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Biography

As Acting Director of the Family Action Centre, Penny Crofts leads a dynamic multi-disciplinary centre that is directed towards strengthening families and communities through the integration of teaching, research and practice. Penny has  extensive experience in teaching, research and practice in the non-government family and community services sector. Penny has been at the forefront of the Family Action Centre's development of postgraduate programs in Family Studies, and the establishment of the Discipline of Family Studies.

Qualifications

  • Master of Social Work, University of New South Wales, 06/05/1988
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of New South Wales

Research

Research keywords

  • Community services
  • Early Intervention
  • Family studies

Research expertise

Non-Government Family and Community Services Sector

Human Service Program Design and Evaluation

Capacity Building in the Non-Government Family and Community Services Sector

Early Intervention and Prevention Programs

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160799Social Work Not Elsewhere Classified50
169999Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified50

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Collaboration

As a member of the academic staff based at the Family Action Centre, Penny works with University Newcastle partners such as the Equity Unit, the School of Education, Social Work, Wollotuka Institute, and the English Language and Foundation Studies Unit, as well as with external partners, to trial and test new models of service delivery that are directed towards strengthening families and communities.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Project Management

Organisational Planning and Development

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Family Studies
  • Social work

Teaching expertise

Family Studies

Social Work

Human Service Program Design and Evaluation

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
2002Gray MM, Crofts PJ, 'Social entrepreneurship and its implications for social work: Preliminary findings of research into business in Newcastle and the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia', Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 12(2) 95-122 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: MEL GRAY

2005Crofts PJ, Begg P, 'Defying the Odds: Enterprising Social Work Practice in a Rural Employment Project', Rural Society, 15 331-347 (2005) [C1]

Publications

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Chapter (1 outputs)

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2014Crofts P, Schubert L, Bird K, 'Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Striving to Address Domestic and Family Violence in Australia', Family Violence from a Global Perspective: a Strengths Based Approach, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA 216-233 (2014) [B1]

Co-authors: LEANNE SCHUBERT

Journal article (6 outputs)

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2011Mathisen BA, Yates P, Crofts PJ, 'Palliative care curriculum for speech-language pathology students', International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 46 273-285 (2011) [C1]
2008Gray MM, Crofts PJ, 'Social development and its relevance to Australian social work', Australian Social Work, 61 88-103 (2008) [C1]
2005Crofts PJ, Begg P, 'Defying the Odds: Enterprising Social Work Practice in a Rural Employment Project', Rural Society, 15 331-347 (2005) [C1]
2004Gray MM, Crofts PJ, 'Partnerships: Marrying the strengths and resources of diverse interest groups', Social Work: a professional journal for the social worker, 40 246-259 (2004) [C1]

Co-authors: MEL GRAY

2003Gray MM, Healy K, Crofts PJ, 'Social enterprise: is it the business of social work?', Australian Social Work, 56 141-154 (2003) [C1]
2002Gray MM, Crofts PJ, 'Social entrepreneurship and its implications for social work: Preliminary findings of research into business in Newcastle and the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia', Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, 12(2) 95-122 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: MEL GRAY

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Conference (5 outputs)

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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: GRAEME STUART

2008Geggie JB, Crofts PJ, 'Case study 3: No survey without service: A unique idea for a university', 5th Australian Family and Community Strengths Conference: Program & Abstract Book, Callaghan, NSW (2008) [E3]

Co-authors: JUDI GEGGIE

2003Crofts PJ, Begg P, 'Tackling Unemployment through Community Development', Australian Association of Social Workers National Conference, Canberra (2003) [E2]
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]
2003Crofts PJ, 'Fistering Connections Beyond the Classroom - Primary Education Students and Service Learning through School-Community projects', Family and Community Strengths Conference, Newcastle University (2003) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants12
Total funding$68,704

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2013 (1 grants)

Third International Symposium on Urban Society: International Conference of Urban Child, Youth and Family Studies under the context of Globalisation, China 23-24 May 2013.$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020132013
GNo:G1300743

2007 (1 grants)

Palliative Care Curriculum for Speech Pathology and Social Work Undergraduates (PCC4U) Program$10,000
Funding Body: Department of Health

Project Team
Doctor Bernice Mathisen, Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
National Palliative Care ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020072007
GNo:G0187729

2006 (2 grants)

Capacity building in aged residential care: An intervention research project$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Jill Gibbons, Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020062006
GNo:G0186673

33rd International Congress of Schools of Social Work, 28-31 August 2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186521

2005 (2 grants)

Equity Research Fellowship Round 1 2005$25,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020052005
GNo:G0184876

Mentoring male social work students - Developing a strategy to increase retention rates$2,500
Funding Body: Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators

Project Team
Doctor Jill Gibbons, Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020052005
GNo:G0185863

2003 (1 grants)

Australian Association of Socil Workers National Conference: Cooperating for Social Justice 28/09 to 1/10/03$530
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$53020032003
GNo:G0183655

2002 (3 grants)

Job seeker assistance in a rural context: a study of a community social work approach$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020022002
GNo:G0182306

Job seeker assistance in a rural context: a study of a community social work approach.$5,000
Funding Body: Samaritans

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Two Bishops Trust - Research FundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020022002
GNo:G0182528

Inspiring Regional Australia National Conference, Bunbury, WA 16-18 October 2002$665
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$66520022002
GNo:G0182542

2001 (2 grants)

Engaging with Business: A Third Sector Perspective$5,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,50020012001
GNo:G0181665

16th Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference, Singapore 31 July - 3 August 2001$1,309
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,30920012001
GNo:G0181011
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Ms Penelope (Penny) Crofts

Work Phone(02) 4921 6859
Fax(02) 4921 8686.
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PositionManager
Director
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
P3.1,
Station 3,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/penny-crofts