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Family Action CentreI am passionate about inclusive, interactive processes that build on the strengths of communities and individuals. I started at the Family Action Centre (FAC) in 2003 as a community worker with the Caravan Project supporting permanent residents of caravan parks. Since then I've been involved in a range of FAC projects and now focuses on community engagement, asset based community-driven development and strength-based practice through teaching, research and supporting other organisations.

I started working with communities in 1983 (through social change movements) and have continued to do so ever since in both paid and voluntary capacities. Before starting at the Family Action Centre, I worked in a range of organisations including Newcastle Youth Service, the Newcastle Community Youth Development Project, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Uniting Church’s Division of Social Justice and Newcastle TAFE. I’ve also volunteered with a range of peace, justice and environment movements including Transition Newcastle, People for Nuclear Disarmament, the Alternatives to Violence Project, Action for World Development, Oxfam and the Wilderness Society.

I have extensive experience facilitating workshops on a variety of topics with a wide range of people including community workers, teachers, students, homeless youth, parents, Aboriginal prison inmates, and the general community.

My research focuses on practice-based and applied research in relation to strengths-based approaches to working with communities. Current and previous research projects include:

  1. The Transition Streets Challenge – Exploring the community engagement strategies (both the process and impact) involved in the Transition Streets Challenge - a local neighbour level sustainability project. (Partner: Transition Newcastle; Co researchers: Amanda Howard and Emily Grace).

     

  2. Strengths-based approaches for organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - Exploring what is working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how organisations can build on these strengths. (Co-researchers: Jenny Cameron, Amanda Howard, Paul Hodge).

     

  3. Special Needs Unlimited Group (SNUG) – The evaluation of strengths-based retreats for the whole family of children with rare conditions and the engagement of students in service-learning. (Partner: SNUG; Co-researchers: Emma Hazelwood, Jessica Altmann, Kirsty Stapylton, Imelda Burgman, Bernice Mathisen and Elizabeth Sinclair).

     

  4. What can we do? Communities Responding to Violence –An action research project which explored how to build on community strengths to respond to domestic and family violence. (Partner: Caravan Project; Co-researchers: Dee Brooks, Craig Hammond).

     

  5. Engaging Aboriginal Fathers –Explored ways in which family and community services can engage Aboriginal fathers. (Co-researcher: Craig Hammond).

     

  6. Supporting residents of caravan parks: Principle of promising practice – Identified principles of practice for strengths-based community engagement in caravan parks. (Partner: Caravan Project).

Outside of paid work I have been happily married to Cathy for over 25 years and am the proud father of two beautiful girls (Jasmine and Alexa). I am the convenor of Transition Newcastle (a local environment group), actively involved in the Parents and Citizens Associations at Jasmine’s and Alexa’s schools, and write a blog on community engagement and sustainability (http://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/).</p>

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 12/12/2003
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Melbourne, 12/04/1986
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Welfare Studies), University of Newcastle, 08/05/1993
  • Master of Letters (Peace Studies), University of New England, 08/04/1995

Research

Research keywords

  • Asset-based community development
  • Community engagement
  • Strengths-based practice

Research expertise

Graeme Stuart's fields of research include working with marginalised communities, strength-based practice, youth work, engaging communities and asset-based community development. He has specialised in practice-based research that grows out of community based programs and concerns. He has linked theories of nonviolence and strength-based practices in working with marginalised sections of the community.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
169999Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified35
160810Urban Sociology And Community Studies35
160799Social Work Not Elsewhere Classified30

Invitations

Supporting Caravan Park Residents: A Best Practice Forum
Family Action Centre, Australia (Paper presented at a best practice forum)
2006

Collaboration

Graeme is part of The University of Newcastle Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) research cluster. With members from Geography, Social Work and the Family Action Centre, we are interested in how ABCD can be applied in a range of contexts and the impact of this approach.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Graeme Stuart has been team leader and practitioner/researcher at the Family Action Centre since 2003. He has developed considerable expertise administering research and community projects and in professional development about linking theory to practice through staff development and action research through the Family Action Centre as well as through his private consultancies. The projects Graeme lead brought in considerable recurrent funding to the Family Action Centre and attracted research funding from external sources.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Asset-based community development
  • Community capacity building
  • Community engagement
  • Strengths-based practice

Teaching expertise

Graeme has taught in a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social work, social science and health sciences. Course include Community engagement: Cross disciplinary perspective; Capacity building in the human services; Current trends in human service delivery; Schools, families and communities; Youth studies and Community administration. In the TAFE sector he has taught in the community welfare and youth work courses.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Stuart GR, 'It beats living in a tent: a survey of residents in eight Lower Hunter caravan parks', Parity, 18 17-18 (2005) [C2]
2006Stuart GR, 'What does Gandhi have to say about youth work?', Youth and Policy: the journal of critical analysis, 93 77-89 (2006) [C1]
2004Stuart GR, 'Youth work and managing behaviour', Youth and Policy, 85 19-36 (2004) [C1]
2013Stuart GR, 'The Transition Streets Challenge: Potential and challenges', New Community Quarterly, 10 41-45 (2013) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Stuart GR, Youth Work and Nonviolence: Nonviolence as a Foundation for Youth Work Practice, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 257 (2008) [A1]

Journal article (15 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Stuart GR, 'The Transition Streets Challenge: Potential and challenges', New Community Quarterly, 10 41-45 (2013) [C1]
2013Stuart GR, Hazelwood E, Sinclair EJ, Bourne K, 'Service-learning at retreats for children with special needs and their families', Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement, 8 64-84 (2013) [C1]
2010Grace E, Mathisen BA, Stuart GR, Hawes H, 'Students' experiences of family-centred strength-based practice in a non-traditional clinical setting', ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 12 78-81 (2010) [C1]
2009Stuart GR, 'Stepping stones: Building relationships between caravan park residents and schools', Boys in Schools Bulletin, 12 (2009) [C2]
2009Stuart GR, Brooks DA, Stephens C, 'It's nearly time to go: Asset Based Community Development with transient caravan park communities', Parity, 22 27-28 (2009) [C2]
2008Stuart GR, 'Families with children living in caravan parks', Parity, 21 31-32 (2008) [C2]
2007Stuart GR, Giles RJ, Hamilton J, 'Homelessness: Stories from the street, the experience of service provision', Parity, 20 39-40 (2007) [C2]
2006Stuart GR, 'What does Gandhi have to say about youth work?', Youth and Policy: the journal of critical analysis, 93 77-89 (2006) [C1]
2005Stuart GR, 'Beyond the boom gate', Parity, 18 24 (2005) [C2]
2005Stuart GR, 'It beats living in a tent: a survey of residents in eight Lower Hunter caravan parks', Parity, 18 17-18 (2005) [C2]
2005Stuart GR, 'Exclusion and behaviour management in youth work', Newsletter of the Youth Action and Policy Association, 15 8-11 (2005) [C3]
2004Stuart GR, 'Nonviolence as a framework for youth work practice', Youth Studies Australia, 23 26-32 (2004) [C1]
2004Stuart GR, 'Youth work and managing behaviour', Youth and Policy, 85 19-36 (2004) [C1]
2001Stuart GR, 'Are you old enough? Young people and research ethics', Youth Studies Australia, 20 34-39 (2001) [C1]
2001Stuart G, 'Developing cultures of nonviolence in youth services: Research update 2', NSW Youth Action and Policy Association, 11 (2001) [C3]
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Conference (17 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Stapylton K, Burgman I, Stuart GR, 'Experiences of a strengths-based camp for rural and remote families who have a child with a disability', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2010Altmann J, Burgman I, Stuart GR, 'The parental experience of raising a child with a disability in rural NSW', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Stapylton K, Stuart GR, Burgman I, 'Experiences of a strengths based camp for rural and remote families who have a child with a disability', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Stuart GR, 'An overivew of SNUG', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Stuart GR, 'Strengths-based assessment', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Hazelwood E, Mathisen BA, Stuart GR, 'Students learning family-centred, strength-based practice in a non-traditional clinical setting', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2008Brooks DA, Stuart GR, 'Stepping stones: From caravan park to school', 5th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Callaghan, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Stuart GR, Brooks DA, Hammond CA, 'Developing strengths-based domestic and family violence resources: Potential and challenges', 5th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Callaghan, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Stuart GR, Brooks DA, Stephens C, Howard JC, 'Supporting caravan park residents: Principles of promising practice', 5th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Callaghan, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Stuart GR, Bourne KM, Crofts PJ, 'Asset mapping as a teaching tool', Program: Keynotes and Concurrent Sessions. The Inaugural ABCD Asia Pacific Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: Penny Crofts

2008Stuart GR, 'I try and make it feel more like a home: Families living in caravan parks', 10th Australian Institute of Family Studies: Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
2008Hammond CA, Stuart GR, 'Brothers inside: Fathering workshops with indigenous prisoners', The First National Indigenous Family & Community Strengths Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Callaghan, NSW (2008) [E3]
2005Stuart GR, 'Exclusion and behaviour management in youth work', When is banning OK? How to keep staff, property and other service users safe : Youth Action and Policy Association Forum, Sydney (2005) [E2]
2004Stuart GR, 'Community leadership : a tale of two residential parks', Papers and Abstracts, University of Technology, Sydney (2004) [E1]
2004Stuart GR, 'Nonviolence as a foundation for youth work', Knowledge into action! : effective practice for child and family services, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (2004) [E3]
2003Gray MM, Crofts PJ, Geggie JB, Gibbons JL, Stuart GR, 'Putting Families First - Towards the Development of a one stop model of service provision for families of young children', Family and Community Strengths Conference, Newcastle University (2003) [E3]
2002Stuart GR, 'Youth work as informal education - issues of control', What Works? : Evidence based practice in child and family services, Swiss Grand, Bondi Beach Sydney (2002) [E1]
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Report (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Stuart GR, Hazelwood E, Altmann J, Stapylton K, Burgman I, Mathisen B, Sinclair E, 'SNUG: Reflections from retreats for families with children with a rare condition', Steve Waugh Foundation, 50 (2012)
2007Stuart GR, 'Supporting residents of caravan parks: Principles of promising practice', Australian Government under the National Homelessness Strategy, 90 (2007)
2006Stuart G, Hammond C, 'Brothers Inside: Reflections on fathering workshops with Indigenous prisoners', Family Action Centre, Newcastle. (2006) [R1]
2006Giles R, Stuart G, Hamilton J, Stefans P, 'Homelessness: Stories from the street. A qualitative exploration of the issues, risks and survival', Mission Australia and University of Newcastle, Newcastle (2006) [R1]
2004Eddy G, Stuart G, 'Community Leadership Project:Hunter Caravan Parks Evaluation Report', Family Action Centre, Newcastle. (2004) [R1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Stuart G, Nonviolence and youth work practice in Australia, (2003) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants10
Total funding$414,357

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2012 (1 grants)

AUCA international conference 'Next Steps: Community Engaged Learning', 9-11 July 2012$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020122012
GNo:G1200693

2008 (4 grants)

Disaster planning in park communities$48,666
Funding Body: Disaster Recovery Advisory Committee

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Hunter Community Recovery FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$48,66620082008
GNo:G0188480

Dads in the workplace - building on fathering experience to develop child friendly communities $20,000
Funding Body: Port Stephens Council

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020082008
GNo:G0189086

Strengths-based assessment by family and communmity workers: an action research project$9,966
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,96620082008
GNo:G0189169

10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 9/7/2008 - 11/7/2008$943
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$94320082008
GNo:G0189046

2007 (2 grants)

Communities for children Raymond Terrace and Karuah family bus project.$71,460
Funding Body: Port Stephens Family Support Service Inc

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$71,46020072009
GNo:G0187341

Partners and Parents (PIP) Project$34,000
Funding Body: Family Child Care Services Central Coast Inc

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$34,00020072007
GNo:G0188262

2006 (3 grants)

What can we do? Communities responding to violence$107,782
Funding Body: Department of Family and Community Services

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual AssaultChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$107,78220062007
GNo:G0186533

Stepping Stones: From Caravan Park to School$76,000
Funding Body: Telstra Foundation

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart
SchemeRole
Community Development FundChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$76,00020062007
GNo:G0185888

Supporting caravan park residents - A national best practice forum$43,840
Funding Body: Department of Family and Community Services

Project Team
Doctor Graeme Stuart, Mrs Judi Geggie
SchemeRole
National Homelessness StrategyChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$43,84020062007
GNo:G0186658
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.2

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20062014PhD (Social Work)Co-SupervisorSupport for Children and Families Living with a Family Member with Mental Illness
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Dr Graeme Stuart

Work Phone(02) 4921 7241
Fax(02) 4921 8686
Email
PositionResearch & Teaching Academic
Family Action Centre - Teaching and Learning
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCommunity Welfare
Office
AOB 16,
Academic Office Block,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/graeme-stuart
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-centre/fac/research/researcher-profiles/graeme-stuart.html