Associate Professor Caroline Ellison

Academic Status

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences Building (S272)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Caroline Ellison is a Developmental Educator, education practitioner and consultant. Caroline's PhD explored 'Leisure in Retirement for Indviduals with Intellectual Disability'. Caroline teaches in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit at Flinders as well as in the for Education in the Certificate of Special Education in Singapore which is a collaboration between Flinders University and The Singapore Social Institute (SSI). Caroline has a strong commitment to the active inclusion of all people in our communities, particularly those experiencing discrimination and disadvantage. Caroline innovates around teaching by facilitating learnning for local and external students using technology. Caroline possesses significant skills in research and working collaboratively with stake-holders living with disability.

Special interests include; International Development and Inclusive Disability Development; Leisure, Arts, Learning through Play, Social and Emotional Development, Ageing, Protective Behaviours and Sexuality, Community Development, Social Inclusion, Active Participation, Community Based Learning in Higher Education, Qualitative Methodologies, Restless Dance Theatre,Tutti Ensemble and Community Living Project.

Qualifications
PhD, Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) Hons
Graduate Certificate in Applied History and Heritage Studies
Honours, awards and grants

In 2011 Caroline was award the inaugural Dot Mills Award by the Developmental Educators Association as Developmental Educator of the year for her contribution to disability services and the profession.

Autism Professional Learning Project undertaken by members of the Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute (FEFRI) in collaboration with partners from Autism SA, TAFE SA and Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). CIs Bissaker K., McMillan J., Ellison C., Davies L., Cray J., Clark T & Papatraianou L. 2013.

Key responsibilities

Head of Teaching Section, Topic Coordination and Teaching in Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education. Community Involvement around Governance and Disability Organisations, Staff Training, Evaluation and Strategic Planning.

Research expertise
Creative Arts
Disability
International relations
Performing arts and creative writing
Sexuality Studies
Sociology
Specialist studies in education
Research interests

Caroline leads an ongoing research project called 'Sing for Life' which is evaluation and exploring perceptions around well-being and involved in the Tutti Community Choir which has been extended to include participants from across the globe and issues of the characteristics and supports that facilitate people living with disability in careers as professional artists.

Caroline has supervised to completion several honors theses as Primary Supervisor including a current project exploring outcomes for children living with disability engaged in arts programs. In addition, Caroline is currently Associate Supervisor on several PhDs and Primary Supervisor on a PhD around Sexuality, Social Media and Young Adults Living with Disability. Being in a teaching focus role Caroline is also interested in Research around Higher Education and Pedagogy and recently presented in the USA at a Lily Teaching and Learning Conference.

In 2009/2010 Caroline in collaboration with a number of disability and age care provides in South Australia and with support from the MS McLeod Benevolent Trust undertook a study of the benefits and efficacy of community based aged care supports in assisting individuals living with disability to avoid institutional outcomes.

In 2012 Caroline lead an Australian Leadership Award with Indonesia and has a particular research interest in Disability issues from and International Perspective. Caroline is a member of the AAIDD Association Special International Interest Group and is a member of ASSID and IASSID.

Teaching interests

Caroline's main focus of local teaching is around the attitudes and values surrounding social role valorisation, person centred practice, active support, citizenship, diversity, community development, inclusive international disability development, international student mobility and practica, positive behaviour support and the active participation of individuals living with disability in our communities. In addition specific areas of interest include sexuality relationships, leisure, arts, PBS and ageing for individuals living with disability. Caroline has a keen interest in work integrated and community based learning for higher education students. Other interests include delivering formal higher education and professional development programs off shore in order to share skills and expertise.

Topic coordinator
DSRS9067 Leisure, Disabilty and Rehabilitation
DSRS1209 Human Diversity
DSRS1201 Perspectives on Disability
DSRS4101 Leisure Arts and Disability
DSRS9052 Design and Evaluation of Disability Programs
DSRS9058 Positive Leadership for Positive Lives
Topic lecturer
DSRS1209 Human Diversity
DSRS9067 Leisure, Disability and Rehabilitation
DSRS1202 Lifespan Development
DSRS1201 Perspectives on Disability
DSRS4101 Leisure Arts and Disability
DSRS9052 Design and Evaluation of Disability Programs
DSRS9058 Positive Leadership for Positive Lives
Supervisory interests
Ageing and disability
Aid, international development and trade in services
Arts
Community
Community development
Cultural experience of disability
Disability and community rehabilitation
Disability support workers
Disability, qualitative research
Higher education
Human rights, international
Sexuality
Special education
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Disability and Access to Nature Tourism (1), Disability and Dance Theatre (1), Sexuality, Social Media and Disability (1)
Associate supervisor: Emerging Adulthood and Disability (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Autism and Parental Perspectives in Laos (1), Access to Arts for Children with Disability (1)
Associate supervisor: Disability Students and International WIL (1), Aspbergers and Adulthood (1), Vision Impairment and Guide Dogs (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Emmanuel Bassey

Study Adelaide International Student of the year - DEC 2016

Publications
Expert for media contact
Arts
Community/Public health
Disability
Education - Special
Rehabilitation
Social inclusion
Ageing and Individuals Living with Disability
Community and Active Inclusion of Individulals Living with Disability
Leisure, and Disability
Sexuality and Disability
The Arts and Disability
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Researcher
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Media expertise
  • Arts
  • Community/Public health
  • Disability
  • Education - Special
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social inclusion
Interests
  • Ageing and Individuals Living with Disability
  • Community and Active Inclusion of Individulals Living with Disability
  • Leisure, and Disability
  • Sexuality and Disability
  • The Arts and Disability

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