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Associate Professor Michael Whelan
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Other Medical and Health Sciences, Specialist Studies in Education
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (University of Queensland), MCreatArts (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), BA(Drama) (Queensland University of Technology), ADPerfA (Brisbane College of Adv. Ed.)


Autism, Creative Practice, Post school transition, Music

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Associate Professor Michael Whelan is an academic, writer, musician and autism advocate. Michael has written music and directed productions for theatre companies and festivals including Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Access Arts, Qld Youth Arts Festival and the Sydney Festival. In addition to his interdisciplinary live arts practice, Michael has written and directed a range of short films on topics ranging from post school transition for young people with autism to youth at risk and bullying. Michael was a foundation contributor and state editor for the AMEB’s Contemporary Popular Music syllabus and was an examiner from 1995 – 2000. In addition to his memoir, The Other Country which was published by Pan Macmillan in 2008, Michael also wrote the documentary film What are you doing?. This educational film for school audiences on the topic of social inclusion and autism was distributed to every school in Australia and was screened at the United Nations in New York as part of World Autism Day activities in April, 2013.

Michael’s recent research involves the role of creative practice programs in supporting young people experiencing equity and access obstacles in the transition transition from school to tertiary education and training.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Michael Whelan.


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Awards and recognition

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The timely and continuous transfer of knowledge from the Autism CRC¿s Program 2 research output to educators and students with diverse learning needs is critical. The Living Portal project aims to step outside of the single project utilisation brief and provide a whole-of-program solution to meet this emergent need. The aims of this utilisation project are to: - Create a prototype dynamic eLearning resource which can be used to transfer evidence based knowledge from the CRC to educators and other stakeholders in the education system; - Develop a delivery format which utilises existing and future delivery infrastructure and media formats; - Develop a knowledge transfer methodology which integrates both educational pedagogies and communication design methods; - Consult widely with all state-based and national stakeholders including, teachers, clinical staff, principals guidance officers, therapists and policy makers; - Liaise with Autism CRC communications staff to ensure the de


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Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)