The University of Newcastle, Australia

Distinguished Professor of Family Studies to join the Family Action Centre

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Family Action Centre, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine is delighted to announce that Professor Alan Hayes, currently the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, will take up his appointment as inaugural Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director of the Family Action Centre, on the 1st of July 2015.

Alan Hayes

The Family Action Centre, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine is delighted to announce that Professor Alan Hayes, currently the Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, will take up his appointment as inaugural Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director of the Family Action Centre, on the 1st of July 2015.

Professor Hayes was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 for service to the social sciences through the Australian Institute of Family Studies, as a contributor to policy research, and as an academic and author.
He has a distinguished national and international academic research and publishing record in the life pathways of children and the role of families in sustaining development, fostering resilience and reducing vulnerabilities across life. He has had a particular focus on prevention and early intervention and effective policies to support families through the life-course.

The appointment of Professor Hayes represents a significant step in the development of the discipline of Family Studies by the Faculty of Health and Medicine. Professor Hayes will lead a well-established team of academics and professional practitioners continuing to conduct innovative, high-quality research and teaching in Family Studies as well as the development and delivery of effective evidence-informed family programs.

We congratulate Professor Hayes on his appointment and eagerly await his commencement on the 1st of July. His significant contribution to the discipline in this role will build on the 25 year history of the Family Action Centre's achievements and take our centre from strength to strength.


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