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    Ross Williams
    Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education & Masters in Education.

    Senior Lecturer - Health and Physical Ed

    About me

    I am a Senior Lecturer in the College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education (SHEE). I am also the Academic Chair responsible for primary and secondary Health and Physical Education (HPE) programs.

    I have worked as a teacher, teacher educator and administrator in a variety of educational institutions in Western Australia and internationally in the United Arab Emirates (Higher Colleges of Technology), Brunei Darussalam (University of Brunei Darussalam), Canada (Westview Centennial) and in the United States of America (Camp America).

    My research has focused on the development and implementation of the HPE curriculum, pre-service teacher perceptions of assessment in HPE, the role of active play in Early Childhood Education and the development of healthy lifestyle programs.

    Two examples of healthy lifestyle projects I have developed have included the Canning Stock Route Challenge (2003) and the Take the Challenge project (2010) see, both in collaboration with the Western Australian County Health Service and funded through Healthways.

    I am a member of AIESEP and an elected Fellow of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) and a previous Vice President (3 years) and Past President (3 years) of the WA Branch of ACHPER.



    Teaching area

    I coordinate and teach in 8 units across the primary and secondary education Health and Physical Education programs at Murdoch – EDN248 Teaching Health and Physical Education in Early Childhood & Primary Schools, EDN341 Global Health Promotion, EDN374 Teaching Physical Education, EDN378 Teaching Health Education, EDN464 Health and Physical Education and the Curriculum, EDN465 Perspectives on the Curriculum, EDN592 Teaching Health Education and EDN596 Teaching Physical Education.

    I also co-teach in the Master of Teaching course in EDN613 The Integrated Curriculum in Primary Schools (HASS/HPE/Arts).



    Research areas

    My research interests include all of the following:

    • The role of active play in Early Childhood Education contexts
    • Investigating whole school, community & parent actions designed to mitigate the health risks of increasing screen time among school-aged children
    • Improving pre-service teacher use of peer assessment strategies within Health and Physical Education (HPE) programs
    • Identifying practitioners perceptions of HPE assessment
    • Implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (AC:HPE) curriculum in Western Australian schools
    • Teacher use of innovative HPE programs targeting Type 2 diabetes
    • Identifying the strategies that teachers’ believe make Healthy Lifestyle programs work.


    Current projects

    Investigation of pre-service teachers perceptions of play in Early Childhood settings

    Awards and grants

    2017: Awarded a Fellow of the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)

    2010: Grant: Development of ‘Take the Challenge’ Materials – WA Country Health Services funded by Healthways WA.

    2003: Grant: Re-development of Canning Stock Route Materials in line with the WA Curriculum.

    Events and speaking engagements

    October 2015 – Invited keynote for WA Health Promoting Schools Association Conference.

    2015 – Opening of ACHPER WA State Health Conference.

    2012, 2013 & 2014 – Opening of ACHPER WA State Conference


    Professional and community service

    Immediate Past President of ACHPER WA from 2010-2015

    Ex-Board Member of ACHPER WA from 2008-2015

    Member of Editorial Committee of ACHPERs Active & Healthy Magazine from 2012-2014

    Examination Panel Member of School Curriculum and Standards Authority, Year 12 Physical Education Studies 2A&B and 3A&B exams from 2011-2014.

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Catherine Talbot PHD (40%)

    Mariolina Pais Marden PHD Completed 2016



    • Merga, M., Williams, R., (2016), The role of health educators in mitigating health risk from increasing screen time in schools and at home, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 7, 2, pages 157 - 172.


    • Williams, R., (2013),Perceptions of Health and Physical Education university students about the value of peer assessment in a Sport Education unit,In: 28th ACHPER International Conference.
    • Williams, R., (2011),The strategies that teachers' believe work in healthy lifestyle programs - A case study of the Canning Stock Route Challenge,In: 27th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) International Conference (2011).
    • Williams, R., (2011),Mutual adaptive strategies that teachers believe make physical activity programs work in school,In: Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP).