Public Talks



Cullen, T. (2017). The unhealthy state of health journalism. Keynote address at the Symposium on Health journalism at the Kenyan National Medical Board Centre, Nairobi, Kenya 24th July.



Cullen T, (2016). Do universities over-sell job prospects? Public talk to be given at the John Curtin Policy Institute, Curtin University, Perth, on 16th September, 2016.



Cullen, T. (2015). Journalism department works with health organization to promote better media coverage. Public talk at the World conference on media and Mass communication, Novotel Hotel, Beijing, China, 9th April.

Cullen, T. (2015). The personal story as the message: a new approach to health communications. Public talk at the Third European Conference on Arts and Humanities, Thistle hotel, Brighton, England, July 15th.



Dr Google: It's popular but is it accurate? Talk for research staff and students at Koblenz-Landau University on 5th June. Download

Working with the media. Talk and seminar for international HIV leaders at the International AIDS Conference. Held at La Trobe University on 26th July.

A new pilot project that aims to empower people to share their HIV and health stories with the media. Public talk at The John Curtin Policy Institute, VIce-Chancellery, Curtin University, 5th September. Download

The media and infectious diseases Talk at the Institute of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Murdoch University, 11th September.



What must graduates do to secure jobs in the media: views from news editors in WA The John Curtin Policy Institute, Curtin University, Perth - 13 September, 2013. More details



Reporting health in Asia: Talk presented to postgraduate students in the School of Television and Journalism at the Communication University of China, Beijing, China. 21st June.

Practice-led research: Talk presented to staff in the School of Communications at Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. 24th May.

Working with the Media. Talk presented to students in the School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia, Perth, 19th April. 



Working with and writing for the Media. University of Western Australia, Perth, 14th April.

PR in the Media. SMA Institute, Singapore, 12th May.

Spinning the media: A case study of health reporting in the US and Australia. Edith Cowan University, Perth. 17th August.

Health and the Media. Shaanxi University, Xt'an, Central China. 13th September

The unhealthy state of health journalism: The John Curtin Policy Institute, Curtin University, Perth - 2 September 2011- More details



Cullen, T. (2010). Global health: HIV in the Media. Paper delivered as a public lecture at the Global Health Short Course, University of Western Australia, 31st August. - Details available here

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Cullen, T. (2010). Journalism student placements with Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. Paper delivered at the United Nations World Press Freedom Day 2010 Global Conference. University of Queensland, May 1st - Details available here



Cullen, T. (2009). The Catalyst Clemente project: Making journalism education accessible to disadvantaged Australians - Paper presented at the annual Journalism Education Association of Australia conference,  the Burswood Intercontinental Hotel, Perth, Western Australia, 1st December. PDF Download

CREATEC Presentation - Research Week
How to Have a Successful Research Career
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Details: CREATEC presentation 26th August:Dr Trevor Cullen detailed how he began his research journey with involvement in HIV during the 1990s and described more recent research projects that focus on heart disease, communication health theories and practice-led research. He offered helpful hints about how to develop a research project and profile.

The Catalyst Clemente project: making journalism education accessible to disadvantaged Australians.

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Details: CREATEC presentation 10th June: As a journalism educator, I am keen to promote engagement with the wider community and the Catalyst Clemente program provides an opportunity to do this. It is a joint initiative developed by Mission Australia and the Australian Catholic University that seeks to promote self-confidence in people at risk of homelessness or physical and mental illness, by encouraging them to take control of their lives and bring about personal change through undergraduate education. The program gives applicants the opportunity to do accredited university courses in the area of the humanities.
In January this year, I was asked to join the project at Mission Australia's Maddington office in south-east Metropolitan Perth. Edith Cowan University (ECU) provided the lecturer, while Woodside's Community Initiative Program assisted with additional mid–week educational support. All the students had passed Year 10, and if successful, they had the chance to qualify for first year at ECU. I was extremely enthusiastic about this project and spent five hours every week for 13 weeks in first semester, 2009, teaching JOU 2111 - Introduction to Journalism - to a class of 15 students. Their ages ranged from 26-60 years and classes were frequently interrupted with smoke and coffee breaks. Despite these interruptions, the unit worked because the people who came were so keen to learn, despite struggling with personal problems or difficult domestic situations. Sometimes, it was hard work to keep the students focused and to help them pass with 15 credit points. But most of them did pass and one student will start at ECU in 2010.
Mission Australia wants to expand the program to include other universities in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. So, who's interested? It is definitely my intention to volunteer next year.

Planning a Research Conference

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Details: CREATEC presentation 6 May: Dr Cullen was asked to organise the national 2009 Journalism Education Association of Australia from 30th November - 2nd December at the Burswood Intercontinental Hotel in Perth This is an annual conference that attracts media academics from 29 universities in Australia as well as overseas delegates from Asia and the Pacific region.
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Dr Cullen shared his insights about preparing a national conference and then focused on discussion themes, review panels, post-conference journal submissions and articles. Mt Lawley ECU, Building 3, Room 116

Reporting Health issues: What International Journalism students need to know?

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Details: Enabling international journalism students to understand and report effectively on serious health issues in their own countries. Paper at the Teaching and Learning Forum 2009, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, 29th January.



From Assignment to Publication
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Details: CREATEC presentation 23 April: This talk detailed the origins and development of a new teaching and learning project in CMM31113/4114 - Health journalism. This unit - the only one of its kind to be taught at tertiary level in Australia - has three assignments that try to develop the research, analytical and writing skills of the students. The third assignment involves writing a ‘human interest’ feature article about living with cancer. The top 20 articles will be edited and published in a book by the Solaris Care Foundation, and circulated throughout the country. This project shows how an assignment can create practical outcomes for all concerned - the students, the health department and people living with cancer.
Also presented at Eculture conference 5th November 2008 and at the Journalism Education Association Conference (JEA), Wollongong University, NSW, 30th November.

Does HIV/AIDS still require an exceptional response?

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Details: CREATEC presentation 22nd October: This paper discusses the future funding of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. This issue was hotly debated at the XV11 International AIDS Conference in Mexico City from 3-8th August, 2008. More than 22,000 delegates from 180 countries attended the five-day conference and prominent guest speakers included BanKi moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations and Bill Clinton, the former US President. The author went as a media delegate and interviewed a wide range of specialists and activists. Those opposed to future funding argue that the disease does not deserve the substantial extra resources it receives compared with other health issues. For example, in 2008, HIV programs consumed around a quarter of international health-care aid. Those that support greater funding argue that HIV/AIDS remains a leading cause of death in high prevalence countries, and represents a global health and development emergency with 7,500 new infections each day. Also, they highlight that HIV programs have done much to improve the health-care infrastructure in many underdeveloped countries. While the debate continues, the current global financial crisis will inevitably impact on funding for HIV/AIDS programs in 2009 and beyond.



25 years of Reporting HIV: What lessons can we learn?
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Details: CREATEC presentation 3rd October: This talk analyses the findings of three major surveys that tracked press coverage of the disease in the United States, Southern Africa and the Pacific region from the 1980s. The main reason for their selection is that they are the most extensive to date and they cover a longer period of press coverage than any previous report. A more recent survey conducted by the international Federation of journalists (IFJ) is also examined.
It is evident from the data collected from these surveys that a disproportionate emphasis was placed upon reporting infection rates, international funding and regional workshops, with little in-depth analysis of the disease or educational content. And while the language and tone of HIV stories showed more sensitivity to people living with the AIDS, there was a strong call by the authors of these reports to widen coverage and report AIDS as a story with medical, political, social, economic, cultural, religious and relationship aspects. The authors, for the most part, also recommended that both editors and journalists should try to report the story in a way that lessens fear and stigma, two key factors that act as major barriers to promoting openness and debate.



AIDS is boring to report - so let's try to make it interesting!
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Details: CREATEC Presentation - 4th October

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