Western Australian Institute of Education Research
In 2018, the Fogarty Foundation began a three year partnership with Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) to provide an Annual Research Grant in the important area of educational research.
WAIER promotes new educational research generated, for the most part, in Western Australia and they work to strengthen the collaboration among higher education institutions, government departments and educators.
A key activity of the institute is the annual WAIER Forum which provides opportunities for research students and university lecturers to build networks and present their work. It is an important forum for education students, early career researchers and established researchers to receive feedback on their work in a friendly and collegial space and make connections across institutions.
This prize money will assist girls to remain connected and engaged with their schooling through the provision of teaching resources and a web based learning platform that help positively reframe ovulatory and menstrual health as not just a biological but also a psychosocial phenomenon.
At the 2018 Forum, the inaugural Fogarty supported grant was awarded to Dr Donna Barwood of ECU towards her research Understanding and challenging the dominant discourse in Health and Physical Education at Edith Cowan University. In 2019, the Foundation increased the grant to support deeper practical research in WA education.
The 2020 Fogarty WAIER prize was awarded to Felicity Roux. As a PhD student at the School of Public Health at Curtin University, Felicity developed a program to equip 13 to 16-year-old females with the skills to understand their ovulatory-menstrual cycles from a whole-person perspective (physically, intellectually, spiritually, socially and emotionally.)