Staff profile

Roz Ward

Safe Schools Coalition Victoria - Co-founder and Manager

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Psychology and Public Health
Department of Public Health
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Franklin Street, Melbourne (City)


BA (Hons), MA Gender Studies, University of Sussex (UK)

Area of study

Public Health

Brief profile

Roz Ward co-founded, developed and currently directs Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV), the first Australian program to specialise in supporting gender diversity and sexual diversity in schools. SSCV provided the model for the federally funded national program which has received international recognition for best practice from UNESCO. Through research-driven resources, teacher education and policy advocacy, the program promotes practical measures for creating affirming and inclusive learning environments for same sex attracted, gender diverse and intersex students, staff and families.


Major programs and initiatives developed and devised under Roz’s direction include All of Us; Gender is not Uniform, and the first Australian Guide to Supporting a Student to Affirm their Gender Identity at School. Roz currently sits on the Education Reference Group for the Victorian LGBTI taskforce and works closely with the Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality as part of a broader reform agenda.


Roz’s academic interests are centred on translating research into practice with a specific focus on the experiences of same sex attracted, transgender and gender diverse young people. Roz has published a number of articles within this field, and has successfully advocated for policy changes to better meet the needs of LGBTI young people in Australia.


Prior to working at La Trobe University, Roz completed an MA in Gender Studies at Sussex University (UK), led a national community youth inclusion project at Community Matters, and a national youth grants scheme as part of The Scarman Trust (UK).


Research interests

Gender and health

- Transgender and gender diverse young people's mental health and wellbeing

Sexuality and Relationships

- Supporting sexual diversity and inclusive education in schools

Recent publications

Smith, E., Jones, T., Ward, R., Dixon, J., Mitchell, A., & Hillier, L. (2014). From Blues to Rainbows: Mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia. Melbourne: The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.