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The Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle in collaboration with Gadaku Institute offer a variety of Rock & Water workshops across Australia.

The workshops offer new ways to interact and engage with young children, adolescents and adults through physical/social teaching. This international program was founded by Freerk Ykema from the Netherlands.

We mostly work with; Principals, Assistant Principals, School Teachers, Youth Workers, Health Professionals and Community Support Services.


The Family Action Centre in collaboration with Holyoake offer DRUMBEAT professional development training workshops in various Australian states including QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC and SA.

DRUMBEAT was developed by Simon Faulkner from Holyoake in 2003.  Holyoake is a Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation and counselling services organisation based in Western Australia. Initially designed as an early intervention program for alienated youth in WA, DRUMBEAT is now implemented across Australia and used by; young children, adolescents, adults, schools, youth services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, child protection residential facilities, mental health services, children's hospitals, refugee trauma associations, juvenile justice centres and prisons.


The FAC provides training in strengths-based community building for government, non-government and community organisations. The broad focus areas of this training are;

  • Assets Based Community Development and
  • Art of Hosting facilitation skills.