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Dr Sue Colyer

Dr Sue Colyer is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Business and Law.

Current teaching

  • Masters and PhD research methods and supervision


Sue began her career as a Physical Education teacher and worked in Melbourne, London and Canada. In Vancouver, she joined the YWCA, conducting fitness and mother and child activities. On return to Australia, Sue came to Perth and joined the YMCA, introducing women's programs in city and suburban branches.

In 1974, she was amongst the first Recreation Officers seconded to local government by the Community Recreation Council (now Department of Sport and Recreation). Subsequently, Sue spent 12 years managing local government recreation services. In 1987, she took a lecturing position with ECU, coordinated the Leisure and Sport Management program for approximately 14 years, from 1991 to 2006, retiring from her formal position in January 2007. Sue has continued as an Honorary Senior Fellow of the School, and continues to provide research supervision for Post Graduate students.

From 2009  to 2011, Sue was employed as the Executive Officer of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of WA, and contributed to MND social research in conjunction with the WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Curtin University.


  • DipPhysEd Melb
  • Trained Secondary Teachers Certificate Melbourne
  • BPE WAust
  • MScRecMan Loughborough
  • Ph.D. Curtin

Professional associations

  • Member - Editorial Panel for Leisure Management: an International Journal.
  • Member - Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS).
  • Hon. Life Member - Parks and Leisure Australia


Research areas and interests

  • Recreation access for disability; and
  • Women in local government recreation services.

Recent publications

Journal articles

  • Aoun, Samar M., Connors, Sianne Lee, Priddis, Lynn, Breen, Lauren J, & Sue Colyer (2011). Motor Neurone Disease family carers' experiences of caring, palliative care and bereavement: An exploratory qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, published online 20 July 2011. DOI: 10.1177/0269216311416036.
  • Colyer, S., & Howell, J. (2004). An e-Portfolio for Leisure Sciences students: A case study at Edith Cowan University. Australian Journal of Career Development, 13 (1), 23-32.

Conference publications

  • Development, Implementation & Evaluation of an Educational Program to guide Palliative Care for People with Motor Neurone Disease. Presenting author Sue Colyer (ECU, MNDA WA), Contributing Authors: Linda Kristjanson, Samar Aoun, Ruth McConigley, Lynn Oldham (WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Curtin University), Rod Harris (MNDA Vic), Margaret O’Connor (Monash) at the 21st International ALS/MND Symposium, Orlando, Florida, 11 to 13 December 2010.

Research student supervision

Principal supervisor

  • Current - Masters, A review of the policy development processes that relate to the inclusion of people with a disability in sport: some Western Australian evidence.
  • 2009 - Master of Business (Sport Management): Effectiveness in grass roots sport clubs: Some Western Australian evidence.
  • 2008 – PhD: Organisational Culture of Sport Organisations and Development Planning Processes: Western Australian Evidence.

Associate supervisor

  • 2011 – PhD: From canter to cantor: Negotiating constraints in serious leisure pursuits.
  • 2008 - PhD: A comparative study of national government elite sports systems in Australia and Taiwan, ROC: A model for Olympic success.
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