About Dr Wayne Cotton

Born in rural New Zealand, Wayne spent most of his youth exploring the mountains, hills and rivers of the central North Island.After finishing school, he was ready for new challenges, so he crossed the Tasman, studied Physical and Health Education and began his teaching career at Hoxton Park High School. Shortly afterwards he successfully applied to become an Outdoor Education teacher at The Scots College’s Glengarry campus.

After five years Wayne moved to Victoria to take on the role of Head of Outdoor Education at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop Campus. Three terms later, an injury saw Wayne return to University where he completed his PhD. Prior to taking up his role with the faculty, Wayne was making a living from leading expeditions to remote locations around the globe and working as a consultant in the outdoor industry.


Research interests
Health and sport

  • Health promotion
  • Sports performance
  • Outdoor Education
Learning sciences; psychology of education
  • Learning technologies and new media
Keywords: experiential education, coaching, physical activity, ICT, Teacher Education, Teaching Performance Assessment, TPA


View Wayne's academic profile here

Selected publications

  • Dudley, D., Cotton, W., Peralta, L., Winslade, M. (2018). A stepped-wedge implementation and evaluation of the healthy active peaceful playgrounds for youth (HAPPY) intervention. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Werkhoven, T., Cotton, W., Dudley, D. (2018). Australian tertiary students' attitudes towards youth obesity in educational institutions. European Physical Education Review, 24(2), 181-193. [More Information]
  • Barkell, J., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W. (2018). Effective strategies at the ruck in men's and women's World Rugby Sevens Series. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 13(2), 225-235. [More Information]
  • Dudley, D., Cotton, W., Peralta, L., Winslade, M. (2018). Playground activities and gender variation in objectively measured physical activity intensity in Australian primary school children: a repeated measures study. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 1-9. [More Information]