I am a PhD candidate and researcher at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. I am researching the relationship between life writing and meaning-making in young LGBT+ people, and my other research areas includes sexual health, mental heath, gender studies and education.

Conferences

I presented at the Gender, Sex and Sexualities Conference at Flinders University (online) on 23 September 2020.

On 29 November 2019, I presented a paper on my PhD research at the International English Educators’ Symposium (IEES), Write now: Teaching writing in high stakes times, at Monash University.

In September 2019, I presented research findings from the 2018 National Survey of Secondary School Students and Sexual Health at the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Perth.

In April 2019, I presented my PhD research at La Trobe University’s Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy Postgraduate Researcher Mini Conference.

In November 2018, I presented my PhD research at the Queer Legacies, New Solidarities conference, which was organised through Deakin University’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network, the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association, and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

In November 2018, I presented at the conference ‘Talking ’bout iGeneration: Sexual citizenship among diverse sex, sexuality and gender youth’, on behalf of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. The conference took place at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and was run by Family Planning Victoria, the Australian Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health, Queer Generations, Swinburne University and the University of Western Australia.

In October 2018, I spoke at La Trobe University Library’s Open Access Week panel event. The theme was ‘Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge’. I spoke about sex, sexuality and gender research.

In September 2018, I ran a writing workshop for LGBTIQA+ people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council’s National Conference 2018.  I also chaired three panels, titled ‘Black and brown queers: Pushing back on the whiteness of multiculturalism’, ‘A stance of ‘not knowing’ and ‘Unpacking whiteness in LGBTIQ inclusivity: The road to intersectionality’.

In September 2018, I presented at The Pleasure Research Agenda, an event run by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and Family Planning Victoria.

In June 2018, I presented on behalf of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Pleasure and Health: A Colloquium at Flinders University in Adelaide.

In March 2018, I co-presented with Rachel Chapman at the Popular Culture Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, U.S.A.

On 11 November, I presented at the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ 17th Australian Homosexual Histories Conference, held at the University of Adelaide.

In December 2016, I presented my research on using creative nonfiction to promote young people’s wellbeing at the Youth, Health and Practical Justice Conference in Sydney. It is a national interdisciplinary conference organised by the UNSW Practical Justice Initiative and the UTS Faculty of Health. I also co-presented an academic poster with Rachel Chapman, who is doing important research on educators’ understanding of gender in early childhood education and how this impacts on young children.

Journal Articles

Waling, A.,  Ezer, P., Bellamy, R., Kerr, L., Lucke, J., & Fisher, C. (2020). “Please teach students that sex is a healthy part of growing up.”: Australian students’ desires for sexuality and relationships education. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. doi: 10.1007/s13178-020-00516-z.

Waling, A., Bellamy, R., Ezer, P., Kerr, L., Lucke, J., & Fisher, C. (2020). “It’s kinda bad, honestly.”: Australian students’ experiences of relationships and sexuality education. Health Education Research, 35(6), 538-552. doi:10.1093/her/cyaa032

Fisher, CM., Kauer, S., Mikolajczak, G., Ezer, P., Kerr, L., Bellamy, R., Waling, A., & Lucke, J. (2020). Prevalence rates of sexual behaviors, condom use, and contraception among Australian heterosexual adolescents. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 17(12) 2020; 2313-2321. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2020.08.009

Ezer, P., Kerr, L., Fisher, C., Waling, A., Bellamy, R., & Lucke, J. (2020). School-based relationship and sexuality education: What has changed since the release of the Australian Curriculum? Sex Education, 20(6), 1-16. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2020.1720634

Fisher, C., Mikolajczak, G., Ezer, P., Kerr, L., Bellamy, R., Brown, G., Waling, A., & Lucke, J. (2019). Study protocol: 6th national survey of Australian secondary students and adolescent sexual health, 2018. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(217). doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00217

Bellamy, R. (2018). Creative health promotion methods for young LGBTIQA+ peopleHealth Education Journal, 77(6), 680-691. doi: 10.1177/0017896917753454

Bellamy, R. (2018). Life writing as an outlet for LGBTIQA+ youthBent street: Australian LGBTIQA+ arts, writing & ideas, 2(1), 128-134.

Bellamy, R. (2017). Footy, gangs and love: Using auto-ethnography to problematise practice on a practicum. English in Australia, 52(2), 45-52.

Reports & Monographs

Fisher, C., Waling, A., Kerr, L., Bellamy, R., Ezer, P., Mikolajczak, G., … Lucke, J. (2019). 6th national survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health 2018. (ARCSHS Monograph Series No. 113), Bundoora: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University.

Fisher, C., Kauer, S., Waling, A., Bellamy, R., Ezer, P., Kerr, L., Brown, G., & Lucke, J. (2019). Western Australia survey of secondary students and sexual health 2018. (ARCSHS Monograph Series No. 115), Bundoora: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University.

STEERING COMMITTEES

I am part of the Conversion Ideology Practices Research steering committee (Improving spiritual health care for LGBT Australians:  Beyond conversion practices) and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s LGBTIQ+ Health Research Network steering committee.

Awards & Scholarships

I am a recipient of a Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship awarded by La Trobe University (2018-2021).

I was awarded the Professor Anthony Smith Conference Attendance Award (2019), a competitive award for a postgraduate research student to attend an academic conference in an area related to sexuality studies.

I received the Monash University Achieving Potential Scholarship (2015), which is awarded annually to the highest achieving students in each faculty.

Contact

If you would like to contact me about my research, please email [email protected].