Trevor Cullen

Health Narratives


Trevor Cullen

Associate Professor of Journalism
Edith Cowan University


Since 2002, he has been a lecturer, Course Coordinator, Program Director and Associate Professor of Journalism at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.


Trevor has received several university and national tertiary teaching awards and two national research grants (ARC and OLT), and his research areas include health reporting, health communications and media coverage of infectious diseases, especially HIV. He is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS), and he has been described as one of the top researchers in Australia on media and HIV. Trevor conducts workshops in Asia and the Pacific on reporting HIV and he works as a reporter at international AIDS conferences.
Trevor’s current projects include media training for AIDS organizations and HIV leaders, and teaching health communications as a Visiting Professor at the Communication University of China in Beijing.


HIV journalism, health journalism, health communications, media coverage of infectious diseases, media training, media education.

Key publications since 2009
Book chapters

Cullen, T., (2013), Health Reporting: Opportunities and Challenges?. Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World, 1(25), 232-242, Melbourne, Australia.

Cullen, T., (2010), Reporting HIV and its Broader Impact in Asia: The case of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Liberalizing, Feminizing and Popularizing Health Communications in Asia, 43-58, Surrey,

Cullen, T. (2009). HIV Surveys and HIV Communication Theories, in Changing Media, Changing Societies: Media and the Millennium Development Goals. Singapore: Asia Media Information and Communication (AMIC), pp. 142-157.

Journal Articles

Cullen, T. (2014). News editors evaluate Journalism Courses and Graduate employability. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 24 ( 2) 1-16.

Cullen, T. (2014). Mind the Gap: Health reporting in the Pacific. Pacific Journalism Review, 20 (1), 200-212.

Cullen, T., (2013), Exploring ways to improve online health news stories. eJournalist 13(2), 5972, Australia.

Cullen, T., Williams, M., Stewart, H., Johnston, M., Phillips, G., Mulligan, P., Bowman, L., Meadows, M., (2012), Indigenous Voice Closing the Gap and Putting Communication for Social

Change into Practice. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 22(1), 55-67, DOI: 10.1177/1326365X1202200106.

Cullen, T., (2011), Health reporting: The missing links. ejournalist, 11(2), 137-148, University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2010), The use of narrative fiction to spread HIV information in Papua New Guinea. ejournalist, 10(2), 32-44, Queensland, Australia.

Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2010), Reporting HIV in Papua New Guinea: Trends and omissions from 2000 to 2010. Pacific Journalism Review, 16(2), 163-177, Auckland.

Cullen, T., Callaghan, R., (2010), Promises, promises: Are Australian universities deceiving journalism students?. Australian Journalism Review, 32(2), 115-127, Adelaide.

Cullen, T., (2010), Student journalists learn about Aboriginal communities and culture in Western Australia. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 20(December), 153-162, Wollongong, NSW.

Cullen, T., (2009), Health Communication Theories: Implications for HIV Reporting in Asia and the Pacific. Asia Pacific Media Educator (19), 99-111, University of Wollongong.
Conference Publication

Cullen, T., (2013), Online health information: shortcomings and challenges. Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges.

Cullen, T., (2012), Health reporting: is it enough to provide content without a context and what lessons can the media in Asia learn?. Forty Years of Media and Communication in Asia: Retrospect, Introspect and Prospects, 9.

Cullen, T., (2011), The value of practical placements: What student journalists learnt while working with Aboriginal communities. Developing student skills for the next decade: Proceedings of the 20th Teaching and Learning Forum, 8p., Perth, WA.
Cullen, T., (2009), The Catalyst Clemente project: Making journalism education accessible to disadvantaged Australians. Journalism Education Association of Australia (JEAA) Conference