our research shows when people see accountability as “someone else’s job” they waste time, resources, and morale—specifically, employees waste $1,500 and an eight-hour workday for every accountability discussion they avoid. These costs skyrocket when you consider that 95 percent of a company’s workforce struggles to hold their colleagues accountable.

Participants learn a step-by-step process for identifying and resolving performance gaps, strengthening accountability, eliminating inconsistency, and reducing resentment. Crucial Accountability provides greater flexibility to meet the demanding schedules and time restraints of busy teams and organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Start with a healthy motive so you address the right part of accountability problems
  • Describe the accountability gap in a way that sets the right tone for the rest of the conversation
  • Diagnose why the accountability gap exists
  • Jointly close the accountability gap without relying on power or harming the relationship.

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Monday 5 August
5.00pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009 WA

Join the Institute of Architects WA Chapter and the ACA for a presentation on Non-Conforming Products in the Built Environment.

Book early - limited seats available!
Refreshments will be provided

The panel discussion will cover the significant impacts of non-conforming products across the industry, what is being done and what more needs to be done.

Monday 5 August5.00pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start 33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009 WABook early - limited seats available!The panel discussion will cover the significant impacts of non-conforming products across the industry, what is being done and what more needs to be done.

As stated by the WA Government Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the risks and problems associated with non-conforming building products (including those relating to health, cost remediation, safety and legal issues) can consequently affect everyone and anyone in building and construction, including parties involved in designing and engineering, assessment and approvals, manufacturing or importing, buying and selling, building or occupying.

Craig Muir
, Service Line Leader for Architecture, Interiors and Landscape at GHDWoodhead
Craig is a Registered Architect with over 30 years of experience across the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Craig chairs GHD’s Cladding Advisory Group and is a member of the Consult Australia WA Committee and Non-Conforming Building Products working group. Craig also has contributed to Consult Australia’s submission to the Building Ministers of Australia, in response to the Shergold Weir report on the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems across the Australian construction industry.

Cos Cirocco, National Business Manager, Planned Cover
Cos is an Economics graduate and a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker (QPIB). He is also a Member of the Australian Insurance Law Association and has over 30 years of insurance experience. He is currently the National Business Manager of Planned Cover and Manager of the company’s SA/Tas client base and has been specialising in the provision of Professional Indemnity/Liability Insurance and Risk/Claims Management advice to Construction professionals for over 25 years.

James England, State Manager WA, Australian Steel Institute.
James has organised several campaigns to raise awareness of issues that affect the steel industry and broader construction industry in WA. The WA Job form WA Resources campaign raised awareness of the importance of maximising local content from resources projects and instigated the "Improving the Involvement of the WA Steel Industry Report" which provided much needed policy impetus. He is a member of the EA Structures Panel and holds qualifications in Commerce and Network systems.

Basil Georgiou will be our MC for the evening.

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Monday 26 August
5.00pm Arrival for 5.30pm Start
33 Broadway, Nedlands 6009 WA

People living with dementia are high users of acute healthcare services. They are admitted to hospital at approximately twice the rate of people of the same age who do not have dementia, and stay in hospital almost twice as long (as those without dementia). Not surprisingly, the average cost of hospital care for people living with dementia is almost 2.7 times more than for a person without dementia*. This is not a good situation for people living with dementia, or for hospitals.

We know that a well designed environment can have a big impact on the wellbeing of a person living with dementia. This presentation will look at the ways in which key design principles can be applied in acute settings, and identify areas for further action. It will also introduce the EAT-Acute - an assessment tool which is being developed specifically for use in acute settings based on key design principles.

Kirsty Bennett is currently a consulting architect and the Manager of Environmental Design Education Services at Dementia Training Australia, University of Wollongong. Kirsty is an architect who has pursued her commitment to improving the design of environments for people living with dementia through architectural practice, writing, research and speaking engagements. Kirsty’s architectural career has focussed on designing small scale residential environments for older people which are enabling and empowering. She has been responsible for the design, documentation and construction of many residential aged care facilities for people living with dementia in different parts of Australia.

Learning outcomes · Name ways an acute environment can disable a person living with dementia
· Identify areas in an acute environment that should be targeted for change
· Describe design responses that can support people living with dementia in acute settings
· Name 10 key design principles​
· ​Identify ways to apply key design principles in acute settings
· Describe benefits of applying principles

This seminar is worth 2 formal CPD point on completion of the seminar activities. 

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PALS 2019

Second round:

3 July

10 July

17 July

24 July

311 July

7 August

14 August


Visit the PALS website for more information and registration details.


ABWA Dates 2019: 

Round 1 – April/May 

Enrolment for Parts 1 & 2 run from Thursday, 7 February 2019 at 9.30am to Friday, 15 February 2019 at 4pm.

The Part 2 National Examination Paper will be held on Tuesday, 2 April 2019.

The Part 3 Examinations By Interview will be held the week commencing Monday, 20 May 2019.

Round 2 – August/October

Enrolment for Parts 1 & 2 run from Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 9.30am to Friday, 5 July 2019 at 4pm.

The Part 2 National Examination Paper will be held on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

The Part 3 Examinations By Interview will be held the week commencing Monday, 21 October 2019.