Centre for Health and Social Research

Joanne a’Beckett
Australian Catholic University

School of Education and Arts


Relevant professional roles
Chair Disability Sports Victoria, Victorian Olympic Committee Education Commission, Mentor, Women in Business network, ACU Tertiary Supervisor PEP , ACU Health Education in schools lecturer, Sport Coaching Theories and Practise- The University of Melbourne, lecturer.

Brief summary of expertise
Joanne is currently the Chair of Disability Sports Victoria and this voluntary position requires the advocacy for sport for all and the adaption of appropriate sport and recreational activities that allow people with disabilities to benefit from participation in sport and recreation. The Pegasus program was supported by funding from the Victorian government and aimed to identify children with physical disabilities in mainstream schools and consider methods of inclusion and adaption of teaching practice that will allow these children to develop their self confidence and social connectedness to their peers and the school community. The challenges for this program were enormous and all involved agreed, that there is much work to be done to evolve our schools in their efforts to include all students in their care. Joanne currently lectures methods of inclusion and barriers to participation as part of the Sports Coaching Theories and Practise program at The University of Melbourne. She is the lecturer in Health Education in Schools as part of the graduate teaching programs offered at ACU Melbourne and advises and consults for both State and National Sporting and Health organizations in Victoria. Joanne began her career as a HPE and Sport teacher in schools and has held a variety of positions in these areas that include program coordination and design and professional learning manager for the state subject association.

Completed disability research projects

  • DSV Pegasus program

Current disability research projects

  • Creating inclusive learning environments in schools.