Doctor Christina Curry

Doctor Christina Curry

DAP - Secondary Education,
Secondary Education (SoE)

Primary Education (SoE)


Dr Christina Curry is an experienced leader with a demonstrated track record in governance, education and people development. With 20 years’ experience in the education sector Christina has developed and refined her skills in education policy, professional development and community engagement. Christina is currently Director of Secondary Education at Western Sydney University and is a researcher and lecturer in Leadership, Health and Physical Education. Prior to this appointment she worked as a Head of Department in a secondary school for the NSW Department of Education. Christina completed a PhD in 2013, and regularly presents workshops, having also been an invited speaker in Australia, NZ, Macau and the UK.

Christina has extensive experience in governance from her roles as Chairman of Bayside Women’s Shelter, non-executive director of ClubsNSW, The Randwick Club Group, Civic Risk Mutual and Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Christina has a strong understanding of community engagement and advocating for better services through her role as an elected local government councillor. As a Patron of a women and children’s centre Christina is a strong advocate for women and diversity and is often invited to present keynotes on diversity.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Curry.


  • MEd University of Sydney
  • Teac Department of School Education NSW


  • VC Learning and Teaching Award, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2014-03-01

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Secondary Education (SoE)
  • Primary Education (SoE)


Phone: (02) 47360 257
Location: J.G.14
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 102098 Contemporary Teacher Leadership
  • A1427 Physical Education Curriculum 1


Chapters in Books

  • Curry, C. and Light, R. (2014), 'The influence of school context on the implementation of TGfU across a secondary school physical education department', Contemporary Developments in Games Teaching, Routledge 9780415821193.
  • Curry, C. and Knijnik, J. (2013), 'Physical education and the after-school sports program in Australian schools : barriers and challenges for the 21st century', Global Perspectives on Physical Education and After-School Sport Programs, University Press of America 9780761861171.
  • Curry, C. (2013), 'Oztag', Game Sense: Pedagogy for Performance, Participation and Enjoyment, Routledge 9780415532877.
  • Curry, C. (2013), 'Ultimate frisbee', Game Sense: Pedagogy for Performance, Participation and Enjoyment, Routledge 9780415532877.
  • Zammit, K. and Curry, C. (2013), 'Literacy and health and physical education working together', Literacy Across the Curriculum, Common Ground 9781612291420.

Journal Articles

  • Evans, J. and Curry, C. (2018), 'Implementing sport, physical activity and physical education in New South Wales, Australia, primary schools', Agora for Physical Education and Sports, vol 20, no 1 , pp 27 - 45.
  • Yager, Z., Gray, T., Curry, C. and McLean, S. (2017), 'Body dissatisfaction, excessive exercise, and weight change strategies used by first-year undergraduate students : comparing health and physical education and other education students', Journal of Eating Disorders, vol 5, no 1 .
  • Knijnik, J. and Curry, C. (2014), '"I know PE is important but I don't feel confident teaching it" : Australian primary pre-service teachers' feelings and thoughts about teaching physical education', International Journal of Sport Studies, vol 4, no 3 , pp 289 - 296.
  • Light, R., Curry, C. and Mooney, A. (2014), 'Game sense as a model for delivering quality teaching in physical education', Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, vol 5, no 1 , pp 67 - 81.
  • Light, R. and Curry, C. (2009), 'Children's reasons for joining sport clubs and staying in them : a case study of a Sydney soccer club', Healthy Lifestyles Journal, vol 56, no 1 , pp 23 - 27.

Conference Papers

  • Attard, C. and Curry, C. (2012), 'Exploring the use of iPads to engage young students with mathematics', Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Conference, Singapore.
  • Curry, C. and Light, R. (2007), 'Addressing the NSW Quality Teaching Framework in physical education : is game sense the answer?', Asia Pacific Conference on Teaching Sport and Physical Education for Understanding, The University of Sydney.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Research into Outdoor Education Learner Attribution Theory: The Effects Of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award on Learning', Research Report

Leadership; Health and Physical Education Pedagogy;  Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU); HPE in Primary Schools

This information has been contributed by Doctor Curry.

Current Projects

Title: Development and piloting of a menstrual health literacy program for women aged under 25
  • Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Mike Armour, Kathryn Holmes, Caroline Smith, Freya Macmillan, Tania Ferfolja and Christina Curry
Years: 2018-01-15 - 2018-12-14
ID: P00024520


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Learner Autonomy in Higher Education
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Train for War Adapt for Peace: A Case Study of the Implications of Risk Management on Static Line Parachute Training in the ADF
Field of Research:

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