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Ms Penny Crofts

Manager

Family Action Centre

Career Summary

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.

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

Teaching Expertise
Family Studies Social Work Human Service Program Design and Evaluation

Administrative Expertise
Project Management Organisational Planning and Development

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

  • Master of Social Work, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Community services
  • Early Intervention
  • Family Studies
  • Social work

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160799Social Work not elsewhere classified50
169999Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - ManagerUniversity of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
24/04/2003 - 1/10/2007LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/04/1998 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Education and Arts
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Schubert L, Crofts P, 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-authorsLeanne Schubert

Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
DOI10.3109/13682822.2010.495739
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2008Gray MM, Crofts PJ, 'Social development and its relevance to Australian social work', Australian Social Work, 61 88-103 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1080/03124070701818757
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsMel Gray
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-authorsMel Gray
2003Gray MM, Healy K, Crofts PJ, 'Social enterprise: is it the business of social work?', Australian Social Work, 56 141-154 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1046/j.0312-407X.2003.00060.x
Co-authorsMel Gray
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-authorsMel Gray
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Conference (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Barnes LR, Crofts P, 'Collaborative Research into Social Enterprise: Not For Profit (NFP) Workshop on Evidenced Based Programming', 2014 Engagement Australia Conference, Wagga Wagga (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsLisa Barnes
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-authorsJudi Geggie
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-authorsGraeme Stuart
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]
Co-authorsGraeme Stuart, Mel Gray, Judi Geggie, Jill Gibbons
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 grants14
Total funding$170,658

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20152 grants / $101,954

Family and Children Expert Panel$100,454

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding bodyDepartment of Social Services
Project TeamMs 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
SchemeTender
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1401357
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Changing World - Changing Families: Diversity and Synergy, Mumbai India, 4-6 January 2015$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500806
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $1,700

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300743
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $10,000

Palliative Care Curriculum for Speech Pathology and Social Work Undergraduates (PCC4U) Program$10,000

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding bodyDepartment of Health
Project TeamDoctor Bernice Mathisen, Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeNational Palliative Care Program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187729
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20062 grants / $11,500

Capacity building in aged residential care: An intervention research project$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Jill Gibbons, Ms Penny Crofts
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186673
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

33rd International Congress of Schools of Social Work, 28-31 August 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186521
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20052 grants / $27,500

Equity Research Fellowship Round 1 2005$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0184876
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Mentoring male social work students - Developing a strategy to increase retention rates$2,500

Funding body: Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators

Funding bodyAustralian Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators
Project TeamDoctor Jill Gibbons, Ms Penny Crofts
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185863
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

20031 grants / $530

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183655
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20023 grants / $10,665

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182306
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: Samaritans

Funding bodySamaritans
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeTwo Bishops Trust - Research Funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182528
Type Of FundingDonation - Aust Non Government
Category3AFD
UONY

Inspiring Regional Australia National Conference, Bunbury, WA 16-18 October 2002$665

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182542
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20012 grants / $6,809

Engaging with Business: A Third Sector Perspective$5,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181665
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

16th Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference, Singapore 31 July - 3 August 2001$1,309

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Penny Crofts
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0181011
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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News

International Conference in India

International Conference in India

January 13, 2015

Penny Crofts and Deb Hartman of the Family Action Centre (FAC) have been invited to be speakers at International Conference - Changing World - Changing Families: Diversity and Synergy in Mumbai, January 2015.

Ms Penny Crofts

Position

Manager
Director
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Emailpenny.crofts@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6859
Fax(02) 4921 8686.

Office

RoomP3.1
BuildingStation 3
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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