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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

Code Description Percentage
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 50
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Manager University of Newcastle
Family Action Centre
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/1998 -  Lecturer University 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Schubert 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-authors Leanne Schubert

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Mathisen BA, Yates P, Crofts PJ, 'Palliative care curriculum for speech-language pathology students', International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 46 273-285 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.3109/13682822.2010.495739
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
2008 Gray MM, Crofts PJ, 'Social development and its relevance to Australian social work', Australian Social Work, 61 88-103 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/03124070701818757
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Mel Gray
2005 Crofts PJ, Begg P, 'Defying the Odds: Enterprising Social Work Practice in a Rural Employment Project', Rural Society, 15 331-347 (2005) [C1]
2004 Gray 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-authors Mel Gray
2003 Gray MM, Healy K, Crofts PJ, 'Social enterprise: is it the business of social work?', Australian Social Work, 56 141-154 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1046/j.0312-407X.2003.00060.x
Co-authors Mel Gray
2002 Gray 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-authors Mel Gray
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Barnes 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-authors Lisa Barnes
2008 Geggie 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-authors Judi Geggie
2008 Stuart 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-authors Graeme Stuart
2003 Crofts PJ, Begg P, 'Tackling Unemployment through Community Development', Australian Association of Social Workers National Conference, Canberra (2003) [E2]
2003 Gray 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-authors Graeme Stuart, Mel Gray, Judi Geggie, Jill Gibbons
2003 Crofts 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 grants 14
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 body Department of Social Services
Project Team Ms 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
Scheme Tender
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401357
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500806
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300743
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $10,000

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

Funding body: Department of Health

Funding body Department of Health
Project Team Doctor Bernice Mathisen, Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme National Palliative Care Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187729
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20062 grants / $11,500

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Jill Gibbons, Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186673
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186521
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20052 grants / $27,500

Equity Research Fellowship Round 1 2005$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184876
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Educators
Project Team Doctor Jill Gibbons, Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185863
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183655
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182306
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: Samaritans

Funding body Samaritans
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Two Bishops Trust - Research Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182528
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182542
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20012 grants / $6,809

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181665
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Penny Crofts
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0181011
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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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

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

Office

Room P3.1
Building Station 3
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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