Doctor Tinashe Dune

Doctor Tinashe Dune

Aca - Mph & Mhsc,
Health Science (sosh)

Senior Lecturer In Interprofessional Health Sciences,
Health Science (sosh)


Dr Tinashe Dune is a multi-award winning academic in the areas of health sociology and public health. Her research, teaching and practice focus on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in the context of marginalisation. This includes the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people, those living with disability, ageing populations, LGBTIQ-identifying people and Indigenous populations. Dr Dune utilises mixed-methods approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives which support multidimensional understandings of the lived experience, health outcomes and ways to improve wellbeing. 

As a result of her work Dr Dune has been nationally recognised by the Council of Academic Public Health Insitutions Australia and Western Sydney University for her excellence and innovation in Public Health teaching. She has also been recognised as an ambassador against bigotry and an advocate for diversity and inclusion by the Australian National University’s Freilich Foundation. Dr Dune’s expertise in the area of marginalisation and health is also endorsed by the publication of her research in high quality journals, books, book chapters and national policy documents as well as a multitude of media outlets such as SBS and the ABC.

Her work is supported by several years of hands-on community and NGO outreach work across Australia and internationally. She worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland with the Violence, Injury and Disability and Reproductive Health Research Units. She has had roles as Honorary Research Fellows at the University of Sydney and the University of New England. In her role as Director, Research and Development for African Women Australia she actively engages with academic, industry and community stakeholders to conduct and implement translational research. Dr Dune also advocates and engages with national and international stakeholders in her role as co-Convenor of the Public Health Association Australia' Women's Health Group.

At Western Dr Dune teaches in the Interprofessional Health Science program, is Academic Course Advisor for the MPH and MHSc and led the development of its online curriculum. She is also co-Convenor of the Ally Network which is a group of staff and students who are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community members.

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  • MPH Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA(Psych)(Hons) Carleton University (Canada)

Professional Memberships

  • Centre for Health Research, University of Western Sydney (2014)
  • Public Health Association of Australia (2014)
  • African Women Australia (2013)


  • CAPHIA Commendation for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching (Early Career) 2015-09-10
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding Early Career Researcher Grant 2015-07-02
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding 2015-07-02
  • Image Scholar Award for 2010-07-01
  • Western Sydney University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award 2015-12-18
  • Australian National University - Freilich Foundation ECR Award 2015-06-01
  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Sydney 2009-02-01
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2011-06-15
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2010-06-15
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2009-06-15


  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • Health Sociology
  • Indigenous Health
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Health
  • Migrant Health
  • Public Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Determinants of Health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Health Science (sosh)
  • Health Science (sosh)


  • Ally Network, University of Western Sydney
  • African Women Australia


Phone: (02) 4620 3655
Location: 24.2.06

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400249 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care, 2013
  • 400285 Public Health, 2015
  • 400732 Communication in Health, 2013
  • 400732 Communication in Health, 2015
  • 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice, 2013
  • 400866 Culture, Diversity and Health, 2014
  • 400866 Culture, Diversity and Health, 2015
  • 400872 Honours Research Design and Methodology, 2015
  • 401079 Dissertation, 2015



  • Jones, T., Del Pozo de Bolger, A., Dune, T., Lykins, A. and Hawkes, G. (2015), 'Female-to-Male (FtM) Transgender People's Experiences in Australia: A National Study', : Springer 9783319138282.
  • Dune, T. (2011), 'Constructions of Sexuality and Disability: Implications for People with Cerebral Palsy', : Lambert Academic Publishing 9783846592274.

Chapters in Books

  • Dune, T. (2016), '"You just don't see us" : the influence of public schema on constructions of sexuality by people with cerebral palsy', Development and the Politics of Human Rights, CRC Press 9781498707060.
  • Dune, T., Mapedzahama, V. and Rahman, S. (2014), 'Sexuality', Caring for Older People in Australia: Principles for Nursing Practice, Wiley & Sons 9781118384121.
  • Dune, T. (2014), 'Experiences of sexual well-being and the yin revolution', Yin Rising: The Chinese Sexual Evolution, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 9781500108397.
  • McKay, K., Dune, T., MacPhail, C., Mapedzahama, V. and Maple, M. (2014), 'Fairytales, folklore and femininity : making sense of the (un)sexed female body across time and space', Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, Inter-Disciplinary Press 9781848882461.
  • Minichiello, V., Dune, T., Disogra, C. and Marino, R. (2014), 'Male sex work from Latin American perspectives', Male sex work and society, Harrington Park Press 9781939594006.
  • Dune, T. (2013), 'Sexuality in chronic illness and disability', Chronic Illness & Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier 9780729541619.
  • Gwirayi, P., Mpofu, E., Hossain, Z., Dune, T. and Maruatona, S. (2013), 'Sexual and reproductive health', The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology , Wiley-Blackwell 9780470671269.
  • Reid, K. and Dune, T. (2010), 'Buy my love : on sex workers, gold diggers, and 'Rules Girls'', Dating: Philosophy for Everyone: Flirting With Big Ideas, Wiley-Blackwell 9781444330229.

Journal Articles

  • Mapedzahama, V. and Dune, T. (2017), '[In Press] A clash of paradigms? : ethnography and ethics approval', Sage Open, .
  • Dune, T., Perz, J., Mengesha, Z. and Ayika, D. (2017), 'Culture clash? : investigating constructions of sexual and reproductive health from the perspective of 1.5 generation migrants in Australia using Q methodology', Reproductive Health, vol 14, no 1 .
  • MacPhail, C., Dune, T., Dillon, G., Rahman, S., Khanam, R., Jenkins, L., Britton, M., Green, B., Edwards, C. and Stevenson, A. (2017), 'Knowledge and attitudes to sexual health and STI testing for students at an Australian Regional University : a cross-sectional study', Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, vol 49 , pp 36 - 48.
  • Dune, T. and Mapedzahama, V. (2017), 'Culture clash : Shona (Zimbabwean) migrant women's experiences with communicating about sexual health and wellbeing across cultures and generations', African Journal of Reproductive Health, vol 21, no 1 , pp 18 - 29.
  • Mengesha, Z., Perz, J., Dune, T. and Ussher, J. (2017), '[In Press] Challenges in the provision of sexual and reproductive health care to refugee and migrant women : a Q methodological study of health professional perspectives', Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, .
  • Olson, R., Bidewell, J., Dune, T. and Lessey, N. (2016), 'Developing cultural competence through self-reflection in interprofessional education : findings from an Australian university', Journal of Interprofessional Care, vol 30, no 3 , pp 347 - 354.
  • Mengesha, Z., Dune, T. and Perz, J. (2016), '[In Press] Culturally and linguistically diverse women's views and experiences of accessing sexual and reproductive health care in Australia : a systematic review', Sexual Health, .
  • Dune, T., Bidewell, J., Firdaus, R. and Kirwan, M. (2016), 'Communication idol : using popular culture to catalyse active learning by engaging students in the development of entertaining teaching and learning resources', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 13, no 5 .
  • Fileborn, B., Thorpe, R., Hawkes, G., Minichiello, V., Pitts, M. and Dune, T. (2015), 'Sex, desire and pleasure : considering the experiences of older Australian women ', Sexual and Relationship Therapy, vol 30, no 1 , pp 117 - 130.
  • Dune, T., Mapedzahama, V., Minichiello, V., Pitts, M. and Hawkes, G. (2015), 'African migrant women's understanding and construction of sexuality in Australia', Advances in Social Science Research Journal, vol 2, no 2 , pp 38 - 50.
  • Dune, T. and Mpofu, E. (2015), 'Evaluating person-oriented measures to understand sexuality with cerebral palsy : procedures and applications', International Journal of Social Science Studies, vol 3, no 4 , pp 144 - 155.
  • McKay, K., Wark, S., Mapedzahama, V., Dune, T., Rahman, S. and MacPhail, C. (2015), 'Sticks and stones : how words and language impact upon social inclusion', Journal of Social Inclusion, vol 6, no 1 , pp 146 - 162.
  • Dune, T. and Mpofu, E. (2015), ''Allowing yourself to sexual freedom' : making sense of sexual spontaneity with disability', Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, vol 2, no 11 , pp 36 - 47.
  • Dune, T. (2014), '"You just don't see us" : the influence of public schema on constructions of sexuality by people with cerebral palsy', World Journal of Social Science, vol 1, no 1 , pp 1 - 19.
  • Dune, T. (2014), 'Conceptualizing sex with cerebral palsy : a phenomenological exploration of private constructions of sexuality using sexual script theory', International Journal of Social Science Studies, vol 2, no 2 , pp 20 - 40.
  • Mpofu, E., Hallfors, D., Mutepfa, M. and Dune, T. (2014), 'A mixed methods mapping of church versus secular school messages to influence sexual decision making as perceived by Zimbabwean orphan girl students', Journal of Mixed Methods Research, vol 8, no 4 , pp 363 - 376.
  • Hawkes, G. and Dune, T. (2013), 'Introduction. Narratives of the sexual child : shared themes and shared challenges', Sexualities, vol 16, no 5-6 , pp 622 - 634.
  • Lukersmith, S., Hartley, S., Kuipers, P., Madden, R., Llewellyn, G. and Dune, T. (2013), 'Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) monitoring and evaluation methods and tools : a literature review', Disability and Rehabilitation, vol 35, no 23 , pp 1941 - 1953.
  • Madden, R., Dune, T., Lukersmith, S., Hartley, S., Kuipers, P., Gargett, A. and Llewellyn, G. (2013), 'The relevance of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in monitoring and evaluating Community-based rehabilitation (CBR)', Disability and Rehabilitation, .
  • Dune, T. (2013), 'Re/Developing models for understanding sexuality with disability within rehabilitation counselling', Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, vol 16 .
  • Minichiello, V., Rahman, S., Dune, T., Scott, J. and Dowsett, G. (2013), 'E-health : potential benefits and challenges in providing and accessing sexual health services', BMC Public Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Dune, T. (2013), 'Understanding experiences of sexuality with cerebral palsy through sexual script theory', International Journal of Social Science Studies, vol 1, no 1 , pp 1 - 12.
  • Dune, T. (2012), 'Sexuality and physical disability : exploring the barriers and the solutions in healthcare', Sexuality and Disability, vol 30, no 2 , pp 247 - 255.
  • Mpofu, E., Dune, T., Hallfors, D., Mapfumo, J., Mutepfa, M. and January, J. (2011), 'Apostolic faith church organization contexts for health and wellbeing in women and children', Ethnicity and Health, vol 16, no 6 , pp 551 - 566.
  • Shuttleworth, R., Russell, C., Weerakoon, P. and Dune, T. (2010), 'Sexuality in residential aged care : a survey of perceptions and policies in Australian nursing homes', Sexuality and disability, vol 28, no 3 , pp 187 - 194.
  • Dune, T. and Shuttleworth, R. (2009), '"It's just supposed to happen": The myth of sexual spontaneity and the sexually marginalized', Sexuality and Disability, vol 27, no 2 , pp 97 - 108.


Dr Dune has extensive experience in qualitative and mixed methods research methods and methodology. Her expertise in analyzing qualitative data and interpreting them in relation to quantitative findings shows the value of her methodological duality to social research.  She is also extending her expertise to include Q methodology. Her funded research and higher degree supervision in characterised by collaboration with academic and industry colleagues.

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Current Projects

Title: Welcoming Social Wellness (WSW): Exploring the impact of LGBTQI-affirming health and community care on older gender and sexually diverse women's wellbeing and sense of belonging
Years: 2016-06-06 - 2017-08-30
ID: P00023178
Western Researchers: Tinashe Dune, Jacqueline Ullman and Tania Ferfolja
  • Department of Family and Community Services

Previous Projects

Title: Culture clash? An investigation of the constructions, understandings and experiences of sexual and reproductive health from the perspective of 1.5 generation migrants in Australia
Years: 2016-02-15 - 2017-02-14
ID: P00023089
Western Researchers: Tinashe Dune
  • Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality


Doctor Dune is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Supporting Women at Risk of HIV/AIDS as a result of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Field of Research:
Title: Measure of Type 2 Diabetes Health Literacy among sub-Saharan African Migrants in Australia.
Field of Research:
Title: Investigation of Oral Health Literacy within a caregivers context.
Field of Research:
Title: Exploring Maternal Traditional Medicine use among African Migrant Women in Sydney.
Field of Research:
Title: Lived Experiences, Health and Well-being among Thai Male-to-Female (MtF) Transgender Individuals Living in Australia
Field of Research:
Title: Sexual Experience and Demand for Contraceptive Service Among Migrant Women from CALD Communities in Australia
Field of Research:


Title: Exemplary Teaching
Description: Strategies to Engage Large Classes in a Face-to-face Environment:
Title: Linkedin
Description: Featuring Projects, CV and Expertise
Title: 3CR Interview
Description: Women, sex and culture: Zimbabwe to Australia
Title: Lauren Sleiman: Reports
Description: Institutional support for LGBT people
Title: Buro 24/7
Description: Expert Commentary for: Beyond Bruce Jenner: is 2015 the year of Transgender Recognition
Title: #uwsunites
Description: UWS Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2015 Float Video
Title: ResearchGate Webpage
Description: Research projects, publications and affiliations
Title: Sexuality-Based Prejudice and Discrimination
Description: This course features significant materials on issues of sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, prejudice and queer pride. The course can be accessed for free.
Title: Emales
Description: An online exploration of the experiences of Australian female-to-male trans* people

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