Dr Gloria Wright
BEd(UWS), MEd(with Merit)(Sydney), PhD(Sydney)
Phone: +61 4 0990 5691
Fax: +61 2 9351 2606
A PhD graduate of The University of Sydney, Faculty of Education and Social Work, with more than 30 years of classroom teaching and school management experience P-12 mainstream and special education in Australia, UK and Asia ~ roles span senior education consultant; Leader of the multidisciplinary team, The Resource Support Unit NSW ~ founder and principal of an independent school ~ senior project manager and policy advisor to Hong Kong Education and Manpower Bureau and Hong Kong Institute of Education in education reform initiatives in school self evaluation: The Indicators for Inclusion; Advisor to the Hong Kong Institute of Teacher Education; Executive Director of a Non Government Charity, The Pathways Foundation for children with Learning Disabilities Hong Kong; Assistant Principal, Newtown Public School.
- Dr Gloria Sunnie Wright is transforming her PhD thesis titled 'The Medicalization of Behavior in children diagnosed as having ADHD" into a literary work under the mentorship of the Gordon Graham, one of Australia’s leading playwrights. Gloria has this to say about what is sure to be an exciting venture: "My qualitative study deeply probes contrasting perspectives influencing medicalising actions. My findings expose social tensions and complexities of femininity, masculinity and medical control, involved in the process of ‘achieving’ ADHD diagnoses. In my forthcoming literary work, which I plan to complete in 2013, I will draw on my research and my thirty years of experience in working directly with parents, health professionals and educators, to create, in literary form, a platform for debate concerning the process and impact of ‘medicalisation’. Gloria, further encouraged by her former supervisors Professors Trevor Parmenter and Barbara Fawcett, is delighted to be receiving direct advice and counsel from Gordon Graham, whose plays include Innocent Bystanders, Demolition Job, Hanging Together, Earl, and The Boys, which was the basis or the feature film of the same name. His first novel, Stuffed, was published in 2001, followed by Top Bloke and other notable works.