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Mr Nathan Towney

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor

Office PVC - Human and Social Futures

Career Summary

Biography

Nathan is a proud Wiradjuri man from Wellington in NSW and an education leader. He holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education from The University of Newcastle. 

Nathan’s appointment as the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, Strategy and Leadership role follows a four year tenure as the Principal of Newcastle High School. 

Nathan will lead the University’s Indigenous Education Framework and connect with community groups outside the organisation.  

Nathan’s personal and authentic approach fosters strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. Nathan has a passion for innovation and change and has actively encouraged student-directed, passion-based and entrepreneurial learning. His approach to engaging and working with communities will be particularly valuable as the University looks to find ways for the institution to better connect with our regions.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Health and PE, University of Newcastle

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
450299 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Pro Vice-Chancellor - Indigenous Strategy and Leadership University of Newcastle
Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Pammer K, Freire M, Gauld C, Towney N, 'Keeping safe on australian roads: Overview of key determinants of risky driving, passenger injury and fatalities for indigenous populations', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 1-16 (2021) [C1]

Social and cultural barriers associated with inequitable access to driver licensing and associated road safety education, as well as socioeconomic issues that preclude ongoing veh... [more]

Social and cultural barriers associated with inequitable access to driver licensing and associated road safety education, as well as socioeconomic issues that preclude ongoing vehicle maintenance and registration, result in unsafe in-car behaviours such as passenger overcrowding. This in turn is associated with improper seatbelt usage, noncompliance with child restraint man-dates, and driver distraction. For example, in Australia, where seatbelt use is mandatory, Indigenous road users are three times less likely to wear seatbelts than non-Indigenous road users. This is associated with a disproportionately high fatality rate for Indigenous drivers and passengers; 21% of Indigenous motor-vehicle occupants killed on Australian roads were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact. In addition, inequitable access to driver licensing instruction due to financial and cultural barriers results in Indigenous learner drivers having limited access to qualified mentors and instructors. A consequent lack of road safety instruction results in a normalising of risky driving behaviours, perpetuated through successive generations of drivers. Moreover, culturally biased driver instruction manuals, which are contextualised within an English written-language learning framework, fail to accommodate the learning needs of Indigenous peoples who may encounter dif-ficulties with English literacy. This results in difficulty understanding the fundamental road rules, which in turn makes it difficult for young drivers to develop and sustain safe in-car behaviours. This paper considers the literature regarding road safety for Indigenous road users and critically evaluates strategies and policies that have been advanced to protect Indigenous drivers. Novel so-lutions to increasing road safety rule compliance are proposed, particularly in relation to passenger safety, which are uniquely embedded within Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing. Safe driving practices have crucial health and social implications for Indigenous communities by allow-ing more Indigenous people to participate in work and education opportunities, access healthcare, maintain cultural commitments, and engage with families and friends, qualities which are essential for ongoing health and wellbeing.

DOI 10.3390/ijerph18052446
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Kristen Pammer, Cass Gauld
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $1,881,570

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20231 grants / $149,228

EMU (Education, Movement and Understanding) Programme$149,228

Funding body: Port Waratah Coal Services Limited

Funding body Port Waratah Coal Services Limited
Project Team Associate Professor Narelle Eather, Dr Andrew Bennie, Doctor Sarah Kennedy, Emeritus Professor John Maynard, Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Nick Riley, Mr Nathan Towney
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2023
Funding Finish 2025
GNo G2301185
Type Of Funding C3100 – Aust For Profit
Category 3100
UON Y

20212 grants / $241,461

Cultural adaptation and feasibility trial of ‘Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids’ for Indigenous Australian families to improve cardiovascular health$145,461

Funding body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding body National Heart Foundation of Australia
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Lee Ashton, Associate Professor Kathleen Butler, Mr Nathan Towney, Doctor Myles Young
Scheme Vanguard Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2022
GNo G2100327
Type Of Funding C1700 - Aust Competitive - Other
Category 1700
UON Y

Re-Imagining Evaluation A Culturally Responsive Evaluation Framework for NSW Public Schools$96,000

The Re-imagining Evaluation Framework highlights the importance of centring Aboriginal students, their families, and their communities at the heart of evaluation methodology and processes. It is only by incorporation of culturally relevant principles and authentic consultation that we can truly understand what is and is not valued, and what is and is not working, for Aboriginal students, their families, and their communities in public education across all settings. From early childhood to the tertiary and VET sectors, everyone has a role to play.

Funding body: NSW Department of Education

Funding body NSW Department of Education
Project Team

Nathan Towney, Kathleen Butler, James Ballangarry, John Fischetti, Susan Ledger, Penny Jane-Burke, Matt Lumb, James Ladwig

Scheme RFQ - Pre-Qualification Scheme
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2022
GNo
Type Of Funding C1600 - Aust Competitive - StateTerritory Govt
Category 1600
UON N

20201 grants / $1,490,881

Leadership Development for Middle School Leaders$1,490,881

Funding body: NSW Department of Education

Funding body NSW Department of Education
Project Team Associate Professor Jess Harris, Laureate Professor Jennifer Gore, Doctor Drew Miller, Mr Nathan Towney, Kylie Lipscombe, Sharon Tindall-Ford, Jessica Mantei, Kellie Buckley-Walker, Sue Bennett
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2024
GNo G2001121
Type Of Funding C2300 – Aust StateTerritoryLocal – Own Purpose
Category 2300
UON Y
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News

Winanga-y Dreaming dancer

News • 6 Jun 2023

2023 Reconciliation Award winners announced

The inaugural winners of the University of Newcastle’s ‘Reconciliation Awards’ have been crowned, signifying the achievement and glamour of the 2023 Reconciliation Ball.

Wakagetti dancers perform at the 2022 Ngarrama event.

News • 19 Jan 2023

Award-winning night of reflection Ngarrama returns

Building on the success of the inaugural event, the University of Newcastle is proud to welcome the wider community once again to Ngarrama.

Nathan Towney looks at the camera. The Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag hangs behind him

News • 18 Jan 2023

Pro Vice-Chancellor Nathan Towney named 2023 Newcastle Citizen of the Year

University of Newcastle leader and Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, Strategy and Leadership, Nathan Towney, has been selected as Newcastle’s 2023 Citizen of the Year.

Gomeroi Dance Company smoking ceremony Ma and Morley scholarship

News • 7 Jul 2022

University global experience pivots for home truths

A renowned scholarship program at the University of Newcastle will look very different this year, with students heading across New South Wales for a transformative cultural experience.

Ngarrama widget

News • 21 Jan 2022

University of Newcastle launches Ngarrama – a night of reflection

On the eve of Australia Day, the University of Newcastle, in partnership with Awabakal Ltd and with support from the City of Newcastle, is proud to host Ngarrama — a free public event to engage the community in meaningful reconciliation through truth telling and historical acceptance.

Nathan Towney

News • 12 Nov 2021

Building positive relationships and serving the community are vital

Some wonder if good leadership matters. It has certainly mattered to me.

Shaun Nay, Erich Kisi, Mark Copus and Dominic McAtamney holding MGA Thermal bricks

News • 12 Nov 2021

MGA Thermal wins AFR Higher Education Award for research commercialisation

MGA Thermal, a spin-out company of our University, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Research Commercialisation award from the 2021 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards.

Indigenous Education and Research Framework

News • 18 Mar 2021

Framework launched in commitment to Indigenous education and research

The University of Newcastle has unveiled a major piece in its longstanding commitment to Indigenous higher education, innovation and engagement with the launch of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research Framework, coinciding with national Close the Gap Day.

Medical student in a practical class

News • 15 Sep 2020

Indigenous medical students admitted through innovative program

Having helped train more than 100 Indigenous doctors, the University of Newcastle’s Thurru Indigenous Health Unit is recruiting for its next intake of aspiring doctors.

Nathan Towney holding Knights jersey

News • 29 Jul 2020

University of Newcastle joins back of jersey

The Newcastle Knights announced today that the University of Newcastle will take top position on the back of jersey for Indigenous Round.

(L-R): Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership Nathan Towney, Taylah Gray, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky

News • 21 Nov 2019

The University of Newcastle launches Maligagu blueprint for Indigenous employment

Increasing the number of Indigenous people working at the University of Newcastle is just one of the goals of the Maligagu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy and Action Plan 2019 – 2021 officially launched by the institution today.

Mr Nathan Towney

Position

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor
Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership
Office PVC - Human and Social Futures
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email nathan.towney@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4055 3001

Office

Room CH260
Building The Chancellery
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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