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Dr Sandra Heaney-Mustafa

Dr Sandra Heaney-MustafaPosition

 Community Studies Program Coordinator

Contact details

Tel: +61 2 6201 5387


Sandra has an extensive background in nursing and in primary health care in developing countries as nurse-midwife, health educator and community development worker. Sandra spent two years the Sudan managing a primary health care and community development project.

At the University of Newcastle in 1995 Sandra completed her doctorate which explored the reconceptualisation of health education as education for health based on notions of empowerment and the liberatory pedagogy of Paulo Freire.

She commenced teaching with the Faculty of Education at the University of Newcastle in 1987 and has taught at the University of Canberra since 2002 in community education and community development. Sandra teaches the subjects Project Planning and Design and Project Management and Reporting, Ethical and Professional Issues and Community Development Principles and Practice.

Research interests

  • Community education and development
  • Social justice and human rights
  • Professional ethics