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Dr Neil Hockey

 Brisbane - North Lakes

Experienced Mentor in Community Work, Philosophy, Maths/Physics

Brisbane tutor in Algebra, Anthropology, Calculus, ESL, Essay Writing, Further Maths, Health Studies, Hindi, History, Maths, Maths Methods, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Reading, Society and Culture, Sociology, Statistics, Teacher

I travel to these locations
Brisbane northside, Moreton region

I am currently available all days and times except Saturdays, by negotiation.

My PhD dissertation (see focused on frameworks for decolonising research methodologies. It supports participatory action research and evaluation with Indigenous and other members of society involved in developing better understandings and explanations, improving relationships and working together. In the emerging ontological framework I critiqued Western philosophical developments, linking some Indigenous epistemologies (Australian, Maori and Native American, including political philosophies and linguistics compared with quantum physics) with emergent dialectical critical realist research.

In addition to my formal academic qualifications, over the years I have completed and utilised training in areas such as: Group development and facilitation; Community development; Non-violent communication; Non-violent crisis intervention; Global sustainability; Program management; Essential management skills for the community sector; Assessment and workplace training. A central passion in my work is for revitalising education and training toward sustainable personal and social transformation that benefits both Indigenous peoples and the modern societies in which they are now embedded.

While at the University of Malaysia’s Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (2009-2011) I developed working relationships with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, a regional organisation based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Tebtebba, an Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education based in Baguio City, the Philippines.

Whether working with government agencies or a wide variety of NGOs in Australia, India and Malaysia, I have taken on roles of mentoring or tutoring others. I take great pleasure in working alongside others in their personal journeys as they strive to achieve in academic and other areas, often to the point where they have taken over aspects of my own responsibilities.
My main areas of expertise cover many aspects of research, whether based on literature or participatory action and evaluation. I am also skilled and experienced in proof-reading and copy editing. However, I am most concerned to challenge and support learners to reflect on and critique their own theoretical and methodological assumptions and approaches to their research, whether in the natural or social sciences.

My approach to tutoring is highly flexible. I customise each session to the individual or group’s life situations, experiences and academic or workplace contexts and needs. Consequently, I tend to structure each lesson around the needs of the moment. But we view these through a filter of additional readings or questions I provide for covering, prior to each lesson. Such worksheets, notes, articles or recommended texts will vary from case to case.

The tutoring I offer is primarily at University or workplace level. I am happy however, to also work with students at Senior High School levels.



Building on a foundation of teaching Maths and Science in Australia in the 1970s, followed by 6 years of community development in India, as co-founder, therapeutic community worker and community-based liaison with government and non-government agencies, I spent the next 22 years contracted with diverse government departments and NGOs, mainly in South East Qld. My roles included: secondary and tertiary teacher, tutor, State-wide Aboriginal Studies curriculum evaluator, or community research worker and program facilitator with Aboriginal and other culturally diverse groups, on issues of substance abuse, community justice and child protection. I also served on the Board of Directors for a number of non-government organisations.


PhD, MEdStudies, RSA Cert TEFLA, BA, BSc, DipEd.

PhD in transformative philosophy, investigating patterns of conditions enabling choosing and developing values, actions and structures for empowerment, justice and decolonisation through learning within colonised communities.
MEdStudies coursework masters with an emphasis on the role of education and training within and by Indigenous communities.
BA in Comparative Religion/Culture, Political/Development and Biblical Studies
DipEd, majoring in Maths and Physics
BSc, majoring in Maths, Psychology and Physics


Negotiable depending on student capacity, regularity of lessons and any travel involved.

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Yes, I'm cleared to work with children in Queensland until 27-Mar-2021 (details available on request)




Joined Tutor Finder on 19-Apr-2019 (updated profile on 13-Oct-2020)
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ESL (Tertiary)
Essay Writing (Tertiary)
Reading (Tertiary)


Algebra (Secondary)
Calculus (Secondary)
Further Maths (Secondary)
Maths (Secondary)
Maths Methods (Secondary)
Statistics (Secondary)


Physics (Secondary)


Hindi (Intermediate)

Social Science

Anthropology (Tertiary)
History (Tertiary)
Philosophy (Tertiary)
Politics (Tertiary)
Psychology (Tertiary)
Society and Culture (Tertiary)
Sociology (Tertiary)


Health Studies (Tertiary)


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