Position/s

Head of Screen and Media, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Screen and Media

Biography

After graduating from UNSW Alison worked in film and television at the BBC, Film Australia, ABC, and SBS, studied Producing at AFTRS and worked as an independent producer in Sydney before moving to Adelaide to teach Screen Production at Flinders University. 

Alison continues to produce, write and direct and is currently in production for a series of documentaries on bullying research in India. Her most recent work is the series Asperger's and Bullying. Her educational resource Come into My World, about Alzheimer's was nominated for an ATOM award in 2009. Alison was the recipient of a C.A.S.S fellowship and has taught internationally at Butler University, Indianapolis, CUHK (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of performing Arts in Prague).

Alison is on the board of the SHORTS film festival, South Australian Screen Industry CouncilASPERA, and is a corresponding member of CILECT.

Qualifications

BA Dip ED Hons, UNSW
PhD Flinders University

Honours, awards and grants

Faculty of Health Sciences Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award 2009

Nominated for ATOM Award, Best Instructional/Training Resource, Come Into My World: How to interact with a Person who has Dementia, 2009

Examples of her work can be viewed at 
http://www.youtube.com/user/AlisonWotherspoon

Key responsibilities

School of Humanities
Head of Screen and Media
Coordinator Screen and Media Practicum 
Senior Lecturer

Flinders University
Member Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee

Teaching interests

Documentary, short drama, directing, producing, scriptwriting, marketing and distribution, location sound recording.

Topic Coordinator:

  • SCME2070  Screen Production Techniques 4
  • SCME3050  Screen Production Techniques 4
  • SCME3100  Screen and Media Practicum
  • SCME7050  Honours Production 1, Major Project Pre-Production
  • SCME7055  Honours Production 3, Major Project Production
  • SCME7058  Screen and Media Practicum

Topic Lecturer:

  • SCME1070  Screen Production Techniques 1
  • SCME1071  Screen Production Techniques 2

Research expertise

  • Creative Arts
  • Film, television and digital media
  • Other education

Research interests

Documentary, Australian screen industry, producing, best practice in bullying interventions in schools, evidence based video resources about bullying, cyberbullying, Alzheimer's, dementia, aspergers, women's health, Chinese screen industry, creativity.


Examples of Alison's work can be viewed on YouTube 

Publications

  • Wotherspoon, A.J., Cox, G. and Slee, P. (2012). Using mobile phones to counter cyberbullying: An innovative project. In A Costabile & B Spears, ed. The Impact of Technology on Relationships in Educational Settings. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 178-187.
    [Web Link]
  • Wotherspoon, A.J., Cox, G. and Slee, P. (2011). Working outside of the boundaries. In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 275-284.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A.J., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M.L., et al. (2009). Come into my world : h ow to interact with a person who has dementia. Bedford Park, SA: Flinders University.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Bradley, S., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M., et al. (2010). An interdisciplinary educational resource on person-centred dementia care to prevent challenging behaviours in persons with dementia. In Seminar Handbook. The Junction, NSW: Change Champions P/L. Whose Challenging Behaviours: Meeting th needs of older people with dementia Seminar. Sydney, NSW. Apr 2010.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Bradley, S., Walter, B., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M., et al. (2010). Dancing with dementia. In Conference program. Alberta, Canada: International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM). Challenging the Boundaries, the 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference (QHR) Vancouver, Canada. Oct 2010.
  • Walter, B.K., De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A.J., Guerin, P.B., Paterson, J.B., et al. (2009). Case studies from the field to inform the production of an educational resource for tertiary students on dementia care. In XIXth IAGG world congress of gerontology and geriatrics, longevity, health and wealth. XIXth IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Longevity, Health and Wealth. Paris, France. Jul 2009.
  • Wotherspoon, A.J., De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M., et al. (2009). Use of digital media to engage undergraduate students in person-centred care. In Wotherspoon, A., De Bellis, A., Bradley, S., Walter, B., Guerin, P., Cecchin, M., ed. Connecting the dots : geriatric nursing, education, and simulation conference. Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Simulation Conference. North Carolina, USA. Apr 2009.
  • Paterson, J.B., De Bellis, A.M., Guerin, P.B., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A.J., Walter, B.K., et al. (2009). Interdisciplinary research and education for undergraduate healthcare students about person-centred dementia care. In XIXth IAGG world congress of gerontology and geriatrics : longevity, health and wealth. XIXth IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics: Longevity, Health and Wealth. Paris, France. Jul 2009.
  • Guerin, P.B., De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A.J., Walter, B.K., Cecchin, M., et al. (2009). A multidisciplinary approach for the education of undergraduate healthcare students in person-centred care, dementia conference and workshops. In Guerin, P., De Bellis, A., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A., Walter, B., Cecchin, M., ed. Creating successful dementia care : a multidisciplinary approach : abstracts. Creating successful dementia care: A multidisciplinary approach. University of Western Sydney. Jul 2009, pp. 15-15.
  • Guerin, P.B., De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Walter, B.K., Wotherspoon, A.J., Paterson, J.B., et al. (2009). Interacting with a person who has dementia - a DVD and workbook to engage undergraduate students in person-centred care. In Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation Conference. Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation Conference. Durham, North Carolina. Apr 2009.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Bradley, S., Cecchin, M., et al. (2009). Being mindful of person-centred care when interacting with a person who has dementia. In International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Wiley Interscience. Mind to Care, 35th International Mental Health Nursing Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Sep 2009, pp. A5-A5.
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  • Bradley, S., De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M., et al. (2009). Translating person-centred care for people with dementia to transform undergraduate healthcare student practice. In Australasian Journal on Ageing. Wiley Blackwell. Translation & Transformation, Connecting what we know and what we do. Canberra, ACT, Australia. Nov 2009, pp. A45-A46.
    [10.1111/j.1741-6612.2009.00397.x]
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Bradley, S., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M.L., et al. (2009). Emphasising dementia person-centred care education for undergraduate students across discipline. In Nursing - a sound investment for healthy returns, Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) annual conference program and book of abstracts. Royal College of Nursing. Nursing - a sound investment for healthy returns, Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Sep 2009.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Paterson, J.B., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M.L., Walter, B.K., et al. (2009). How to interact with a person with dementia: a DVD and Workbook for undergraduate health care students on person centred care. In 2009 Alzheimer's Australia Conference, the power is now, moving on dementia. 2009 Alzheimer's Australia Conference, the power is now, moving on dementia. Adelaide, Australia. Jun 2009, pp. 3-3.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Paterson, J.B., Guerin, P.B., Walter, B.K., Cecchin, M., et al. (2008). Interacting with persons who have dementia - the production of an educational DVD and workbook to motivate and engage undergraduate students in person-centred care. In Motivating and Engaging Students: Proceedings of the 3rd Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA) conference. Motivating and Engaging Students, 3rd ERGA Conference. The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. Sep 2008.
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2008). Reducing bullying : evidence based strategies for schools. In Ron Avi Astor, Eric Debardieux, Carlos Neto, ed. 4th world conference on violence at school and public policy. Lisbon, Portugal: Faculdade de Montricidade Humana, Unversidade Tecnica de Lisboa. Violence at school: violence in context?: 4th world conference on violence at school and public policy. Lisbon, Portugal. Jun 2008, pp. 177-177.
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2006). Creative collaboration: creating a film school environment that fosters and encourages creativity. In CILECT Congress 2006, CILECT News. Special Edition ed. Centre international de liaison des ecoles de cinema et de television (CILECT) Congress and General Assembly 2006. Madrid, Spain. Oct 2006, pp. 67-70.
    [Web Link]
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2006). CTV, ABC, SBS and other local digital content providers (panel chair) In ASPERA 2006 Conference Proceedings. National Conference of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) Murdoch, WA. Jun 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • Wight, S. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2006). Bullying - Evidence-based Strategies for Schools: A DVD and support package. In Safer South Australian Schools: Meeting the Challenge of Bullying. Safer South Australian Schools: Meeting the Challenge of Bullying. Adelaide, SA. Jun 2006.
  • Slee, P.T. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2006). Keynote address. In NSSW AGQTP Teacher Education Event. NSSW AGQTP Teacher Education Event. Melbourne, VIC. May 2006.
  • Slee, P.T. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2008). Young Children and Bullying. Every Child, 14(3) pp. 22-23.
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2013). Aspergers' and Bullying: a series of 12 educational videos. Adelaide
  • Wotherspoon, A., Abigail, W. and Carter, H.E. (2012). Sexual and reproductive health promotion for women, including those aged over 30 years. Flinders University
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2012). From Evidence to Screen: a model for producing educational content in the twenty first century. Professor Phillip Slee Dr Ruth Vasey, ed. PhD. Flinders University
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2010). COST Action ISO801 Australian Training School: From research to policy and practice: Innovation and sustainability in cyberbullying prevention, Adelaide
  • Wotherspoon, A.J., De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M., et al. (2009). Come Into My World - How to Interact with a Person who has Dementia: An educational resource for undergraduate healthcare students on person centred care. Adelaide
    [Web Link]
  • Slee, P.T., Murray-Harvey, R. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2008). Coping with school bullying. Adelaide, SA
    [Web Link]
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2006). Anti Cyber Bullying Project. South Australia
    [Web Link]
  • Cox, G., Owens, L.D., Shute, R.H., Slee, P.T., Wright, S. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2006). Reducing bullying: evidence based strategies for schools. Adelaide, SA
    [Web Link]
  • Wotherspoon, A.J. (2002). Very mixed emotions. Australia
  • Stokes, J. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2011). New world order?: Challenges for screen production education in participatory culture. Text, Special Issue 11
    [Web Link]
  • Bradley, S., De Bellis, A.M., Guerin, P.B., Walter, B.K., Wotherspoon, A.J., Cecchin, M., et al. (2010). Reenacted case scenarios for undergraduate healthcare students to illustrate person-centred care in dementia. Educational Gerontology, 36 pp. 809-823.
    [10.1080/03601270903534754] [10.1080/03601270903534754] [Scopus]
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Bradley, S., Walter, B., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M., et al. (2010). Dancing with dementia. In Conference program. Alberta, Canada: International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM). Challenging the Boundaries, the 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference (QHR) Vancouver, Canada. Oct 2010.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Bradley, S., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M., et al. (2010). An interdisciplinary educational resource on person-centred dementia care to prevent challenging behaviours in persons with dementia. In Seminar Handbook. The Junction, NSW: Change Champions P/L. Whose Challenging Behaviours: Meeting th needs of older people with dementia Seminar. Sydney, NSW. Apr 2010.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Wotherspoon, A.J., Paterson, J.B., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M.L., Walter, B.K., et al. (2009). How to interact with a person with dementia: a DVD and Workbook for undergraduate health care students on person centred care. In 2009 Alzheimer's Australia Conference, the power is now, moving on dementia. 2009 Alzheimer's Australia Conference, the power is now, moving on dementia. Adelaide, Australia. Jun 2009, pp. 3-3.
  • Guerin, P.B., De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A.J., Walter, B.K., Cecchin, M., et al. (2009). A multidisciplinary approach for the education of undergraduate healthcare students in person-centred care, dementia conference and workshops. In Guerin, P., De Bellis, A., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A., Walter, B., Cecchin, M., ed. Creating successful dementia care : a multidisciplinary approach : abstracts. Creating successful dementia care: A multidisciplinary approach. University of Western Sydney. Jul 2009, pp. 15-15.
  • De Bellis, A.M., Bradley, S., Wotherspoon, A.J., Walter, B.K., Guerin, P.B., Cecchin, M.L., et al. (2009). Come into my world : h ow to interact with a person who has dementia. Bedford Park, SA: Flinders University.
  • Wotherspoon, A.J., Cox, G. and Slee, P. (2012). Using mobile phones to counter cyberbullying: An innovative project. In A Costabile & B Spears, ed. The Impact of Technology on Relationships in Educational Settings. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 178-187.
    [Web Link]
  • Wotherspoon, A.J., Cox, G. and Slee, P. (2011). Working outside of the boundaries. In Shute, R. H., Slee, P. T., Murray-Harvey, R., & Dix, K. L., ed. Mental health and wellbeing: Educational perspectives. Adelaide, SA: Shannon Research Press, pp. 275-284.
  • Stokes, J. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2011). New world order?: Challenges for screen production education in participatory culture. Text, Special Issue 11
    [Web Link]
  • Bradley, S., De Bellis, A.M., Guerin, P.B., Walter, B.K., Wotherspoon, A.J., Cecchin, M., et al. (2010). Reenacted case scenarios for undergraduate healthcare students to illustrate person-centred care in dementia. Educational Gerontology, 36 pp. 809-823.
    [10.1080/03601270903534754] [10.1080/03601270903534754] [Scopus]
  • Slee, P.T. and Wotherspoon, A.J. (2008). Young Children and Bullying. Every Child, 14(3) pp. 22-23.

Professional and community engagement

Board Member, SHORTS Film Festival
Executive Member, ASPERA (Australian Screen Education and Research Association)
Executive Member, SASIC (South Australian Screen Industry Council)
Corresponding Member CILECT

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Aggression
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Bullying
  • China
  • Cinema
  • Education - Policy
  • Film

Interests

  • Screen Production education and training pathways
  • Women in film and television
  • Bullying interventions
  • Cyber Bullying

Contact

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