Doctor Tinashe Dune

Doctor Tinashe Dune

Health Science (SoSH)

Health Science (SoSH)

Health Science (SoSH)


Dr Tinashe Dune’s research, teaching and publications focus on sexual marginalization and health inequities. Namely she explores the phenomenological experiences of sexuality, sexual health, sexual wellbeing and cross-cultural understandings of sexuality in marginalised populations (i.e., GLBTIQ people, ageing populations, people with disabilities, women’s health, African women, Indigenous women). Her academic pursuits and interests are supported by several years of hands-on community outreach work. For instance, she has dedicated herself to the Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP) in Sydney and made trips to Western Australia and Queensland to provide support to sex workers from various backgrounds. Tinashe has also been a Disability Support Worker for several years in Canada for students attending Carleton University with physical disability. Tinashe has also interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland with the Violence, Injury and Disability and Reproductive Health Research Units. She also functions as an Honorary Research Associate for the Collaborative Research Network Mental Health and Well-being (funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations) at the University of New England and has been an Honorary Research Associate for Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program (AIDARRP) at the University of Sydney. In her role as Vice-Chair, Research and Development for African Women Australia she actively seeks funding for, conducts and disseminates findings from research done by AWAU and its collaborators.

At the University Tinashe is co-Convenor of the Ally Network which is a group of staff and students who are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community members. She co-chaired the Inagural UWS Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Float 2015 which brought together staff, students and community to demonstrate the University's commitment to insitutionalising acceptance. Since completing her PhD in 2011 she has published a multitude of books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at conferences. She also led a group of fellow academics towards the collaborative development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled "Sexuality-Based Prejudice and Discrimination" and is utilising this expertise in her coordination of the development of both the University's Master of Public Health and Master of Health Science online curriculum. As a result of her work Tinashe has been nationally recognised by the Council of Academic Public Health Insitutions Australia and Western Sydney University for her excellence and Innovation in Public Health teaching. She has also been recognised as an ambassador against bigotry and an advocate for diversity and inclusion by the Australian National University’s Freilich Foundation. Dr Dune’s expertise in the area of marginalisation and health is also endorsed by the dissemination of her research in a multitude of media outlets such as SBS and the ABC. 

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  • MPH Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA(Psych)(Hons) Carleton University (Canada)

Professional Memberships

  • Centre for Health Research, University of Western Sydney (2014)
  • Public Health Association of Australia (2014)
  • African Women Australia (2013)


  • CAPHIA Commendation for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching (Early Career) 2015-09-10
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding Early Career Researcher Grant 2015-07-02
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding 2015-07-02
  • Image Scholar Award for 2010-07-01
  • Western Sydney University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award 2015-12-18
  • Australian National University - Freilich Foundation ECR Award 2015-06-01
  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Sydney 2009-02-01
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2011-06-15
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2010-06-15
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2009-06-15


  • Culture and Health
  • Disability
  • Indigenous Health
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Health
  • Marginalised Communities
  • Migrant Health
  • Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Health Science (SoSH)
  • Health Science (SoSH)
  • Health Science (SoSH)


  • African Women Australia
  • Ally Network, University of Western Sydney


Phone: (02) 4620 3655
Location: 24.2.06

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400249 Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care, 2013
  • 400285 Public Health, 2015
  • 400732 Communication in Health, 2013
  • 400732 Communication in Health, 2015
  • 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice, 2013
  • 400866 Culture, Diversity and Health, 2014
  • 400866 Culture, Diversity and Health, 2015
  • 400872 Honours Research Design and Methodology, 2015
  • 401079 Dissertation, 2015



  • Jones, T., Del Pozo de Bolger, A., Dune, T., Lykins, A. and Hawkes, G. (2015), 'Female-to-Male (FtM) Transgender People's Experiences in Australia: A National Study', : Springer 9783319138282.
  • Dune, T. (2011), 'Constructions of Sexuality and Disability: Implications for People with Cerebral Palsy', : Lambert Academic Publishing 9783846592274.

Chapters in Books

  • Dune, T. (2016), '"You just don?t see us" : the influence of public schema on constructions of sexuality by people with cerebral palsy', Development and the Politics of Human Rights, CRC Press 9781498707060.
  • Dune, T., Mapedzahama, V. and Rahman, S. (2014), 'Sexuality', Caring for Older People in Australia: Principles for Nursing Practice, Wiley & Sons 9781118384121.
  • Dune, T. (2014), 'Experiences of sexual well-being and the yin revolution', Yin Rising: The Chinese Sexual Evolution, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 9781500108397.
  • McKay, K., Dune, T., MacPhail, C., Mapedzahama, V. and Maple, M. (2014), 'Fairytales, folklore and femininity : making sense of the (un)sexed female body across time and space', Exploring Bodies in Time and Space, Inter-Disciplinary Press 9781848882461.
  • Minichiello, V., Dune, T., Disogra, C. and Marino, R. (2014), 'Male sex work from Latin American perspectives', Male sex work and society, Harrington Park Press 9781939594006.
  • Dune, T. (2013), 'Sexuality in chronic illness and disability', Chronic Illness & Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier 9780729541619.
  • Gwirayi, P., Mpofu, E., Hossain, Z., Dune, T. and Maruatona, S. (2013), 'Sexual and reproductive health', The Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology , Wiley-Blackwell 9780470671269.
  • Reid, K. and Dune, T. (2010), 'Buy my love : on sex workers, gold diggers, and ?Rules Girls?', Dating: Philosophy for Everyone: Flirting With Big Ideas, Wiley-Blackwell 9781444330229.

Journal Articles

  • Olson, R., Bidewell, J., Dune, T. and Lessey, N. (2016), 'Developing cultural competence through self-reflection in interprofessional education : findings from an Australian university', Journal of Interprofessional Care, vol 30, no 3 , pp 347 - 354.
  • Fileborn, B., Thorpe, R., Hawkes, G., Minichiello, V., Pitts, M. and Dune, T. (2015), 'Sex, desire and pleasure : considering the experiences of older Australian women ', Sexual and Relationship Therapy, vol 30, no 1 , pp 117 - 130.
  • Dune, T., Mapedzahama, V., Minichiello, V., Pitts, M. and Hawkes, G. (2015), 'African migrant women's understanding and construction of sexuality in Australia', Advances in Social Science Research Journal, vol 2, no 2 , pp 38 - 50.
  • Dune, T. and Mpofu, E. (2015), 'Evaluating person-oriented measures to understand sexuality with cerebral palsy : procedures and applications', International Journal of Social Science Studies, vol 3, no 4 , pp 144 - 155.
  • McKay, K., Wark, S., Mapedzahama, V., Dune, T., Rahman, S. and MacPhail, C. (2015), 'Sticks and stones : how words and language impact upon social inclusion', Journal of Social Inclusion, vol 6, no 1 , pp 146 - 162.
  • Dune, T. and Mpofu, E. (2015), ''Allowing yourself to sexual freedom' : making sense of sexual spontaneity with disability', Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, vol 2, no 11 , pp 36 - 47.
  • Dune, T. (2014), '?You just don?t see us? : the influence of public schema on constructions of sexuality by people with cerebral palsy', World Journal of Social Science, vol 1, no 1 , pp 1 - 19.
  • Dune, T. (2014), 'Conceptualizing sex with cerebral palsy : a phenomenological exploration of private constructions of sexuality using sexual script theory', International Journal of Social Science Studies, vol 2, no 2 , pp 20 - 40.
  • Mpofu, E., Hallfors, D., Mutepfa, M. and Dune, T. (2014), 'A mixed methods mapping of church versus secular school messages to influence sexual decision making as perceived by Zimbabwean orphan girl students', Journal of Mixed Methods Research, vol 8, no 4 , pp 363 - 376.
  • Hawkes, G. and Dune, T. (2013), 'Introduction. Narratives of the sexual child : shared themes and shared challenges', Sexualities, vol 16, no 5-6 , pp 622 - 634.
  • Lukersmith, S., Hartley, S., Kuipers, P., Madden, R., Llewellyn, G. and Dune, T. (2013), 'Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) monitoring and evaluation methods and tools : a literature review', Disability and Rehabilitation, vol 35, no 23 , pp 1941 - 1953.
  • Madden, R., Dune, T., Lukersmith, S., Hartley, S., Kuipers, P., Gargett, A. and Llewellyn, G. (2013), 'The relevance of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in monitoring and evaluating Community-based rehabilitation (CBR)', Disability and Rehabilitation, .
  • Dune, T. (2013), 'Re/Developing models for understanding sexuality with disability within rehabilitation counselling', Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, vol 16 .
  • Minichiello, V., Rahman, S., Dune, T., Scott, J. and Dowsett, G. (2013), 'E-health : potential benefits and challenges in providing and accessing sexual health services', BMC Public Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Dune, T. (2013), 'Understanding experiences of sexuality with cerebral palsy through sexual script theory', International Journal of Social Science Studies, vol 1, no 1 , pp 1 - 12.
  • Dune, T. (2012), 'Sexuality and physical disability : exploring the barriers and the solutions in healthcare', Sexuality and Disability, vol 30, no 2 , pp 247 - 255.
  • Mpofu, E., Dune, T., Hallfors, D., Mapfumo, J., Mutepfa, M. and January, J. (2011), 'Apostolic faith church organization contexts for health and wellbeing in women and children', Ethnicity and Health, vol 16, no 6 , pp 551 - 566.
  • Shuttleworth, R., Russell, C., Weerakoon, P. and Dune, T. (2010), 'Sexuality in residential aged care : a survey of perceptions and policies in Australian nursing homes', Sexuality and disability, vol 28, no 3 , pp 187 - 194.
  • Dune, T. and Shuttleworth, R. (2009), '"It's just supposed to happen": The myth of sexual spontaneity and the sexually marginalized', Sexuality and Disability, vol 27, no 2 , pp 97 - 108.


Dr Dune has extensive experience in qualitative and mixed methods research methods and methodology. Her expertise in analyzing qualitative data and interpreting them in relation to quantitative findings shows the value of her methodological duality to social research.  She is also extending her expertise to include Q methodology. Her funded research and higher degree supervision in characterised by collaboration with academic and industry colleagues.

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Current Projects

Title: Culture clash? An investigation of the constructions, understandings and experiences of sexual and reproductive health from the perspective of 1.5 generation migrants in Australia
Years: 2016-02-15 - 2017-02-14
ID: P00023089
Western Researchers: Tinashe Dune
  • Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality


Current Supervision

Title: Supporting Women at Risk of HIV/AIDS as a result of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Field of Research:
Title: Exploring Maternal Traditional Medicine use among African Migrant Women in Sydney.
Field of Research:
Title: Sexual Experience and Demand for Contraceptive Service Among Migrant Women from CALD Communities in Australia
Field of Research:


Title: Exemplary Teaching
Description: Strategies to Engage Large Classes in a Face-to-face Environment:
Title: Linkedin
Description: Featuring Projects, CV and Expertise
Title: 3CR Interview
Description: Women, sex and culture: Zimbabwe to Australia
Title: Lauren Sleiman: Reports
Description: Institutional support for LGBT people
Title: Buro 24/7
Description: Expert Commentary for: Beyond Bruce Jenner: is 2015 the year of Transgender Recognition
Title: #uwsunites
Description: UWS Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2015 Float Video
Title: ResearchGate Webpage
Description: Research projects, publications and affiliations
Title: Sexuality-Based Prejudice and Discrimination
Description: This course features significant materials on issues of sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, prejudice and queer pride. The course can be accessed for free.
Title: Emales
Description: An online exploration of the experiences of Australian female-to-male trans* people

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