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. 

Journal articles


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...



Assembling sexuality education, Curriculum Perspectives (2005)


Bass Coast Primary sexuality education project (with N Matthews), Health Education Australia Journal (2003)


Editorial: Boys and health education (with Lyn Harrison), Health Education Australia (2002)

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...


Conference presentations

Colliding pedagogical practices in sex education, Gender: Regulation and Resistance in Education: Gender and Education Association 7th International Conference (2009)

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)

Assembling an at risk subject (with M L. O'Brien), American Association of Research in Education (2006)

Reports, unpublished papers, presentations ...


Bass Coast sexuality education project. Needs analysis and professional development evaluation report (with Rosalind Horne and Lyn Harrison), School of Education (2004)