Staff profile - Susie Macfarlane

Ms Susie Macfarlane

Position: Senior Facilitator, Teaching Excellence And Innovation
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17790 +61 3 925 17790



  • Bachelor of Science, Monash University, 1987
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 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

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Knowledge areas

Higher education pedagogies, assessment and feedback

Capacity building and organisational change

Qualitative research

Scholarship of teaching and learning

Conferences and seminars

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.


Awards and prizes

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


Research grants

2016 - 2017 Using Fitbits to promote physical activity in inactive Victorian adolescents: Technological revolution or fad?
Nicky Ridgers, Jo Salmon, Anna Timperio, Kylie Ball, Helen Brown, Susie Macfarlane
Innovation Research Grant, VicHealth, $200,000

2015 - 2016 Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology
Trede F, Goodyear P, Tayebjee F, Markauskaite L, Macfarlane S.
Office of Learning and Teaching, $224,000.

2012 - 13 Shaping the future of psychology through developing and assessing graduate attributes using collaborative learning
Karantzas G, Macfarlane S, Tooley G, Mussap A , Hazelwood Z, Fitness, J.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council, $220,000.

2008 Evaluation of Telephone Health Coaching
Macfarlane S, Richardson B, Staiger P.
Kinect Australia, $10,000

2007 Early intervention in emergency departments: Developing an evidence-based care-pathway for low back pain patients.
Staiger P, Macfarlane S, Serlachius A.
Victorian Department of Human Services, $25,000

2005 – 2009 Evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden project.
Gibbs L, Townsend M, Staiger P, Macfarlane, S.
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Helen Macpherson Trust Fund, Department of Education, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, $113,145



Invited book chapter:
Macfarlane, S, Bucknall, T (2015) Digital technologies and methods in research. In K. Gerrish, A. Lacey (Eds.) The Research Process in Nursing, 7th Edition, Oxford, Wiley Blackwell.

Journal articles:
Hitch, D, Macfarlane, S, & Nihill C. (2015). Inclusive pedagogy in Australian universities: a review of current policies and professional development activities, The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 6(1): 135-145, doi:10.5204/intjfyhe.v6i1.254

Block, K, Gibbs, L, Macfarlane, S., & Townsend, M. (2015). Promoting appreciation of cultural diversity and inclusion with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. Journal for Multicultural Education, 9(1),

Townsend, M, Gibbs, L, Macfarlane, S, Block, K, Staiger, PK, Gold, L, Johnson, B Long, C, (2014) Volunteering in a school kitchen garden program: Cooking up confidence, capabilities and connections!, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 25:225-247, DOI 10.1007/s11266-012-9334-5

Broadbent, J, Sitka, N, Macfarlane, S, McGillivray, J, Tye, S (2014) Informing Brain Health Behaviour Choices: The Efficacy of a High-School Brain Awareness Pilot Study, British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, 4(6): 755-767.

L Gibbs, P K Staiger, M Townsend, S Macfarlane, L Gold, K Block, B Johnson, J Kulas, E Waters (2013) Methodology for the evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, Health promotion journal of Australia: 24(1):32-43.

Karantzas, G, Avery, M, Macfarlane, S, Mussap, A, Tooley, G, Hazelwood, Z, Fitness, J (2013) Enhancing critical analysis and problem-solving skills in undergraduate psychology: An evaluation of a collaborative learning and problem-based learning approach. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65(1) 38-45.

Gibbs, L, Staiger, PK, Johnson, B, Block, B, Macfarlane, S, Gold, L, Kulas, J, Townsend, M, Long, C, Ukoumunne, O (2013) Expanding Children's Food Experiences: The Impact of a School-Based Kitchen Garden Program, Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 45(2):137-46

Keast, R, Macfarlane, S, Riddell, L (2013) Effective Integration of Teaching and Research in a First Year Food and Nutrition Course, Creative Education, 3:1366-1370.

Block K, Gibbs L, Staiger P, Gold L, Johnson B, Macfarlane S, Long C, Townsend M (2012) Growing Community: The Impact of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program on the Social and Learning Environment in Primary Schools. Health Education and Behaviour, 39(4): 419-432. DOI: 10.1177/1090198111422937.

Staiger PK, Serlachius A, Macfarlane S, Anderson S, Chan T, Young G (2010) Improving the coordination of care for low back pain patients by creating better links between acute and community services. Australian Health Review, 34: 139-143.

Macfarlane SJ, White J (1989) Acquisition and extinction of an alcohol-opposite conditioned response in humans. Psychopharmacology, 97: 355-357.

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