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Associate Professor Trevor Cullen

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6354, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3.225
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6354  
Facsimile: (61 8)  9370 6668  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3.225  


Trevor is Associate Professor of Journalism in the School of Communications and Arts at the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Current Teaching

  • JOU2111 - Introduction to Journalism
  • JOU3113 - Health Journalism
  • JOU2103 - Media Law and Ethics
  • JOU3110 - Freelance Journalism


Trevor worked in Central Africa as a missionary, lecturer and broadcaster for ten years in the 1980’s, and then as an intern at the BBC in London and as a reporter for CNS in Rome in the early 1990s. Trevor worked as a university lecturer at DWU and as a Media Officer for CBC in Papua New Guinea in the late 1990s. Since 2002, he has been a lecturer, Course Coordinator, Program Director and Associate Professor  of Journalism at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
Trevor has received several university and national tertiary teaching awards and two national research grants (ARC and OLT), and his research areas include health reporting, health communications and media coverage of infectious diseases, especially HIV. He is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS), and he has been described as one of the top researchers in Australia on media and HIV. Trevor conducts workshops in Asia and the Pacific on reporting HIV and he works as a reporter at international AIDS conferences.

Trevor’s current projects include media training for AIDS organizations and HIV leaders, and teaching health communications as a Visiting Professor at the Communication University of China in Beijing and Koblenz-Landau University in Germany.

Professional Associations

  • 2009 - National Advisory Board on the reporting of mental health.
  • 2007 - International AIDS Society, (IAS)
  • 2007 - International Association for Media and Communication Research, (IAMCR)
  • 2006 - Asian Media Information and Communication, (AMIC)
  • 2006 - Amnesty International, (AI)
  • 2005 - Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, (ACIJ)
  • 2003 - Australian Catholic Press Association, (ACPA)
  • 2002 - Australian Journalists Association, (AJA)
  • 2002 - National Tertiary Education Union, (NTEU)
  • 1999 - Australasian Medical Writers Association, (AMWA)
  • 1998 - Journalism Education Association of Australia, (JEAA)

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2010 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching
  • 2009 - ECU Professional Development Scholarship
  • 2008 - Carrick Institute Citation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2008 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2007 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

National and International Research Positions

  • Accepted as a member of the European International Research Staff Exchange Program (IRSES)
  • Visiting Professor at the Communication of ChinaVisiting Professor at Landau university in Germany
  • Appointed as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council
  • Appointed Research Fellow at the Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Research Areas and Interests

  • Journalism education
  • Curriculum development
  • Developing communication skills
  • Health communications
  • HIV Journalism

Staff Qualifications

  • GradCert (Graduate Certificate), Edith Cowan University, 2008 .
  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), The University of Queensland, 2000 .
  • MA (Master of Arts), England, 1993 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Narratives in health communication - a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthen understanding of the roles and uses of narratives in conveying health information and changing health behaviours,  European Commission,  Marie Curie Actions - IRSES,  2013 - 2016,  $123,525.
  • Beyond the Red Ribbon: Improving HIV and STI awareness and responses through media and community engagement,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2014 - 2015,  $51,006.
  • Graduate Qualities and Journalism Curriculum Renewal: Balancing Tertiary Expectations and Industry Needs in a Changing Technological Environment,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Innovation and Development Grant,  2011 - 2013,  $10,404.
  • Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2007 - 2010,  $278,768.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Cullen, T., (2013), Health Reporting: Opportunities and Challenges?. Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World, 1(25), 232-242, Melbourne, Australia..
  • Cullen, T., (2010), Reporting HIV and its Broader Impact in Asia: The case of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Liberalizing, Feminizing and Popularizing Health Communications in Asia, 43- 58, Surrey, UK..

Journal Articles

  • Cullen, T., (2014), Mind the Gap: Health reporting in the Pacific. Pacific Journalism Review, 20(1), 200-212, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), News editors evaluate journalism courses and graduate employability. Asia Pacific media Educator, 24(2), 1-16, Sage Publications - London, DOI: DOI: 10.1177/1326365X14555283.
  • Cullen, T., (2013), Exploring ways to improve online health news stories. eJournalist , 13(2), 59-72, Australia.
  • Stewart, H., Williams, M., Cullen, T., Johnston, M., Phillips, G., Mulligan, P., Bowman, L., Meadows, M., (2012), Teaching Journalism students how to tell indigenous stories in an informed way: a work integrated learning approach. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 22(1), 55-67, Australia, DOI: 10.1177/1326365X1202200106.
  • Cullen, T., Williams, M., Stewart, H., Johnston, M., Phillips, G., Mulligan, P., Bowman, L., Meadows, M., (2012), Indigenous Voice Closing the Gap and Putting Communication for Social Change into Practice. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 22(1), 55-67, DOI: 10.1177/1326365X1202200106.
  • Cullen, T., (2011), Health reporting: The missing links. ejournalist, 11(2), 137-148, University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
  • Cullen, T., (2010), Student journalists learn about Aboriginal communities and culture in Western Australia. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 20(December), 153-162, Wollongong, NSW.
  • Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2010), The use of narrative fiction to spread HIV information in Papua New Guinea. ejournalist, 10(2), 32- 44, Queensland, Australia.
  • Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2010), Reporting HIV in Papua New Guinea: Trends and omissions from 2000 to 2010. Pacific Journalism Review, 16(2), 163-177, Auckland.
  • Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2010), Promises, promises: Are Australian universities deceiving journalism students?. Australian Journalism Review, 32(2), 115 - 127, Adelaide.

Conference Publications

  • Cullen, T., Tanner, S., O'Donnell, M., Green, K., (2014), Industry needs and tertiary journalism education: Views from news editors. Transformative, innovative and engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 1-6.
  • Uridge, L., Green, L., Rodan, D., Cullen, T., (2014), A vulnerable community of heart patients re/constructs media stories about cardiovascular disease. Refereed Proceedings of the 2014 ANZCA Conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, 1,
  • Cullen, T., (2013), Online health information: shortcomings and challenges. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, 10 p., Perth, WA.
  • Cullen, T., (2012), Health reporting: is it enough to provide content without a context and what lessons can the media in Asia learn?. Forty Years of Media and Communication in Asia: Retrospect, Introspect and Prospects, 9.
  • Cullen, T., (2011), The value of practical placements: What student journalists learnt while working with Aboriginal communities. Developing student skills for the next decade: Proceedings of the 20th Teaching and Learning Forum, 8p., Perth, WA.

Creative Works

  • Cullen, T., (2014), Media reports of HIV can be part of the problem or the solution. The Conversation, Melbourne.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), Perspective: A fresh approach on tacking HIV awareness in WA. Science network WA, Western Australia.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), A tale of two epidemics: media reporting on Ebola. The Conversation, Melbourne.
  • Cullen, T., (2014), Google Doctor: it's popular but is it accurate?. Edith Magazine, Joondalup.
  • Cullen, T., (2011), Chinese Christians in Western Australia. Chung Wah Association Centenary Celebration, Souvenir Publication.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Charismatic Televangelism In India: A Case Study Of Christian Broadcasting Network's Impact On The Church And Community In India..
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