Membership of the Deakin Inclusive Education Community of Practice is open to anyone with an interest in providing inclusive education, regardless of level of expertise.


  • Join the mailing list to be invited to Community of Practice events
  • Visit the Discussion Forum and subscribe to:
    • Help plan future events
    • Collaborate with other members to develop inclusive practices
    • Collaborate on research projects

Deakin Inclusive Education Community of Practice Members

Dr Mary Dracup: Inclusive Education Project Lead, Deakin Learning Futures

Leading the Inclusive Education Project, aiming to make inclusive education routine practice at Deakin, working from top down and bottom up. Publications on simple inclusive education techniques, design of an introduction to university study unit, applying activity theory to understand development of inclusive education practices

Dr Kate Anderson: Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion, School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health

Kate is a Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion (School of Health and Social Development) and a CRADLE Fellow. She is interested in all aspects of inclusive education, with a special focus on digital and online learning.

Dr Ben Whitburn: Senior Lecturer in Education (Inclusive Education), Faculty of Arts and Education

Ben is a Lecturer in Inclusive Education in the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Dr Petra Brown: Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Petra is based in philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Education, and is Unit Chair of Introduction to University Study, Director of the Associate Degree of Arts and Deputy Director of the Bachelor of Arts. She has been involved in inclusive education, first as a project officer and then as an academic, and has developed a special interest in supporting first year students in their transition into higher education. She has an ongoing interest in teaching and learning scholarship around inclusive education, and constantly seeks to improve her knowledge and practice within her teaching and service roles.

Dr Julia Savage: Lecturer, Teaching Practice, Deakin Learning Futures

Julia is a lecturer in Teaching Practice in Deakin Learning Futures. She has a professional development in education background.

Ali Parker: National Disability Coordination Officer

Ali is the National Disability Coordination Officer in Diversity and Inclusion at Deakin University. Ali drives systemic change so that people with disability have equitable opportunity to access, participate and achieve their goals in tertiary education and graduate employment.