The University of Newcastle, Australia

Online flexibility. Check. A degree that would help further her career. Check. Supportive teachers. Check. It’s safe to say that the University of Newcastle checking all these boxes made returning to study a Master of Family Studies an easy decision for Ann.

After working as a Project Officer for Family and Community Services, Ann wanted to explore the ways she could support disadvantaged families and children through the development of evidence-based trauma informed practices in her workplace.

“I chose the University of Newcastle because it was the only university to offer a degree like this, specialising in intensive family support.

“I was specifically looking to gain a postgraduate degree which would support my focus on trauma informed practice,” Ann said.

Living in Tasmania, the online format of the program meant that Ann could study the degree she wanted, without having to leave home. And the distance didn’t make her feel any less connected.

“As I lived in Tasmania and the options available from the local university were extremely limited, I really appreciated the online format of the course. It meant I could gain the knowledge and experience needed in specific areas which I have now been able to apply to my role.

“I did face some challenges during my studies but I must say the support I received from the university was outstanding,” Ann said.

Since completing her postgraduate degree, Ann has been promoted to a Senior Researcher at Baptcare and is responsible for undertaking of research projects across all areas of the organisation including Aged Care, Family and Community Services, Affordable Housing and Asylum Seeker services.

Now, she’s leading Baptcare in becoming an evidence-based organisation with a focus on mental health, social isolation, family violence, dementia and complex care.

So, what are Ann’s goals for the future? As she continues to build her profile as an academic social researcher, she’s considering a PhD as her next step.

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Ann MacRae

Ann MacRae

Ann is applying her Master of Family Studies in her workplace, Baptcare, after studying online with the University of Newcastle.

As I lived in Tasmania and the options available from the local university were extremely limited, I really appreciated the online format of the course. It meant I could gain the knowledge and experience needed in specific areas which I have now been able to apply to my role.