Staff profile - Debbie Ollis

Dr Debbie Ollis

Position: Senior Lecturer Education
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Education
Campus: N 2.25, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446409 +61 3 92446409
Email: debbie.ollis@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Master of Education, University of Melbourne, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2008


Affiliations

American Association of School Health
Association of Women Educators
Australian Association of Research in Education
Health and Physical Education Tertiary Teachers Alliance: Victoria
International Union for Health Promotion and Education


Professional activities

Working Member of:
APC: Deakin.
Catching On Reference Group member: ARCSHS, LaTrobe.
Health and Physical Education, Expert Panel. Australian Curriculum: ACARA.
Sexuality Educators Network: Sexual & Reproductive Health of Young Victorians FPV and Women's Hospital.
Shared Responsibility in Sexual Education: DEECD.
Managing Trustee: King and O'Malley

Academic

Teaching Interests

Deakin University 2005-2012
Units taught and Chaired
➢ Promoting Student Wellbeing: Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Education (2005-2012)
➢ Issues in Health Education Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Education/Graduate Diploma of Education (2006-2009)
➢ Senior Health and Human Development: Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Education/Graduate Diploma of Education (2006-2012)
➢ Primary Health and Student Wellbeing: Bachelor of Education primary (2009)
➢ Teaching Sexuality in the Middle Years Bachelor of Education primary (2009/2012)
➢ Promoting Student Wellbeing: Masters of Teaching (2010-2012)
➢ Independent Project: Bachelor of Early Childhood (2010)
➢ Masters research paper supervision (2009)
➢ PhD supervision


Conferences and seminars

REFEREED CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS Ollis, D. and Harrison, L. (2010) Getting over the embarrassment: Exploring the impact of an intensive mode of delivery on students perceptions of preparedness and readiness to teach sexuality education , AARE conference Melbourne, November 2010 Ollis, D. (2010), Global Challenges of Adolescent Sexual Health, 4th Asian Conference on Sexuality Education, Hong Kong, Keynote Address Hong Kong Family Planning Association August 11-13 2010 Ollis, D., and Meldrum, K. (2010), Improving Health Outcomes for Girls: 20th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland 11-15 July Ollis, D., and Meldrum, K. (2010), Is my makeup running? Reflections on the impact of a girls only health and physical education intervention on body issues. Sport, Health and Physical Education Conference, Adelaide, February 2010 Meldrum, K., and Ollis, D. (2010), The quest to Improve body image in adolescent girls- School- based interventions is only part of the answer: A case study from Victoria Sport, Health and Physical Education Conference, Adelaide, February 2010 Ollis, D., and Meldrum, K. (2009), Just have a go! Creating a safe space for girls, Educational Spaces, Places and Creativity: An Academic Research Forum Geelong, August 2009. Ollis, D., and Meldrum, K. (2008), Be yourself and have a ball: Using a school and community based health education model to build young womens resilience and connectedness, AARE conference Brisbane, November 2008 Meldrum, K., and Ollis, D. (2008), No one is ugly, there is no ugly: Improving body attitudes in adolescent girls. AARE Conference, Brisbane, November 2008 Ollis, D. (2008), A move in the right direction: some common ground in addressing sexual diversity in practice- a case study from Australia. American School Health Association's 82nd Annual School Health Conference, Tampa, Florida November 2008 Allard, A., and Ollis, D (2008) Piloting integrated, authentic assessment tasks across two units: are we helping students connect the dots, Deakin University Teaching and Learning Conference, Melbourne June 2008 Meldrum, K., and Ollis, D. (2007), Bringing girls back into focus: Gender and Identity Educational Futures and Innovation Research Seminar November, Melbourne 2008 Ollis, D. (2004), Treading Water - An Overview Of The Impact Of Professional Development On Secondary Health Education Teachers Preparedness To Affirm And Include Sexual Diversity In The Curriculum, 18th World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education April 2004 Ollis, D. (2004), Im just a home economics teacher. Does discipline background impact on teachers ability to affirm and include gender and sexual diversity in secondary school health education programs? AARE Conference, Melbourne 2004 INVITED SYMPOSIA/KEYNOTES Ollis, D. (2010), Global Challenges of Adolescent Sexual Health, 4th Asian Conference on Sexuality Education, Hong Kong, Keynote Address Hong Kong Family Planning Association (Forthcoming August 11-13 2010). Ollis, D. (2006), Reclaiming Sexuality Education, VHETTA Annual Conference Melbourne, November 2006. Ollis, D. (2006), Risky Business: Promoting Effective Sexuality Education, ACHPER Health and Physical Education Conference, Melbourne November 2006. Ollis, D. (2005), Ten Years On, Sexuality and Schooling Conference, Deakin University Melbourne, September 2005. Ollis, D. (2005), Changing Practice in Sexuality Education Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Middle Year Conference, Melbourne, August 2005. Ollis, D. (2002), Talking Sexual Health: Toward an inclusive approach. Invited Keynote address at Framing the Future PDHPETA State Conference, Armidale, NSW, October 2002.

Awards

Awards and prizes

2011: Commendation for Excellence in Teaching 2011
2010: Commendation for Excellence in Teaching 2010
2008:Outstanding Thesis Merit Award for doctoral thesis completed in 2007, Latrobe University Faculty of Health Sciences
2001: PhD Scholarship Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
1991: Victorian Home Economics and Textiles Teachers Association Scholarship


Research

Research projects

Ollis, D. Stepping Out: Review and Update: DEECD (2012)
Ollis, D. and Harrison, L. Sexuality Education Matters (SEMS) Developing Pre-service Sexuality Education: DHS (2011-2102)
Ollis, D. and Harrison, L. Sexuality Education Community Support Project (SECS) (2010-2015)
Ollis, D. and Harrison L. Capacity Building in Health and Sexuality Education: DEECD (2011-2012)
Ollis, D. Gender and Violence: Developing Professional Learning: DEECD (2011-2102)
Ollis, D. Catching On: Sexuality Education in Secondary School: ARCSHS (2011)
Ollis D. and Harrison, L. Exploring the impact of an intensive mode of delivery on students perceptions of preparedness and readiness to teach sexuality education (2010 ongoing)
Ollis, D. Gendered Based Violence Demonstration Project Research and development of Secondary School Resources: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria and the Centre Against Sexual Assault (2010).


Research interests

Much of my research interests fall under the broad area of gender, health, sexuality education and student well being. I am interested in capacity building, pedagogy, teacher practice and professional learning, particular as it relates to sensitive issues in health and sexuality education. My Masters research focused on exploring the impact of curricula on young womens understanding of violence against women. My doctoral study examined capacity building in sexuality education with a particular focus on teacher practice and professional learning in the area of gender and sexual diversity. Since finishing my PhD I have been researching the impact of a holistic health and physical education intervention on adolescent girls connectedness; the impact of professional learning on pre-service teachers ability and preparedness to teach sexuality education; research and development on respectful relationships and preventing gender based violence. Most recently I have become involved in researching capacity building in sexuality education in a P-12 setting.

I am a qualitative researcher interested in mix methods and the link between research and practice.

Previous Research projects and committees
Commonwealth Department of Employment Education and Training: Gender and Violence Project: 1992-94.
Standing Strong or Standing Weak? Equal opportunity, Violence against Women and the School Curriculum: A case study: Med research 1994.
Department of Education Victoria: STD/AIDS Prevention Education Project: 1994 -1997.
Board of Studies Key Learning Advisory Committee for Health and Physical Education: 1992-1994.
Melbourne University Centre for Adolescent Health, Gatehouse project: 1996
Latrobe University, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
Same-Sex Attracted Young People research reference group, National Centre in HIV Social Research: 1995/2000 - 2003/2004.
Australian secondary teachers preparedness for Hepatitis C prevention education: 1999.
Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2002/2003 provided expertise advice on the interview schedule, final draft of the report, including recommendations.
Finding a way forward: Affirming Gender and Sexual Diversity in Health and Physical Education: PhD 2007.


Research page

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=ollisde


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