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Associate Professor Michael Whelan
Associate Professor
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Other Medical and Health Sciences, Specialist Studies in Education
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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 diversity advocate. Michael has led numerous interdisciplinary creative arts projects working with young people with autism spectrum conditions, students from Indigenous backgrounds in regional communities and young people from refugee backgrounds. Michael was awarded the 2019 QUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Innovation and Creative Practice.

In addition to his interdisciplinary live arts practice and autism research, 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. His short film on social inclusion and autism for Australian schools titled “What are you doing?” was premiered at the United Nations in New York for World Autism Day in 2013.

Michael is the project leader of the Autism Cooperative Research Centre’s knowledge translation resource, InclusionED. InclusionED is an online professional learning community, co-designed with educators, for educators and provides free evidence-based and research-informed teaching practices and tools to support diverse learners in inclusive classrooms.

Along with colleagues from QUT, Michael co-authored two books, Research Approaches to Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Schools and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Schools (Routledge) in 2021 which showcase the work of the Education Program of the Autism CRC.


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Michael Whelan.


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