Nina Fotinatos

Position: Dean, Learning and Teaching

Location: Level 2 (Top Floor), Albert Coates Complex, Mt Helen Campus

Phone: (03) 5327 9145



  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Teaching) (University of Ballarat) 2012
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Public Health and Pathology) (Charles Sturt University) 2010
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science, Honours) (RMIT) 1999
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) (RMIT) 1996


Associate Professor Nina Fotinatos is passionate about higher education and VET learning and teaching, the regional student experience, academic professional development, leadership in learning and teaching, human resource management in central academic development units and innovations in curriculum design.

Leadership and professional associations

  • Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Assessor (Jan 2012-current)
  • HERDSA Conference Reviewer: 2017
  • Leadership Ballarat Western Region 2012 Participant (City of Ballarat; Based on Williamson Community Leadership Program, 12 month program funded by the applicant)
  • Institutional Governance experience: Academic Board, Quality Committee, Policy Committee (2012-2015); Learning and Teaching Committee (2012 – current); Curriculum Committee (2012 – current)
  • Chair (Federation University Australia) Learning & Teaching Committee (Jan 2012-2015)
  • Chair (Institute of Health and Wellbeing) Learning & Teaching Committee (Jan 2012-June 2014)
  • Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Institute of Health and Wellbeing (Jan 2012-June 2014)
  • Institute of Health and Wellbeing governance: Faculty Board, Program Committee, Learning & Teaching Committee (2012-2014)
  • A SaMnet (Science and Mathematics network) Scholar (2012 – current)

Grant and awards

2016 Research Project Funding: $4367 – CADAD (Council of Australian Directors of Academic Directors) Project Title: Exploration of broad and human resource challenges experienced within central academic development units/learning and teaching centres and the impact on service provision
2016 Professional Development Funding: $2370 – CADAD (Council of Australian Directors of Academic Directors) Conference: ‘Unleashing the Power of Confidence: Strengths Based Perspectives and Wellbeing’. Conference Organisers: Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) (February 21-22, 2017, Darwin).
2013 Centre Learning Innovation Professional Practice (CLIPP) Fellowship $10,000: University-wide competitive process Title: Foundations of University Teaching Project (non-award): Developing a resource and professional development series to support staff in learning and teaching across the university (Co-research Dr Lara Wakeling)
2013 Australian Competitive Research Symposium Equal first (University of Ballarat Finalist) $2000: A 5-minute presentation on behalf the Strengthening Sexuality Education team Title: The Sex Education Sieve
2012 University of Ballarat Annual Research Conference $500 Original Article Title: The provision of sexual health education in Australia: primary school teachers' perspectives in rural Victoria
2011 Australasian Sexual Health Conference (Sydney, NSW) $500 Best Health Promotion poster Title: Puberty and Health Education in Ballarat Primary Schools: teacher training, experience and confidence
2011 ALTC Citation Award Winner (1 of 22 citations awards in the Early Career Teaching Category) $10,000: Australian Learning Teaching Council (ALTC) Title: For fostering student engagement through authentic, practical experiences as a basis for building capacity in future healthcare professionals to transfer skills across the sector.
2010 Vice Chancellor's Citations for Contribution to Student Learning Award Winner (1 of 10) $1,000: The University of Ballarat competitive Title: For the development of future multi-skilled healthcare professionals, able to learn, develop and embrace new knowledge by methods of reflection and practical experiences.
2010 Nominated in the 2010 UNIJOB "Top 10 lecturers of the year" at the University of Ballarat
2009 Early Career Research Development Program Seed funding $7,000: The University of Ballarat Title: The evaluation of sexual health education and its effect on sexually transmitted prevalence in the Ballarat and surrounding communities
2009 Research Seed Project Funding $5,000: Ballarat Community Health and Addressing Disadvantage and Inequality in Health and Education (UB Research Theme) Title: Sexual health prevention in Ballarat youth settings

Previous teaching areas:

  • Diagnostic Pathology: SCMED 2020 Immunology; SCMED 2040 Infectious Disease; SCMED 3031 Public Health; SCMED 3032 Clinical Haematology; SCMED 3033 Anatomical Pathology

Research interests

Learning and teaching domains

  • Shifting culture in higher education sector regarding useful practical experiences
  • Innovative learning, teaching and assessment strategies which enhance the student experience and encourages transferable skills into the health care workplace
  1. Leadership and management relevant to higher education and VET learning and teaching academic development units/learning and teaching centres
  2. Human resource management in academic development units/learning and teaching centres
  3. Student experience in regional institutions (higher education and VET) including pathways and transition experiences

Public health

  • Strengthening Sexuality Education: I have a keen interest in improving puberty and sexual health promotion in regional and rural schools in effort to improve the learning outcomes for adolescents within a school environment. I believe that supporting a comprehensive sexuality education system in our education system will have a profound positive effect on the well-being of young people in our society.
  • Gender Equity and the Women's Health: I have a keen interest in examining gender representation at the population planning level. My research student is currently working with Women's Health Grampians to development a policy audit tool that can be applied to numerous documents and measure how well gender is represented in key documents. The level of acknowledgement regarding differences in gender at a policy level may potentially have a profound effect on how gender is interpreted in policies and the subsequent guidelines and population planning strategies than can be implemented to improve women health outcomes.
  • Cardiovascular Disease in Rural Communities: I have a keen interest in the effectiveness of health promotion within our regional community, particularly regarding the associated between women and cardiovascular diseases in the following key areas: Awareness of risk factors; identifying barriers; perceptions of signs and symptoms; effectiveness of health promotion campaigns.

Disease and diagnosis

  • Cervical Cancer and Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Screening Techniques
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Developing Countries

Examples of supervised projects

  • Gender Equity and Population Planning:
    PhD: Embedding gender in the population planning domain: How will this affect the health outcomes of women in regional Australia?
  • Cardiovascular Disease:
    Honours: A measurement of cardiovascular disease awareness and lifestyle risk factors in Ballarat women
  • Prostate Cancer Research:
    Honours: Prostate cancer risk and the role of the Y chromosome


  • Fotinatos, N 2016. The role of an academic development unit in supporting institutional VET learning and teaching change management, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 13(4), 2016. Read article online
  • Smith, J. V.v Grando, D., Fotinatos, N. 2016. Graduate employment trends in the life sciences: implications for microbiology educators, Microbiology Australia, May. Read article online
  • Smith, A., Fotinatos, N., Duffy, B., Burke, J. The provision of puberty health in Australia: primary school teachers' perspective in rural Victoria. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning 2010; (Currently in press)
  • Duffy, B., Fotinatos, N., Smith, A., Burke, J. Puberty, Health and Sexual Education in Ballarat Primary Schools: Grade five and six teacher perceptions. Sex Education: Sexuality Society and Learning, May 2012, 1-18, iFirst Article. Read article online
  • Charchar FJ., Kaiser M., Bingham AJ., Fotinatos N., Ahmady F., Tomaszewski M., Samani, NJ. Whole genome survey of copy number variation in the spontaneously hypertensive rat: relationship to quantitative trait loci, gene expression, and blood pressure. Hypertension. 2010 May; 55 (5): 1231-8. E pub 2010 March 15.
  • Fotinatos, N., Warmington, A., Walker, T., Pilbeam, M. Knowledge and perceptions of cervical cancer and health in Vanuatu. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2010: 21(2):127-129.
  • Fotinatos N., Warmington A., Walker T., Pilbeam M., Trichomonas vaginalis in Vanuatu. Australian Journal Rural Health, 2008; 16(1): 23-27.
  • Fotinatos N, Warmington A., Walker T., Pilbeam M., Estimates for Cervical Abnormalities in Vanuatu. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2007; 31(6): 571-575.