Tag Archives: Family Action Centre

Global Climate Strike (Friday 20 September): Everyone is invited, everyone is needed

I’m very pleased that my work place (the Family Action Centre) has endorsed the School Strikers and the Global Climate Strike on Friday 20 September. Here is our statement: The Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, recognises that families and … Continue reading

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Research at the Family Action Centre

Today I’m giving a two minute “pitch” about research at the Family Action Centre. We have to “show how your discipline’s research contributes to a consumer, client or potential industry partner.” Continue reading

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Interested in postgraduate study in family studies?

If you could be interested in postgraduate study in family studies, the Family Action Centre is offering an online, interactive information session on Wednesday 10th April, 2019 at 7.30pm, Newcastle time. Continue reading

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My current projects (April 2019)

I’m employed as a lecturer at the Family Action Centre (FAC), University of Newcastle (Australia) which is a great place for somebody with my interests as the FAC incorporates teaching, research, and the delivery of family and community programs. There is always something interesting going on. Here are some of the projects I’m currently involved in. Continue reading

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Presenting 2 papers at the Family & Relationship Services Australia conference

I’ve had two papers accepted for the Family & Relationship Services Australia conference in Cairns in November this year. One on the Alternatives to Violence Project and one on Uni4You: the abstracts are below. If you are at the conference, … Continue reading

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Smoking and community engagement

All campuses of the University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia, are now smoke free. I love working in a smoke free environment and don’t miss the days when smoking was much more common. When I was much younger, I had to … Continue reading

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Creating an online course on engaging families and communities

From 2018, an undergraduate online elective I teach on community engagement at the University of Newcastle will be one of a growing number of courses (or subjects) the Family Action Centre is offering in family studies at both an undergraduate … Continue reading

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Building relationships

Relationships are at the heart of family and community work; and building relationships take time. When I helped run groups for people living in caravan parks, we door knocked around the parks inviting residents to join us. Each week we … Continue reading

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Selecting an example of community engagement to critique

I ask students doing an online subject on community engagement at the University of Newcastle to critique an example of community engagement as one of their major assessments and, because the students come from a wide range of disciplines, it … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – what we learnt

In this post, the last in a series on some fathering workshops I helped facilitate for Aboriginal men in jail, I explore some of the things we (Craig Hammond and I) learnt from doing the workshops. The workshops, Brothers Inside, … Continue reading

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