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Dr Louise McCuaig

BHMS (Education), PhD

Louise McCuaig is Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education at The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement Studies and a representative of the Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).   Louise’s teaching and research addresses the curriculum, pedagogical and assessment practices of school based health education, and the impact of teacher education, caring teachers and health literacy curricula on young people’s healthy living practices. Louise’s research relating to health literacy and salutogenic models of health and wellbeing contributed to the development of the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and new Queensland Senior Health syllabus.   As a leader of the HPE profession, Louise has served on a range of committees for organisations such as ACHPER, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Education Queensland, Health Promoting Schools Association and the ACARA Health and Physical Education Advisory Panel. Louise’s innovative work within HPE teacher education and professional development has been recognised with the awarding of a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, Family Planning Queensland Roll of Honour and Australian Professional Teachers Association (APTA) Meritorious Contribution to the Profession Award. In 2017 Louise was the recipient of an ACHPER Fellow Award for her strategic leadership of the Australian HPE teachers’ profession and commitment to teacher’s professional development.   Louise joined the Oral Health Advisory Panel to advocate for increasing and improving the ways in which oral and general health are incorporated into school curriculums across Australia, as well as for increased professional development opportunities for teachers.

Recent articles by Dr Louise McCuaig

Filling the Science Cavity in Oral Health Education: What can Schools Realistically Achieve?


Teeth? Not something that springs to mind when we consider quality education and teachers’ work. Yet oral health care affords an intriguing insight into the challenges facing schools and teachers as they navigate the competing demands of student health and...

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