Author Archives: Graeme Stuart

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.

Post-Separation Counselling and Mediation Services (Part 3): Synthesis of findings

Part 3 of a series of posts about best practice in post-separation counselling and mediation services: a research project with Uniting counselling and mediation services. Continue reading

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Post-Separation Counselling and Mediation Services (Part 2): Staff interviews, client survey and document review

Part 2 of a series of posts about best practice in post-separation counselling and mediation services: a research project with Uniting counselling and mediation services. Continue reading

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Post-Separation Counselling and Mediation Services (Part 1): Introduction to research and literature review

Part 1 of a series of posts about best practice in post-separation counselling and mediation services: a research project with Uniting counselling and mediation services. Continue reading

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Dom Perrottet’s focus on families

Too often when a politician supports family values or has a focus on families, it involves a narrow definition of family and excludes many families from their vision, it is fails to address issues like poverty and discrimination facing families, and assumes certain gendered roles for men and women within a family. Continue reading

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Looking after staff

I was not very positive about my University in my last post, but a announcement earlier this month was a pleasant surprise. I do believe that the University wants to look after staff and students and, while the large, impersonal … Continue reading

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University of Newcastle improving student experience???

A number of decisions and actions by the University of Newcastle (UON) leadership over the 12 months or so, have left me disillusioned and angry. I’m sick of their rhetoric that they are making changes to improve the experience of students, I cannot support some of their decisions, and I am angry when they have shown little empathy and compassion. Continue reading

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COVID-19 and Family Violence Services in the Hunter

Some reflections about the impact of COVID-19 on families experiencing violence (in many forms) and the services supporting them. Continue reading

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Best practice in counselling and mediation services: A collaborative case study of Uniting

A summary of a recently published report by Tamara Blakemore and me: Best practice and trends in counselling and mediation services in NSW: A collaborative case study of Uniting. Continue reading

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People who don’t respect other people aren’t welcome on my blog

I’m quite angry. I don’t like it when other people try to share a message of exclusion and hate (although they would disagree) through my blog. In 2013, I shared the image above with the following comment This is a … Continue reading

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Postcards from Practice: Initial Learnings from the Name.Narrate.Navigate Program

We have just published a report, Postcards from practice: Initial learnings from Name.Narrate.Navigate. with initial learnings for work with young people and domestic violence. Continue reading

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