Natalie McMaster

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Natalie McMaster


Teaching areas

  • EDU333 Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Early Years
  • EDU317 Teaching Health and Physical Education in Primary School
  • EDU221 Curriculum B Middle Years 4 - 10: Assessment for Learning (HPE tutorials)
  • EDU211 Pedagogy and Assessment for Learning
  • EDU101 Human Development and Learning

Research areas

  • health and physical education
  • assessment
  • curriculum implementation and curriculum fidelity

Natalie McMaster started her teaching career in a bilingual school in a remote community in the Northern Territory and continued teaching in various remote communities in early childhood, primary and middle years settings. She moved into the corporate area of education as Education Advisor for Physical Education, undertaking education policy and teacher professional development roles for the Department of Education in the Northern Territory. In 2011, Natalie was on the Australian Curiculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), Health and Physical Education National Panel and began working for ACARA as an advisor on Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia priority in its inclusion in Health and Physical Education. She went on to become a writer for the Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education.

Passionate about Health and Physical Education in education, Natalie has created online courses for teachers and has presented numerous workshops and seminars for teachers in urban, provincial, remote and very remote schools and at conferences around Australia. She is on the National Board for the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), having previously been the President of ACHPER Northern Territory for 5 years. Natalie continues this interest in the courses she teaches, her research and program development. Natalie has commenced her PhD research in the Northern Territory on teacher's perspectives on the 'health work' that they do in schools as part of an Australian Research Grant (ARC) with University of Queensland's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences.

Natalie is a lecturer in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Primary Education and Graduate Diploma of Education programs and works at both the Sippy Downs and Gympie campus.



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