Deana Leahy BEd(Ballarat) MA(Ballarat)PhD(Deakin) Deana is a lecturer in the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Australia. Presently her research interests are framed by a concern about the political and moral work that is ‘done’ under the guise of improving the health of young people in various settings. Drawing from post Foucauldian writings on governmentality, Deana’s research interrogates the assemblage of mentalities and techniques that make up policy and curriculum and in turn how they are assembled together within pedagogical spaces. At present her work explores the field of health education and school based health promotion with a focus on drug education, sex education and nutrition education. Deana is currently working on a number of funded projects with Family Planning Queensland and Family Planning Victoria. In addition to this she is researching curriculum renewal in Health Education Teacher Education across Australia and New Zealand.
What’s on (or off) the menu in school?, Text (2010)
This paper takes as its starting point an autobiographical account of food and schooling. It...
Weighing it up: thinking about the implications of school based obesity prevention initiatives, ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal (2008)
Bass Coast Primary sexuality education project (with N Matthews), Health Education Australia Journal (2003)
Contributions to Books
Dicing with death: tensions, contradictions and awkward positions in school health education (with Michael Gard), Health and physical education: contemporary issues for Australia and New Zealand (2009)
Disgusting pedagogies, Biopolitics and the obesity epidemic (2009)
Biopolitics and the 'Obesity Epidemic' is the first edited collection of critical perspectives on the...
Locating a sexual voice in health and physical education curriculum (with Mary Lou Rasmussen and Maree Dinan Thompson), Health and physical education: contemporary issues for Australia and New Zealand (2009)
Pursuing HPE outcomes through health education (with Lyn Harrison), Teaching health and physical education in Australian Schools (2006)
Health and physical education and the production of the at risk self (with Lyn Harrison), Body knowledge and control: studies in the sociology of physical education and health (2004)
Assembling a health [y] subject, PhD thesis, Deakin University, Melbourne, Vic. (2012)
This thesis utilises governmentality studies in order to offer an analysis of the governmental hopes...
Colliding pedagogical practices in sex education, Gender: Regulation and Resistance in Education: Gender and Education Association 7th International Conference (2009)
A sustainable health promotion model: engaging teachers and the community health sector in sexuality education interventions (with M Stevens), Australasian Sexual Health Conference (2007)
Assembling a risky subject - health risk messages in school based health education, 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion & Health Education (2007)
The social model of health: some reflections on the Ottawa Charter, Home Economics Institute of Victoria State Conference (2007)