Dr Amie O'Shea



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching, Deakin University, 2022
Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 2017
Master of Disability Studies, University of Newcastle, 2005
Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, University of Newcastle, 2004
Bachelor of Education, Australian Catholic University, 2001
Diploma of Interpreting, TAFE NSW, 2001


+61 3 524 79273

Research interests

Disability and intellectual disability, including intersections with gender, age, location and sexuality.

Collaborative and representative approaches to research involving marginalised groups including people with intellectual disability.

Knowledge areas

Disability, intellectual disability, cognitive disability.

Auslan, interpreting and Deaf culture.

Qualitative research methods including ethnography, interviews, story/narrative work.

Inclusive and co-created research participation involving people with disability.

Poststructuralist work in fields of gender, sexuality, and critical disability studies.

Professional activities

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (2002) Paraprofessional Auslan-English Interpreter


2019 Australian Social Policy Conference Early Career Researcher award

2018 National Awards for Disability Leadership, Inclusion category

2017 Nancy Millis Award for PhD Theses of Exceptional Merit, La Trobe University

2016 School of Health & Social Development Excellence in Teaching and Learning staff award


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Ageing, disability, dementia and gender and sexuality diversity

Louisa Smith, Lyn Phillipson, Emma Kirby, Christy Newman, Amie O'Shea

(2024), pp. 659-671, The Routledge International Handbook of Disability and Global Health, B1

book chapter

In Pursuit of Ethical and Inclusive Research: What Ethics Committees and Disability Researchers Can Learn From Each Other

M Walsh, V Stead, S Sawyer, A O'Shea, J Watson, K Anderson

(2024), Vol. 23, pp. 1-13, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Thousand Oaks, CA., C1

journal article

Supporting occupational therapists to initiate conversations about sexuality with people with intellectual disability: Co-design by deliberative dialogue.

Diana Piantedosi, Kirk Reed, Amie O'Shea

(2023), Vol. 70, pp. 581-598, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Sexuality and Relationship Education Programmes for People with Intellectual Disability: Innovations and Challenges

P Frawley, J David, A O’Shea, A Dew, M Wellington

(2023), American Journal of Sexuality Education, C1-1

journal article

The role of people with intellectual disability in intellectual disability research: A systematic review of Delphi studies

Diana Piantedosi, Amie O’Shea

(2023), pp. 1-16, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Kicking goals: Exploring the experiences of girls who play Australian Rules football

P Kernebone, A O’Shea, A Jerebine, L Barnett

(2022), Vol. 33, pp. 880-890, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, Australia, C1

journal article

Access to sexual health services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: an Australian cross-sector survey

Patsie Frawley, N Wilson, Jennifer David, Amie O’Shea, K Areskoug Josefsson

(2022), pp. 1-9, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Setting an agenda for disability research in Australia: Organisation-led and targeted consultation report

Mary O'Donovan, Angela Dew, Christine Imms, Jennifer Smith-Merry, Bronwyn Hemsley, John Gilroy, Ariella Meltzer, Ivy Yen, Kathy Ellem, Arne Mueller, Simon Darcy, Tadgh McMahon, Rachel Spencer, Kevin Murfitt, Adam Guastella, Jennifer Plumb, Gemma Carey, Keith Mcvilly, Amie O'Shea, Gisselle Gallego

(2022), Sydney, N.S.W., A6

research report/technical paper

The Use of Photovoice in Research With People on the Autism Spectrum: A Meta-Synthesis of the Literature

P Do, P Frawley, S Goldingay, A O'Shea

(2021), Vol. 87, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, C1

journal article

"That's my story"

Amie O’Shea, Patsie Frawley

(2020), pp. 391-402, The Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality, B1

book chapter

Gender, sexuality and relationships for young Australian women with intellectual disability

A O’Shea, P Frawley

(2020), Vol. 35, pp. 654-675, Disability and society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A Critical Appraisal of Sexuality and Relationships Programs for People with Acquired Brain Injury

A O’Shea, P Frawley, J Leahy, H Nguyen

(2020), Vol. 38, pp. 57-83, Sexuality and Disability, C1

journal article

"Where's the human dignity in that?": LGBTQIA + people with intellectual disability exploring sexual lives and respectful relationships

G Marks, A O’Shea, K McVilly, P Frawley, N Despott

(2020), Vol. 32, pp. 354-376, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, C1

journal article

Experiences of LGBTIQA+ people with disability in healthcare and community services: Towards embracing multiple identities

A O’Shea, J Latham, R McNair, N Despott, M Rose, R Mountford, P Frawley

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 1-14, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Issues of sexuality and relationships

Nathan Wilson, Patsie Frawley, Dilana Schaafsma, Amie O'Shea, Callista Kahonde, Vanessa Thompson, Judith McKenzie, David Charnock

(2019), pp. 989-1010, Handbook of intellectual disabilities integrating theory, research, and practice, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Peer education: a platform for sexuality rights advocacy for women with intellectual disabilities

Amie O'Shea, Patsie Frawley

(2019), pp. 1-16, Global perspectives on disability activism and advocacy our way, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

'Nothing about us without us': sex education by and for people with intellectual disability in Australia

Patsie Frawley, Amie O'Shea

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 413-424, Sex education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Relationship education by people with an intellectual disability: An Australian peer educator model

P Frawley, A O'Shea

(2012), Vol. 56, pp. 726-726, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Building the Environment for Narrative Inquiry With Young People With Intellectual Disability

Monica Wellington, Jennifer David, Patsie Frawley, Amie O’Shea, Angela Dew

(), Qualitative Inquiry, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Inclusive Health Communication in Specialist Disability Accommodation

Dr Kate Anderson, Dr Joanne Watson, Dr Meredith Prain, Nathan Wilson, Prof Angela Dew, Patricia Frawley, Dr Amie O'Shea, A/Prof Melissa Bloomer, Prof Catherine Bennett

MRFF (DISER) - CRR Communications Strategies and Approaches During Outbreaks Grant

  • 2021: $109,047

Saying who you are: Identifying best practice to support positive identities for LGBTQ people with intellectual disability.

Dr Amie O'Shea, Prof Sharon Brennan-Olsen

NDRP Funding Round - National Disability Research Partnership

  • 2022: $29,937
  • 2021: $69,854

A Whole of Community Systems Approach to Co-Designing and Implementing a Safe Spaces Model of Primary Healthcare for Sexuality Diverse Young People in Western Victoria

Dr Alison Kennedy, Dr James Lucas, Dr Amie O'Shea, Prof Susan Brumby, Mr Matt Dixon, Mrs Merrin Wake, Prof Suzanne Robinson, Prof Gary Rogers, A/Prof Andrew Giddy, Ms Holly Kercheval, Dr Joanna Macdonald

MRFF (NHMRC) - Models of care for Sexuality & Gender Diverse People & People with Innate Variations of Sex Characteristics

  • 2024: $529,189

SAGE Dem: A model of care to improve health of sexuality and/or gender diverse people living with dementia

Dr Louisa Smith, Dr Lyn Phillipson, A/Prof Christy Newman, Prof Katherine Boydell, Prof Alison Hutchinson, A/Prof Emma Kirby, Dr Thomas Morris, Mr Robert Hardy, Dr Brooke Brady, Dr Amie O'Shea, Ms Gwenda Darling, Dr Joanne Watson, Dr Renee Fiolet, Mx Alicia Hind

MRFF (NHMRC) - Models of care for Sexuality & Gender Diverse People & People with Innate Variations of Sex Characteristics

  • 2024: $201,773

Other Public Sector Funding

National Disability Research Agenda

Prof Angela Dew, Dr Kevin Murfitt, Dr Joanne Watson, Dr Amie O'Shea, Dr Kate Anderson

Department of Social Services

  • 2022: $5,000
  • 2021: $34,910

Mental health service co-design and engagement for deaf and hard of hearing Victorians.

Dr Amie O'Shea

Department of Health

  • 2024: $20,000

Industry and Other Funding

Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships: SYNAPSE

A/Prof Patsie Frawley, Dr Amie O'Shea

Synapse Australia Limited

  • 2018: $333,750

Experiences of LGBTIQ people with disability.

Dr Amie O'Shea, Dr Joe Latham

Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA)

  • 2020: $24,965
  • 2019: $49,931

Connecting young people with intellectual disability for improved wellbeing and community connection: a focus on relationships and sexuality

Prof Angela Dew, Dr Amie O'Shea, Miss Monica Wellington, Patricia Frawley

Endeavour Foundation - Research Award

  • 2020: $73,962

Inclusion Australia: Gathering the evidence

A/Prof Patsie Frawley, Dr Amie O'Shea, Prof Angela Dew

Inclusion Australia (NCID) Ltd

  • 2020: $50,000

Deafblind Connect evaluation.

Dr Amie O'Shea, Dr Joanne Watson, Dr Jennifer David

Community Disability Alliance Hunter Incorporated

  • 2022: $30,000

Thorne Harbour Health evaluation.

Dr Amie O'Shea

Thorne Harbour Health

  • 2022: $4,545

See It, Be It - Research and Storytelling to Promote the Growth of Deaf Friendly Workplaces.

Dr Amie O'Shea

Deaf Services Ltd (Deaf Connect

  • 2024: $15,000
  • 2023: $20,000

Interpreting in Australia for bilingual Deaf students.

Dr Amie O'Shea

Deaf Services Ltd (Deaf Connect

  • 2024: $101,016


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