Dr Graeme Stuart

Dr Graeme Stuart

Research & Teaching Academic

Family Action Centre (Community Welfare)

Career Summary

Biography

Family Action CentreI am passionate about inclusive, interactive processes that build on the strengths of communities and individuals. I started at the Family Action Centre (FAC) in 2003 as a community worker with the Caravan Project supporting permanent residents of caravan parks. Since then I've been involved in a range of FAC projects and now focuses on community engagement, family studies, asset based community-driven development and strength-based practice through teaching, research and supporting other organisations.

I started working with communities in 1983 (through social change movements) and have continued to do so ever since in both paid and voluntary capacities. Before starting at the Family Action Centre, I worked in a range of organisations including Newcastle Youth Service, the Newcastle Community Youth Development Project, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Uniting Church’s Division of Social Justice and Newcastle TAFE. I’ve also volunteered with a range of peace, justice and environment movements including Transition Newcastle, People for Nuclear Disarmament, the Alternatives to Violence Project, Action for World Development, Oxfam and the Wilderness Society.

I have extensive experience facilitating workshops on a variety of topics with a wide range of people including community workers, teachers, students, homeless youth, parents, Aboriginal prison inmates, and the general community.

My research focuses on practice-based and applied research in relation to strengths-based approaches to working with communities. Current and previous research projects include:

  1. Evidence-based practice in NSW children and family support services – A project supporting nine children and family support services in regional and rural NSW to enhance their implement evidence-based programs and practice and to identify strategies to improve the capacity of services to adopt evidence-based programs and practice. (Co-researchers: Alan Hayes and Deborah Hartman)

  2. Strengths-based approaches for organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - Exploring what is working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and how organisations can build on these strengths. (Co-researchers: Jenny Cameron, Amanda Howard, Paul Hodge).

  3. Special Needs Unlimited Group (SNUG) – The evaluation of strengths-based retreats for the whole family of children with rare conditions and the engagement of students in service-learning. (Partner: SNUG; Co-researchers: Emma Hazelwood, Jessica Altmann, Kirsty Stapylton, Imelda Burgman, Bernice Mathisen and Elizabeth Sinclair).

  4. What can we do? Communities Responding to Violence –An action research project which explored how to build on community strengths to respond to domestic and family violence. (Partner: Caravan Project; Co-researchers: Dee Brooks, Craig Hammond).

  5. The Transition Streets – Exploring the community engagement strategies (both the process and impact) involved in the Transition Streets - a local neighbour level sustainability project. (Partner: Transition Newcastle).

  6. Engaging Aboriginal Fathers –Explored ways in which family and community services can engage Aboriginal fathers. (Co-researcher: Craig Hammond).

  7. Supporting residents of caravan parks: Principle of promising practice – Identified principles of practice for strengths-based community engagement in caravan parks. (Partner: Caravan Project).

I have taught a range of graduate and udergraduate courses including Community engagement; Capacity building in the human services; Effective group leadership; Domestic and family violence; School and community partnerships; Engaging communities; Current trends in human service delivery; Schools, families and communities; Youth studies and Community administration. I have also been invited as a guest lecturer in a range of other courses. Before starting at the University, I also taught in the community welfare and youth work courses through TAFE.

Currently, I am part of The University of Newcastle strengths-based approaches research cluster, which includes academics from Geography, Social Work and the Family Action Centre. We are interested in how strengths-based approaches can be applied in a range of contexts and the impact of this approach.

I am also the convenor of Transition Newcastle, a facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project, a blogger (the Sustaining Community blog) and  the proud father of two wonderful daughters.



Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Welfare Studies), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Letters (Peace Studies), University of New England

Keywords

  • Asset-based community development
  • Community capacity building
  • Community engagement
  • Strengths-based practice

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 30
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies 35
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 35

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research & Teaching Academic University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia
Research & Teaching Academic University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/02/2000 - 1/06/2003 Casual Lecturer

Discipline of Social Work, School of Social Sciences

University of Newcastle
School of Social Sciences
Australia
1/02/2000 - 1/06/2003 Research Assistant

Discipline of Social Work, School of Social Sciences

University of Newcastle
School of Social Sciences
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2003 - 31/03/2008 Community worker (Caravan project) Family Action Centre University of Newcastle
Australia
1/07/1998 - 1/07/2000 Casual Youth Justice Conference Convenor Department of Juvenile Justice
Youth Justice
Australia
1/06/1996 - 1/06/1997 Project Worker Samaritans Foundation
Australia
1/09/1993 - 1/02/2000 Youth Development Officer Community Youth Development Project, Samaritans Foundation
Youth Work
Australia
1/04/1991 - 1/09/1993 Adolescent Support Worker Newcastle Youth Service
Margaret Jurd Learning Centre
Australia
1/03/1991 -  Peace Worker Uniting Church of Australia, Melbourne
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/1996 - 1/12/1996 Casual Youth Work Teacher Hunter Institute of Technology
Youth Work
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2006 Supporting Caravan Park Residents: A Best Practice Forum
Organisation: Family Action Centre Description: "Advocacy", paper presented at Supporting Caravan Park Residents: A Best Practice Forum, Port Stephens, 24-25 October 2006.

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
HLSC2241 Engaging communities
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre

An online, undergraduate elective exploring:

  1. Definitions of community engagement
  2. Reasons for community engagement
  3. Community engagement in planning and decision making; community development and community building; and service delivery
  4. Methodologies and tools for engaging communities
  5. Examples of community engagement
  6. Critical reflections on the role of community engagement in specific fields of study
  7. Ethical practice

Lecturer and course coordinator 1/07/2008 - 16/01/2017
SWRK6004 Capacity building human service
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre
Lecturer and Course Coordinator 1/07/2008 - 30/06/2014
HLSC6105 Community engagement
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre

An elective in the Master of Family Studies (and other degrees) including

  1. What is community engagement?
  2. Reasons for community engagement
  3. Overview of research and practice from Australian and international perspectives
  4. Strategies and tools for engaging communities
  5. Case studies from a range of disciplines
  6. Critical reflection on the role of community engagement in a range of fields of study
Lecturer and Coordinator 1/02/2011 - 1/12/2016
HLSC2100 Volunteerism - Perspectives and Management
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre
Course coordinator 1/02/2015 - 1/12/2016
EDUC6159 School and Community Partnerships
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre
Lecturer and course coordinator 30/06/2013 - 1/12/2015
HLSC6127 Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre
Joint lecturer 1/02/2015 - 30/06/2015
HLSC6518 Effective Group Leadership
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre
Joint lecturer 1/07/2015 - 30/06/2016
HLSC6511 Special Project in Family Studies
The University of Newcastle - Family Action Centre
This course is designed to enable students to undertake an in-depth project consolidating their learning and setting their future professional or academic direction in the field of Family Studies. It is a self-directed course that enables students to choose an area of interest in the field of Family Studies, negotiate and undertake a project that delves deeply into that area of interest and report on the project by writing a report in the genre of the field they will be entering once they complete the program. They will also report to a wider public audience in an appropriate format.
Student project supervisor 1/07/2016 - 30/12/2016
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $577,238

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $82,881

Family and Children Expert Panel$82,881

Funding body: Department of Social Services

Funding body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms PENNY Crofts, Associate Professor 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
Scheme Tender
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20122 grants / $81,700

Integrating Strengths and ABCD Approaches into the Work of the Centre for Appropriate Technology$80,000

Funding body: Centre for Appropriate Technology

Funding body Centre for Appropriate Technology
Project Team

Associate Professor Jenny Cameron, Dr Paul Hodge, Dr Amanda Howard, Dr Graeme Stuart

Scheme Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

AUCA international conference 'Next Steps: Community Engaged Learning', 9-11 July 2012$1,700

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200693
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20084 grants / $79,575

Disaster planning in park communities$48,666

Funding body: Disaster Recovery Advisory Committee

Funding body Disaster Recovery Advisory Committee
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Hunter Community Recovery Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188480
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Dads in the workplace - building on fathering experience to develop child friendly communities $20,000

Funding body: Port Stephens Council

Funding body Port Stephens Council
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189086
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

Strengths-based assessment by family and communmity workers: an action research project$9,966

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189169
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

10th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 9/7/2008 - 11/7/2008$943

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189046
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20072 grants / $105,460

Communities for children Raymond Terrace and Karuah family bus project.$71,460

Funding body: Port Stephens Family Support Service Inc

Funding body Port Stephens Family Support Service Inc
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0187341
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Partners and Parents (PIP) Project$34,000

Funding body: Family Child Care Services Central Coast Inc

Funding body Family Child Care Services Central Coast Inc
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188262
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20063 grants / $227,622

What can we do? Communities responding to violence$107,782

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186533
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

Stepping Stones: From Caravan Park to School$76,000

Funding body: Telstra Foundation

Funding body Telstra Foundation
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart
Scheme Community Development Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0185888
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Supporting caravan park residents - A national best practice forum$43,840

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Graeme Stuart, Mrs Judi Geggie
Scheme National Homelessness Strategy
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186658
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Support for Children and Families Living with a Family Member with Mental Illness PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Graeme Stuart

Position

Research & Teaching Academic
Family Action Centre - Teaching and Learning
Family Action Centre
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Community Welfare

Contact Details

Email graeme.stuart@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7241
Fax (02) 4921 8686
Links Facebook
Twitter
Personal Blogs

Office

Room ATC231
Building Advanced Technology Centre (Family Action Centre Office)
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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