Dr Graeme Stuart

Dr Graeme Stuart

Research & Teaching Academic

Family Action Centre (Community Welfare)

Career Summary

Biography

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, family studies, 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. 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).

  2. 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).

  3. 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).

  4. The Transition Streets – Exploring the community engagement strategies (both the process and impact) involved in the Transition Streets - a local neighbour level sustainability project. (Partner: Transition Newcastle).

  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 active in 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, families and sustainability (http://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/).

Research Expertise
Graeme Stuart's fields of research include working with marginalised communities and families, 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.

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; Capacity building in the human services; Effective group leadership; Domestic and family violence; School and community partnerships; Engaging communities; 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.

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 led brought in considerable recurrent funding to the Family Action Centre and attracted research funding from external sources.

Collaborations
Graeme is part of The University of Newcastle strengths-based approaches research cluster. With members from Geography, Social Work and the Family Action Centre, we are interested in how strengths-based approaches can be applied in a range of contexts and the impact of this approach.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Welfare Studies), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Letters (Peace Studies), University of New England

Keywords

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

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 30
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies 35
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 35

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research & Teaching Academic University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
Research & Teaching Academic University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2000 - 1/06/2003 Casual Lecturer

Discipline of Social Work, School of Social Sciences

University of Newcastle
School of Social Sciences
Australia
1/02/2000 - 1/06/2003 Research Assistant

Discipline of Social Work, School of Social Sciences

University of Newcastle
School of Social Sciences
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2003 - 31/03/2008 Community worker (Caravan project) Family Action Centre University of Newcastle
Australia
1/07/1998 - 1/07/2000 Casual Youth Justice Conference Convenor Department of Juvenile Justice
Youth Justice
Australia
1/06/1996 - 1/06/1997 Project Worker Samaritans Foundation
Australia
1/09/1993 - 1/02/2000 Youth Development Officer Community Youth Development Project, Samaritans Foundation
Youth Work
Australia
1/04/1991 - 1/09/1993 Adolescent Support Worker Newcastle Youth Service
Margaret Jurd Learning Centre
Australia
1/03/1991 -  Peace Worker Uniting Church of Australia, Melbourne
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/1996 - 1/12/1996 Casual Youth Work Teacher Hunter Institute of Technology
Youth Work
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2006 Supporting Caravan Park Residents: A Best Practice Forum
Organisation: Family Action Centre Description: "Advocacy", paper presented at Supporting Caravan Park Residents: A Best Practice Forum, Port Stephens, 24-25 October 2006.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

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

Journal article (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Plath D, Crofts P, Stuart G, 'Engaging Families in Early Intervention for Child Conduct Concerns', Children Australia, 1-10 (2015)
DOI 10.1017/cha.2015.5
2013 Stuart 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]
2013 Stuart GR, 'The Transition Streets Challenge: Potential and challenges', New Community Quarterly, 10 41-45 (2013) [C1]
2010 Grace 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]
2009 Stuart 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]
2009 Stuart GR, 'Stepping stones: Building relationships between caravan park residents and schools', Boys in Schools Bulletin, 12 - (2009) [C2]
2008 Stuart GR, 'Families with children living in caravan parks', Parity, 21 31-32 (2008) [C2]
2007 Stuart GR, Giles RJ, Hamilton J, 'Homelessness: Stories from the street, the experience of service provision', Parity, 20 39-40 (2007) [C2]
2006 Stuart GR, 'What does Gandhi have to say about youth work?', Youth and Policy: the journal of critical analysis, 93 77-89 (2006) [C1]
2005 Stuart GR, 'Beyond the boom gate', Parity, 18 24 (2005) [C2]
2005 Stuart GR, 'It beats living in a tent: a survey of residents in eight Lower Hunter caravan parks', Parity, 18 17-18 (2005) [C2]
2005 Stuart GR, 'Exclusion and behaviour management in youth work', Newsletter of the Youth Action and Policy Association, 15 8-11 (2005) [C3]
2004 Stuart GR, 'Youth work and managing behaviour', Youth and Policy, 85 19-36 (2004) [C1]
2004 Stuart GR, 'Nonviolence as a framework for youth work practice', Youth Studies Australia, 23 26-32 (2004) [C1]
2001 Stuart GR, 'Are you old enough? Young people and research ethics', Youth Studies Australia, 20 34-39 (2001) [C1]
2001 Stuart 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Stapylton 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]
2010 Stuart GR, 'Strengths-based assessment', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010 Stuart GR, 'An overivew of SNUG', 6th Australian Family & Community Strengths Conference. Strengths & Assets Summit, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010 Altmann 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]
2010 Hazelwood 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]
2010 Stapylton 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]
2008 Stuart 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]
2008 Brooks DA, Stuart GR, 'Stepping stones: From caravan park to school', 5th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Callaghan, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008 Stuart 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]
2008 Stuart 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]
2008 Stuart 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]
2008 Hammond 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]
2005 Stuart 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]
2004 Stuart GR, 'Community leadership : a tale of two residential parks', Papers and Abstracts, University of Technology, Sydney (2004) [E1]
2004 Stuart GR, 'Nonviolence as a foundation for youth work', Knowledge into action! : effective practice for child and family services, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (2004) [E3]
2003 Gray 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]
Co-authors Mel Gray, Jill Gibbons
2002 Stuart 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Stuart 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)
2007 Stuart GR, 'Supporting residents of caravan parks: Principles of promising practice', Australian Government under the National Homelessness Strategy, 90 (2007)
2006 Stuart G, Hammond C, 'Brothers Inside: Reflections on fathering workshops with Indigenous prisoners', Family Action Centre, Newcastle. (2006) [R1]
2006 Giles 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]
2004 Eddy 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Stuart G, Nonviolence and youth work practice in Australia, (2003) [T3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $615,265

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20152 grants / $200,908

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts, Doctor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms Kate Akhurst-Dennis, Doctor Chris May, Ms Karen Menzies, Doctor Jennifer St George, Ms Lynette Stoker, Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Tender
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts, Doctor Richard Fletcher, Doctor Deborah Hartman, Ms Kate Akhurst-Dennis, Doctor Chris May, Ms Karen Menzies, Doctor Jennifer St George, Ms Lynette Stoker, Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Tender
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20121 grants / $1,700

AUCA international conference 'Next Steps: Community Engaged Learning', 9-11 July 2012$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200693
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20084 grants / $79,575

Disaster planning in park communities$48,666

Funding body: Disaster Recovery Advisory Committee

Funding body Disaster Recovery Advisory Committee
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Hunter Community Recovery Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188480
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Dads in the workplace - building on fathering experience to develop child friendly communities $20,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189086
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

Strengths-based assessment by family and communmity workers: an action research project$9,966

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189169
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189046
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $105,460

Communities for children Raymond Terrace and Karuah family bus project.$71,460

Funding body: Port Stephens Family Support Service Inc

Funding body Port Stephens Family Support Service Inc
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187341
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Partners and Parents (PIP) Project$34,000

Funding body: Family Child Care Services Central Coast Inc

Funding body Family Child Care Services Central Coast Inc
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188262
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20063 grants / $227,622

What can we do? Communities responding to violence$107,782

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186533
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Stepping Stones: From Caravan Park to School$76,000

Funding body: Telstra Foundation

Funding body Telstra Foundation
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Community Development Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0185888
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Supporting caravan park residents - A national best practice forum$43,840

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart, Mrs Judi Geggie
Scheme National Homelessness Strategy
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186658
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2006 Support for Children and Families Living with a Family Member with Mental Illness
Social Work, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Graeme Stuart

Position

Research & Teaching Academic
Family Action Centre - Teaching and Learning
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Community Welfare

Contact Details

Email graeme.stuart@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7241
Fax (02) 4921 8686
Links Facebook
Personal Blogs
Twitter

Office

Room AOB 10
Building Academic Office Block
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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