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Peter Stephenson

Dr Peter Stephenson

Executive Director, Higher Education and Research

Adult/Higher Education, Indigenous Education, Capacity Building, Environmental Health

 


  • Name: Dr Peter Stephenson
    Position: Executive Director, Higher Education and Research
    Research focus: Adult/Higher Education, Indigenous Education, Capacity Building, Environmental Health


    Phone: +61 8 8946 7128
    Email: peter.stephenson@batchelor.edu.au


    Qualifications: EdD (University of Technology, Sydney), MEnvStud. (University of New South Wales), BAppSc. (Hawkesbury Agricultural College)


    Professional memberships and associations
    • Member - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
    • Member - Australian Institute of Environmental Health
    • Expert Consultant - Environmental Health to the HealthInfoNet, Edith Cowan University
    • Member - Editorial Committee for Environmental Health – The Journal of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health
    • Member - Board of Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC)
    • Associated Member - Institute of Community Directors Australia
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Dr Stephenson has been a Chief Investigator on multiple competitive research grants as well as a lead and co-researcher on numerous tendered research and evaluative projects commissioned by Commonwealth, State/Territory governments and by research commissioned by the private sector. He has researched and published nationally and internationally in the areas of:
    • Adult Education
    • Indigenous Education
    • Problem Based Learning
    • Environmental Health
    • Workforce Capacity Building
    Dr Stephenson initially joined Batchelor Institute in 2004 to implement a newly accredited Environmental Health degree before leading the development of Institute’s research strategy and programs. He is an experienced educator, consultant, researcher and project manager with professional interests at the intersection of Indigenous capacity building; professional and adult education; curriculum development; and environmental health.

    He has been a consultant to the United Nations in Fiji and Cambodia and a manager of national research and development programs for Indigenous Australian environmental health practitioners. Peter has a record of representation on national grant review panels, course advisory and professional accreditation committees, journal and press editorial boards and non-government organisation/not-for-profit boards.

    AWARDS & RECOGNITION

    • University of Technology Sydney nomination for Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best Higher Research Degree Thesis (2002)
    • University of Western Sydney nomination to Australian Awards for University Teaching in Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies Category (2002)
    • Australian Institute of Environmental Health Prize for Best Undergraduate Final Year Project (1989)

    PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

    2007 – Present Head of Research/Teaching & Learning /Higher Education, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
    2004 – 2007 Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
    2001 – 2004 Executive Director, Regional Integrated Monitoring Centre and Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney
    1997 – 2001 Indigenous Communities’ Environmental Health Research and Development Program Manager, University of Western Sydney
    1997 Environmental Health Consultant, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, World Health Organisation
    1996 – 1997 Lecturer in Environmental Health and Academic Coordinator, University of Western Sydney.
    1997 Project Officer, Tonga, AusAID
    1993 – 1996 Associate Lecturer in Environmental Health and Course Coordinator, University of Western Sydney
    1991 – 1993 Environmental Health Specialist, Fiji. WHO and United Nations Development Program and Tutor, Fiji School of Medicine
    1991 Public Health Officer, Sydney, Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services
    1989 – 1990 Environmental Health Officer, Botany City Council

    INSTITUTE COMMITTEES

    • Academic Board
    • Research Committee
    • Executive Management Committee
  • BOOKS & CHAPTERS

    Lee, P., Fasoli, L., Ford, L., Stephenson, P., McInerney, D. (2014). Indigenous Kids and Schooling in the Northern Territory: An introductory overview and brief history of Aboriginal Education in the Northern Territory. Batchelor: Batchelor Press.
    McInerney, D. M., Fasoli, L., Stephenson, P., & Herbert, J. (2012). Building the future for remote Indigenous students in Australia. An examination of future goals, motivation, learning and achievement in cultural context. In J. N. Franco and A. E. Svensgaard (Eds.). Handbook on Psychology of Motivation: New Research. NOVA Press, New York.
    Nicholson, R. & Stephenson, P. (2011) ‘Natural Environments as Determinants of Health’ in Helen Keleher and Colin MacDougall (eds) Understanding Health. 3rd ed. pp 157-170. Oxford University Press. Melbourne.
    Blandin de Chalain, G. & Stephenson, P. (2009) ‘The Built Environment as a Determinant of Health’ in Helen Keleher and Colin MacDougall (eds) Understanding Health. 2nd ed. pp 134-150. Oxford University Press. Melbourne.
    Nicholson, R. & Stephenson, P. (2004) ‘Environmental Determinants of Health’ in Helen Keleher and Berni Murphy (eds) Understanding Health. Oxford University Press. Melbourne.
    Stephenson, P. & Galloway, V. (2004) ‘Problem-based learning’ in Griff Foley (ed) The Learning Dimension: Understanding Adult Education and Learning. Allen and Unwin. Sydney.
    Stephenson, P. (2003) Environmental Health Planning and Action: A Handbook for Indigenous Practitioners, Batchelor Press, Batchelor.
    Nicholson, R., Stephenson, P., Brown, V.A. & Mitchell, K. (Eds) (2002) Common Ground & Common Sense: Community-based Environmental Health Planning – An Action Handbook, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
    Brown, V.A., R. Nicholson & Stephenson P. (2002) ‘Environmental Health Policy in a Time of Change’ in Heather Gardner & Simon Barraclough (eds) Health Policy in Australia. 2nd ed. pp 159-175 Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
    Davis-Chilly, B., Simpson, R., Stephenson, P., Thompson, A. & Wind, A. (2002) ‘Future-directed Action: linking environment and health’ in R. Nicholson, P. Stephenson,
    Brown, V.A. & Mitchell, K. (Eds) Common Ground and Common Sense: Community-based Environmental Health Planning – An Action Handbook, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.

    REFEREED JOURNALS

    Herbert, J., McInerney, D., Fasoli, L., Stephenson, P., & Ford, L. (under review) Indigenous secondary education in the NT: Building for the Future, Australian Journal of Indigenous Education.
    Holmes, C, Fasoli, L. & Stephenson, P (2013). Evaluation of the Family Support Package: A Community Perspective. For General Dissemination. Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Batchelor, NT
    Wayte, K; Bailie, R and Stephenson, P. (2005). “Improving the feedback of housing information to Indigenous communities.” Environmental Health. The Journal of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health 5(2) pp 36-47.
    Stephenson, P. (2004). “Knowledge for Practice: Information needs of environmental health practitioners for Indigenous communities.” Environmental Health. The Journal of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health 4(4) pp 37-46.
    Nicholson R and Stephenson, P (2003) “Towards a new environmental health practice: the challenges of change.” Environmental Health Focus. Vol 1, Issues 2. pp 41-49.
    Stephenson, P. (2002) “Mainstreaming the Agenda: Indigenous environmental health at the crossroads.” Environmental Health. The Journal of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health 2(3) pp 53-65.
    Stephenson, P. (2001) “Environmental Health Action in Indigenous Communities.” Environmental Health. The Journal of the Australian Institute of Environmental Health 1(1) pp 72-81.
    Stephenson, P. (2001)“Indigenous Communities Environmental Health: A Workforce Capacity Building Program Overview.” Environmental Health Review – Australia Vol. 29, Issue 4, p. 62.

    RESEARCH & PROJECT REPORTS

    Holmes, C., Fasoli, L. & Stephenson, P. (2012) Community perspectives on the Family Support Package. Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Batchelor, Northern Territory
    Holmes, C., Fasoli, L., & Stephenson, P. (2011). Evaluation of the Family Support Package: A community perspective Report, for Northern Territory Government Department of Children and Families. Darwin. Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
    Holmes, C. & Stephenson, P. (2011) Evaluation of the Elders Visiting Program. Research Report for the Northern Territory Government, Department of Justice.
    Young, E; Holmes, C & Stephenson, P. (2009) Indigenous Community Engagement – Review of the Environmental Impact Procedures of the Northern Territory. NT Environment Protection Authority, Darwin. http://www.epa.nt.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/eia_community_engagement_report.pdf
    Stephenson, P. (2009) Review of the Fiji School of Medicine/University of South Pacific Bachelor of Environmental Health, FSM, Fiji.
    Stephenson, P., Young, E., Williamson, P. & Holmes, C. (2009) Evaluation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Worker Mentor Program, Queensland Health.
    Stephenson, P., Williamson, P. & Devine, A. (2008) Development of an Employment & Workforce Development Framework for the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP). Parsons Brinckerhoff and NT Department of Local Government, Housing and Sport, Darwin
    Stephenson, P. with CS&HISC (2007) Development & Implementation of a Resource Kit to Support Trainers to put the Population Health Training Package into Effect Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra
    Stephenson, P. & ECA P/L (2005) Interim Evaluation of the Cape York Indigenous Environmental Health Worker Pilot Program. Queensland Health, Queensland
    Stephenson, P. & Williamson, P. (2005) Developing a Unit of Competency for Community Housing Assessment Indigenous Housing Authority of the Northern Territory
    Stephenson, P. (2004) Indigenous Communities Environmental Health Workforce Capacity Building Program, 2001-2003: Final Report to ATSIS/Department of Health and Ageing, Regional Integrated Monitoring Centre, University of Western Sydney
    Stephenson, P. (2003) Indigenous Australian Environmental Health Workforce Development in WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Annual Report 2002. The Centre of Environmental Health Development, University of Western Sydney.
    Stephenson, P. (2002) The Double Bind and the Double Burden: Implications for the professional education and practice of Indigenous environmental health practitioners. Doctor of Education Thesis, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo.
    Brown, V. A., Nicholson, R., Stephenson, P., Bennett, K., & Smith, J. (2001) Grass Roots and Common Ground: Guidelines for Community-based Environmental Health Action - a discussion paper. Regional Integrated Monitoring Centre Occasional Paper No. 2, University of Western Sydney.
    Brown, V. A., Stephenson, P. & Mitchell, K. (2001) Indigenous Communities Environmental Health Research and Development Program, 1997-2001: Final Report to ATSIC/OATSIH, Regional Integrated Monitoring Centre Occasional Paper No. 3, University of Western Sydney.
    Stephenson, P. (2001) Power Relations and Professional Practice: Issues for Indigenous Professional Education, in Indigenous Communities Environmental Health Research and Development Program, 1997-2001. V. A. Brown, P. Stephenson and K. Mitchell, Regional Integrated Monitoring Centre Occasional Paper No. 3, University of Western Sydney.
    Smith, J., Stephenson, P. & Brown, V.A. (2000) State and Territory Environmental Health Planning Frameworks. Regional Integrated Monitoring Centre. University of Western Sydney.
    Stephenson, P. (1999) Indigenous Knowledge and Environmental Health in WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Activities Report 1997-1999. B. Powis, J. Ireland & J. Kilo, The Centre of Environmental Health Development, University of Western Sydney.
    Stephenson, P. (1999) Power and Context in Professional Education: Insights from an Indigenous Training Program in the Field of Environmental Health, Doctoral Paper, University of Technology, Sydney.
    Stephenson, P (1997) National Environmental Health Framework in Cambodia in WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Activities Report 1995-1997. B. Powis, J. Ireland & J. Kilo, University of Western Sydney.
    Stephenson, P. (1997) Establishing an Environmental Health Service in Cambodia - A Proposal to the Ministry of Health Workforce Planning Unit in WHO Mission Report No. 2 on a National Environmental Health Strategy and Human Resources Development Plan in Cambodia, J. Ireland & P. Stephenson. World Health Organisation, Manila.
    Stephenson, P. (1997) Managing the Environment for Health Cambodia - A Funding Proposal in WHO Mission Report No. 2 on a National Environmental Health Strategy and Human Resources Development Plan in Cambodia, J. Ireland & P. Stephenson. World Health Organisation, Manila.
    Brown, V.A, Stephenson, P. & Mitchell, K. (1997). Report on a Workshop on Issues of Environmental Health in Indigenous Communities. Alice Springs, University of Western Sydney.
    Ireland, J. & Stephenson, P. (1996) A Healthy Cities Project Document in WHO Mission Report No. 1 on a National Environmental Health Strategy and Human Resources Development Plan in Cambodia, J. Ireland & P. Stephenson. World Health Organisation, Manila.
    Stephenson, P. (1995) Towards Design Thinking in Environmental Health – A Review of the Environmental Health Undergraduate Programs at UWS Hawkesbury. Thesis for Masters of Environmental Studies, University of New South Wales. Kensington.
    For more publications and other research outcomes by Dr Stephenson, visit Batchelor Institute’s Research Repository.

    PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS

    Evaluation of the Family Support Package: A community perspective Duration: June – Sept 2011 Principal Investigators: Dr Catherine Holmes, Dr Lyn Fasoli, Dr Peter Stephenson Funded by Department of Family and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and NT Department of Children and Families (DCF) ($198,000), the project evaluated community views of the ‘Family Support Package’ (FSP). The FSP has three components: 22 Safe Places for men and women; 2 Mobile Child Protection Teams (MCPT); and Remote Aboriginal Family and Community Workers (RAFCWs). The FSP aims to provide coordinated responses to Indigenous family violence in a number of NT communities and protect Indigenous children and families from abuse and violence. Indigenous community perspectives have largely been omitted from previous evaluations and needed to guide and inform future program directions were documented and reported through this project.
    Evaluation of the Elders Visiting Program Duration: 2008 – 2011 Principal Investigators: Dr Peter Stephenson and Dr Catherine Holmes Funded by the NT Department of Corrective Services ($73,000), this project evaluated the first 5 years of the Elders Visiting Program (EVP) - a program designed to (i) support the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous inmates by maintaining their links to community and culture while in prison; and (ii) improve the reintegration prospects of Indigenous offenders by Elders talking with inmates about behaviours that led to their incarceration and discussing their post-release plans, obligations and expectations upon returning to community. The evaluation: documented the critical factors that underpinned the development of the EVP; reviewed the performance and outcomes of the EVP; documented and reviewed the processes and practices of and relationships between inmates, the prison service, relevant government agencies, Elders and their respective communities; and highlighted program strengths and limitations in order to make recommendations on how the EVP could be improved and/or expanded.
    AusStage Phase 4: Harnessing collective intelligence and pioneering new visual methodologies for innovative research into Australian live performance. Duration: 2010 – 2012 Principal Investigators: Prof Julie Holledge, Dr Jonathan Bollen, Dr Peter Stephenson and AusStage Consortium Funded by the Australian Research Council LIEF Program, the AusStage Phase 4 project adopted an innovative ‘citizen science’ approach to strengthening its network-accessible research infrastructure for live performance. This project built new mechanisms on existing infrastructure to harness collective intelligence, pioneered data visualisation techniques, delivered next-generation tools and services for information analysis, and further populated the database with comprehensive coverage of live performance in Australia. As with earlier AusStage projects, Phase 4 drew upon collaborative expertise to chart geographic flows of performance, artistic collaborations and creativity and to link researchers across universities, government and industry.
    (1) Discovery Project entitled DP0662865 Securing the Future: Optimising the success of Remote Indigenous students at post-secondary education. A cross cultural study & (2) Linkage Project entitled LP0561651 Building the Future for Indigenous Students. The relationship between future vision, learning and motivational profiles in school success. Duration: 2004-2010 Chief Investigator1: Dr Lyn Fasoli Co-Chief Investigators: Dr Jeannie Herbert (CSU), Prof Peter Stephenson, Prof Dennis McInnerney Funded by the Australian Research Council, these linked projects aimed at increasing what we know about what makes students do well in their study at secondary and tertiary levels. Together these projects will provide practical Territory, national and internationally insights into NT students’ educational and life motivations and their relationship to educational achievement. The student motivation is examined in terms of future goals, achievement goals, self-concept, perceived value of education, learning strategies and self-regulation.
    Indigenous Communities Environmental Health Workforce Capacity Building Program Duration: 2001-2003 Principal Investigators: Prof Valerie Brown, Dr Peter Stephenson and Kathy Mitchell. Funded by the ATSIC and Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care ($330,000), this project aimed to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous environmental health practitioners to enter the mainstream workforce, and to bring Indigenous communities' health standards into line with the rest of Australia. The program was to establish (a) a networked Indigenous Environmental Health workforce linked to mainstream environmental health action, (b) a career path within the potential Indigenous professional workforce, and (c) a coordinated professional and research information base for Indigenous Environmental Health practice.
    Indigenous Communities’ Environmental Health Research and Development Grant Duration: 1997-2000 Principal Investigators: Prof Valerie Brown, Dr Peter Stephenson and Kathy Mitchell. Funded by ATSIC and OATSIH ($480,000), this project developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to guide the establishment, documentation and application of undergraduate Environmental Health education and career development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The grant provided funding assistance to UWS to support the first cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) by distance education, and to develop the potential for an Indigenous Environmental Health workforce.
    The double bind and the double burden: Implications for the professional education and practice of Indigenous environmental health practitioners - Doctoral research Duration: 1996-2001 Principal Researcher: Dr Peter Stephenson Completed through the University of Technology, Sydney in 2001, this doctoral research explored the capacity of a university program, even with a nationally accredited distance education curriculum, to meet the needs of Indigenous participants. In particular, the research examined whether core problem-based learning subjects of the program adequately prepared Indigenous students to work effectively in their complex and power-laden professional settings.
  • CURRENT SUPERVISION

    Principal Supervisor - PhD

    Sandy O'Sullivan
    Mapping an internationalization program of Indigenous Australian research and research training activities at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

    Helen Bishop
    Ngirrwut Mookununggunuk: the survival of Koongurrukun gini – education and knowledge transfer in the 21st C.

    Principal Supervisor - Masters

    Cheryl Davis
    Perceptions, knowledge and experiences of Indigenous Australians with live kidney donation.