Ms Susie Macfarlane



Senior Lecturer - Learning Futures


Deakin Learning Futures


Course Enhanc - Health Pod


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Knowledge areas

Higher education pedagogies, assessment and feedback

Capacity building and organisational change

Qualitative research

Scholarship of teaching and learning


Franziska Trede, Lina Markauskaite, Peter Goodyear, Susie Macfarlane, Freny Tayebjee, Celina McEwen. Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology, 17th Ottowa conference and ANZAHPE, Perth, 2016.

Franziska Trede, Lina Markauskaite, Peter Goodyear, Susie Macfarlane, Freny Tayebjee, Celina McEwen. Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology: Designing the GPS for WPL, Gobally connected, digitally enabled, ascilite, Perth, 2015.

Macfarlane, S, Quealy, J, Kiddell, J, Tebbs, O, Kattula, A, Miles, K, Grounds, S. A collaborative eLearning capacity-building program for clinical educators, 13th International Conference for Emergency Nurses, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, 2015.

Tayebjee, F, Trede, F, Goodyear, P, Macfarlane, S, Markauskaite, L, McEwan, C. Using mobile technology to enhance the work integrated learning experience, Careers without Borders: Local, Global, Virtual, National Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services, University of Melbourne, 2015.

Trede, F, Macfarlane, Tayebjee, F, Markauskaite, L. Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology, Different Learning Cultures- Regional, National, Transnational. Annual Conference of the Adult Education Department of the German Educational Science Association (DGfE), Hannover, 2015.

Caryl A Nowson, Robyn Perlstein, Susie Macfarlane, Scott McCoombe. Gap between nutrition behaviour and knowledge in Australian first year, post-graduate medical students, Experimental Biology Conference, San Diego, California, 2014.

Nihill, C, Macfarlane, S, Hitch, D. Building capacity for inclusive teaching: a survey of Australian university practice, HERDSA: the place of learning and teaching, Auckland, 2013.

Goldingay S, Lamaro G, Hitch D, Hosken N, Macfarlane S, Farrugia D, Nihill C, Ryan J. Perceptions of academic skills from first year social work students, First Year in Higher Education Conference: New Horizons, Brisbane, 2012.

Goldingay, S, Hitch D, Hosken, N, Lamaro, G, Macfarlane, S, Farrugia, D, Nihill, C & Ryan, J, A multidimensional framework for embedded academic skills development, in HERDSA 2012: Proceedings of the 35th HERDSA Annual International Conference: Connections in Higher Education, [HERDSA], [Hobart, Tas.], pp. 1-2.

Block K, Gibbs L, Townsend M, Staiger PK, Macfarlane S.  Promoting inclusion for ethnically diverse families in primary schools, UNA Global Biennial Conference, Amsterdam, 12-14 May 2011.

Karantzas G, Macfarlane S, Tooley G, Mussap A, Measuring graduate attributes, HERDSA Reshaping Higher Education, Melbourne, 2010.

Macfarlane S, Richardson B, An investigation of the factor structure of AUSSE student engagement questionnaire, HERDSA Reshaping Higher Education, Melbourne, 2010.

Gibbs L, Staiger PK, Townsend M, Macfarlane S, Block K, Gold L, Johnson B, Kulas J, Long C. Is a school-based cooking garden worthwhile for the stakeholders?  20th International Union for Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, 2010.

Townsend M, Gibbs L, Staiger PK, Macfarlane S, Block K, Gold L.  School kitchen garden programs: improving health for children, teachers, parents and volunteers?  39th PHAA Annual Conference, Canberra 2009.

Townsend M, Gibbs L, Staiger P, Macfarlane S, Block K. School community-readiness for kitchen garden programs, Eco Health Conference, Mexico, 2008.

Gibbs L, Staiger P, Townsend M, Macfarlane S, Block K. Evaluation: the Impact of the Program. The Kitchen Garden Classroom: Educating Children for a Healthy Future, Melbourne, 2008.

Professional activities

Reviewer for the following journals:

  • Issues in Educational Research
  • Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice
  • Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal
  • First Year in Higher Education


2009 Citation for Outstanding contributions to student learning
Tooley G, Macfarlane S, Mussap A.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council, $10 000

2008  Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Learning
Deakin University

2008  Award for Teaching Excellence
Faculty of Health, Deakin University


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Promoting appreciation of cultural diversity and inclusion with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen garden program

Karen Block, Dr Lisa Gibbs, Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Mardie Townsend

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 2-9, Journal for multicultural education, Bingley, Eng., C1


Inclusive pedagogy in Australian universities: a review of current policies and professional development activities

Dr Danielle Hitch, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Ms Claire Nihill

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 135-145, International journal of the first year in higher education, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Volunteering in a school kitchen garden program : cooking up confidence, capabilities and connections!

A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Dr Lisa Gibbs, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Karen Block, A/Prof Petra Staiger, Dr Lisa Gold, Britt Johnson, Ms Caroline Long

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 225-247, Voluntas, New York, N.Y., C1


Informing brain health behaviour choices: the efficacy of a high-school brain awareness pilot study

Dr Jaclyn Broadbent, Natalie Sitka, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Prof Jane McGillivray, Dr Susannah Tye

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 755-767, British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, West Bengal, India, C1


"The university didn't actually tell us this is what you have to do": Social inclusion through embedding of academic skills in first year professional courses

Dr Sophie Goldingay, Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Juliana Ryan, Mr Dennis Farrugia, Ms Norah Hosken, Miss Greer Lamaro Haintz, Ms Claire Nihill, Ms Susie Macfarlane

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 43-53, International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Expanding children's food experiences : the impact of a school-based kitchen garden program

Dr Lisa Gibbs, A/Prof Petra Staiger, Britt Johnson, Karen Block, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Dr Lisa Gold, Jenny Kulas, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, Ms Caroline Long, Dr Obioha Ukoumunne

(2013), Vol. 45, pp. 137-146, Journal of nutrition education and behavior, New York, N. Y., C1


Enhancing critical analysis and problem-solving skills in undergraduate psychology: An evaluation of a collaborative learning and problem-based learning approach

A/Prof Gery Karantzas, Miss Michelle Avery, Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Alexander Mussap, Prof Gregory Tooley, Dr Zoe Hazelwood, Prof Julie Fitness

(2013), Vol. 65, pp. 38-45, Australian journal of psychology, London, Eng., C1-1


Growing community : the impact of the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden program on the social and learning environment in primary schools

Karen Block, Dr Lisa Gibbs, A/Prof Petra Staiger, Dr Lisa Gold, Britt Johnson, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Ms Caroline Long, A/Prof Mardie Townsend

(2012), Vol. 39, pp. 419-432, Health education and behavior, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1


Effective integration of teaching and research in a first year food and nutrition course

Prof Russell Keast, Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Lynn Riddell

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 1366-1370, Creative education, Irvine, Calif., C1-1


Construction of an instrument to measure effectiveness of placement settings and experiences

Ms Vanessa Sturre, Dr Sophie Keele, A/Prof Kathryn Von Treuer, Mr Simon Moss, Janet McLeod, Ms Susie Macfarlane

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 225-238, Asia - Pacific journal of cooperative education, Hamilton, New Zealand, C1


The virtual maternity clinic : a teaching and learning innovation for midwifery education

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Prof Maxine Duke, A/Prof Catherine Nagle, Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Gery Karantzas, A/Prof Denise Patterson

(2012), pp. 1-6, Nurse education today, Kidlington, England, C1-1


Academic skills and beyond : a resource based approach to support student success in higher education

Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Sophie Goldingay, Ms Norah Hosken, Miss Greer Lamaro Haintz, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Ms Claire Nihill, Dr Juliana Ryan, Mr Dennis Farrugia

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. A - 29-A - 41, Journal of academic language and learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1


Improving the coordination of care for low back pain patients by creating better links between acute and community services

A/Prof Petra Staiger, Anna Serlachius, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Sharron Anderson, Thomas Chan, Greg Young

(2010), Vol. 34, pp. 139-143, Australian health review, Strawberry Hills, NSW, C1


Students' expectations of the virtual maternity clinic

A/Prof Diane Phillips, Prof Maxine Duke, A/Prof Catherine Nagle, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Mr Glenn Mcnolty, Mr Peter Lane, Mr Ian Fox, A/Prof Denise Patterson

(2009), pp. 791-795, ASCILITE 2009 : Same places, different spaces : Proceedings of the 26th ASCILITE conference, Auckland, New Zealand, E1



Australian Competitive Grants

Shaping the future of psychology through developing and assessing graduate attributes using collaborative learning

A/Prof Gery Karantzas, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Prof Gregory Tooley, A/Prof Alexander Mussap, Dr Zoe Hazelwood, Prof Julie Fitness

OLT Innovation and Development Grants - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2012: $139,630
  • 2011: $79,270

Enhancing Workplace Learning Through Mobile Technology

A/Prof Franziska Trede, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Prof Peter Goodyear, Ms Freny Tayebjee

OLT Commissioned Projects - Office for learning and Teaching

  • 2016: $9,545
  • 2015: $9,280

Other Public Sector Funding

Health Promotion: Acute to Community Project

Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Petra Staiger

  • 2007: $25,000

Using Fitbits to promote physical activity in inactive Victorian adolescents: Technological revolution or fad

Dr Nicky Ridgers, Prof Jo Salmon, Prof Anna Timperio, Dr Helen Brown, Prof Kylie Ball, Ms Susie Macfarlane

  • 2016: $99,000

Industry and Other Funding

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Evaluation

Dr Lisa Gibbs, A/Prof Mardie Townsend, A/Prof Petra Staiger, Ms Susie Macfarlane

  • 2007: $55,464

Evaluation of a health coaching program

Dr Ben Richardson, Ms Susie Macfarlane, A/Prof Petra Staiger

  • 2011: $3,000
  • 2009: $7,448


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