Ross Williams  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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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 School of Education and 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, Brunei Darussalam, Canada and in the United States of America.

    My research has focused on the development and implementation of Healthy Lifestyle educational programs including the statewide ‘Take the Challenge’ project.   I am currently an EDD candidate at Murdoch University investigating practitioners perceptions of HPE assessment.

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


    Teaching area

    I coordinate and teach in 4 units across the primary and secondary education Health and Physical Education programs at Murdoch – EDN248 Teaching Health and Physical Education in Primary Schools, EDN374 Teaching Physical Education, EDN378 Teaching Health Education & EDN464 Health and Physical Education and the Curriculum.

    I also 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:

    • 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

    EDD research candidate looking into practitioners perceptions assessment in HPE.

    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

    Invited keynote for WA Health Promoting Schools Association Conference, October 2015

    Opening of ACHPER WA State Health Conference, November 2015.

    Opening of ACHPER WA State Conference 2012, 2013 & 2014


    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).