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Dr Donna Barwood


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2841, Mobile: 0411888001, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO8407
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2841
Mobile: 0411888001
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8407  


Donna is a Lecturer for School of Education.

Current teaching

  • HPE2112 - Physical Activity, Body, Culture and Identity
  • HPE3101 - Teaching Secondary Health Education
  • HPE3201 - Planning, Reaching and Assessment in Health Education
  • PHE4612 - Issues in health Education
  • PHE6713 - Specialised Health Studies Foundations
  • PHE6714 - Specialised Secondary Health Studies
  • PPA3211 - Second Professional Practice
  • PPA4311 - Assistant Teaching Program.


Donna has taught Health and Physical Education in primary, secondary and tertiary educational settings and held key positions of responsibility in the public, private and Catholic education sectors. Donna was writer of the K-10 Syllabus for Health and Physical Education in Western Australia, the online course for Protective Behaviours in Western Australia, the Aboriginal Education supplement for the Protective Behaviours Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education.

Professional associations

  • TRBWA - Teachers registration Board of Western Australia
  • ACHPER - Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • WAIER - Western Australian Institute for Educational Research
  • PESTA - Physical Education Teachers Association
  • Past President ACHPER WA (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Board member Halidon Primary School
  • Board member Greenwood college

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2019 - The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: For pioneering and championing inclusive, strengths-based health education, empowering pre-service secondary teachers with transformative capacities to cultivate health-literate young Australians.
  • 2019 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award, Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

National and International Research Awards

  • 2018 - ACHPER National Fellow – Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • 2018 - Alison Lee Scholarship (AARE)
  • 2018 - WAIER Research Grant
  • 2018 - WAIER Early Career Award
  • 2011 - Doctor Susan Holland Scholarship – Edith Cowan University
  • 2011 - 3MT Peoples’ Choice Winner – Edith Cowan University.

Research areas and interests

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Practicum experiences
  • Inclusivity and diversity in Health and Physical Education
  • Health and Physical Education teacher needs

Internal Research Grants

  • 2019 - ECU Collaboration to Bring Farm to Fork to Market, School of Medical and Health Sciences School Collaboration Grant. $10,000
  • 2018 - ECU Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) - Get ready, set and go: A vision for Health and Physical Education (HPE). $21,697
  • 2016 - ECU Centre for Learning and Teaching Small Grant - Y68 Course review for pre-service Health and Physical Education teachers. $3,000.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2015.
  • Master of Education by Coursework Major in Health Education, Edith Cowan University, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Education Major in Physical and Health Education, Edith Cowan University, 1989.
  • Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), Edith Cowan University, 1987.


Recent Research Grants

  • Meningococcal Infection, Awareness Prevention and Protection (MIapp) – Improving and evaluating adolescent access to meningococcal education through the use of an app ,  Lotterywest,  Grant,  2019 - 2021,  $768,471.
  • Transformational games: A way to engage adolescents in nutrition education? ,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Health Promotion Research - Exploratory Research Grants,  2016 - 2018,  $56,634.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Barwood, D., Spears, L., O'Hara, E., Penney, D., (2020), Deconstructing health and physical education teacher education: a mapping and analysis of programme structure and content in Australia. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, xx(xx), 2-16, DOI:
  • Barwood, D., Jones, A., O'Hara, E., (2020), Pre-Service teachers’ mobilising health literacy in sun safety education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(5), 62-73, Australia, Social Science Press.
  • Scott, J., Hill, S., Barwood, D., Penney, D., (2020), Physical literacy and policy alignment in sport and education in Australia. European Physical Education Review, NA(NA), 1-20.
  • Barwood, D., Smith, S., Miller, M., Boston, J., Masek, M., Devine, A., (2020), Transformational Game Trial in Nutrition Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(4), 18-29, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2020v45n4.2.
  • Barwood, D., Jones, A., (2019), Pre-service teachers, co-creating sun safety education for adolescents. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 2 September 2019(2 September 2019), 277-290, DOI:
  • Barwood, D., (2019), Does theory matter? Reflection, transformation and agency after receiving a doctoral award. Issues in Educational Research, 29(4), 1057-1067.
  • Barwood, D., Sanbrook, C., O'Rourke, J., Jones, A., Thomas, J., (2018), Blowing a whistle, how hard can it be? An exploration of practicum experiences for a pre-service health and physical education teacher with a hearing impairment. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 9(3), 270-285, Online, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/25742981.2018.1490627.
  • Barwood, D., (2017), Rumination, realignment and reflection: Who is really teaching health education in secondary schools?. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts, 21(November 2017), 46-55, Charles Darwin University.
  • Barwood, D., Penney, D., Cunningham, C., (2017), A paradox or a culture of acceptance? The idiosyncratic workforce delivering health education in lower secondary government schools in Western Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 8(3), 193-209, Melbourne, Victoria, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/18377122.2017.1362955.
  • Barwood, D., Cunningham, C., Penney, D., (2016), What we know, what we do and what we could do: Creating an understanding of the delivery of health education in lower secondary government schools in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41(11), 15-30, Australia, Social Science Press, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2016v41n11.2.

Conference Publications

  • Barwood, D., Brady, D., Jones, A., Strickland, M., Blane, S., (2017), Creating an understanding of the UV Index amongst pre-service teachers. Proceedings of the 30th ACHPER International Conference: Participation in an active and healthy life: Valuing the participant voice, 46-53, Flinders Park, South Australia, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
  • Barwood, D., (2015), What we know, what we do and what we should do: The delivery of health education in lower secondary government schools in WA. Proceedings of the 29th ACHPER International Conference: Values into Action - A Brighter Future, 120-128, Kent Town, South Australia, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Lower secondary students' perspectives towards Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) at three Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) schools
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