Natalie McMaster

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Natalie McMaster


Teaching areas

  • EDU103 Assessing Learning
  • EDU216 Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Early Years of Schooling
  • EDU300 Assessing Learning
  • EDU317 Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Primary Years of Schooling
  • EDU416 Teaching Health and Physical Education and Technologies in Primary School
  • EDU779 Teaching Health and Physical Education in Primary School (Masters)

Research areas

  • health and physical education
  • assessment
  • curriculum implementation and curriculum fidelity
  • technology and ICT integration in teaching programs


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 Curriculum, 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.

Natalie 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 five years. She is also the chairperson of the ACHPER Active and Healthy Schools Committee (AHSC), established to assist in advancing ACHPER's engagement with health education communities relevant to Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Sport fields and professional contexts.

Natalie is finalising her PhD research in the Northern Territory on teachers' 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. Passionate about Health and Physical Education in education, Natalie has been contracted by Oxford University to write a textbook titled Teaching Health and Physical Education in Early Childhood and Primary Years of Schooling due for publication in September 2018. She 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.

Technologies curriculum is also an area of interest for Natalie and she designed the USC ieducate initiative which aims to improve preservice teacher knowledge, confidence and skills in integrating technology and ICT into teaching programs. USC's goal is to be a primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast and the USC ieducate program has been designed to meet this goal.

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.

In 2017, Natalie was nominated for the Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Engagement.

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