The Family Action Centre (FAC) is a research, teaching and practice centre focused on families and their communities. The Centre has a 30 year track record of innovative, dynamic and enduring work that aims to strengthen family and community wellbeing. The assets and diverse resources of families and communities underpin vibrant, cohesive and resilient societies.

The FAC is committed to addressing the factors that affect the health, wellbeing, social and educational paths of families, particularly for those challenged by increasingly complex vulnerabilities.

The Family Action Centre

The FAC teaches into more than 20 undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are individual course options which can be studied for professional development to enhance workforce capacity in a wide range of professions. These courses are also offered in the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies and the Master of Family Studies

Family Studies graduates are making a difference in the world, by engaging with learnings from across the globe to support our local regions and their families and communities.

The Centre delivers family support and outreach services, parenting programs, family inclusive practice programs and health evaluation initiatives, and all these activities ground the teaching and research. The Centre is hosting a range of health disciplines in an inter-professional placement unit, and about 60 student volunteers are participating in our family programs, where they liaise with human service workers in education, health, and family and community services.

The FAC is a national leader in fatherhood research, with a focus on fathers of young children and babies and supporting these fathers in their relationship with their partners. Our other major area of research is Strong Families: Capable Communities. The Centre’s considerable research in these fields provides evidence for policy and service system innovations that better mobilise capabilities to improve individual, family and community outcomes.

Well-established external collaborations with relevant branches of government, industry and community organisations support the research that is conducted at the Centre and this maximises scope for knowledge translation and exchange.

Update - October 2020

The Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium has published its Spring 2020 edition of the Fatherhood Bulletin.

Download the Spring 2020 Edition of the Fatherhood Bulletin here

This key document frames the Family Action Centre's future directions from 2016-2020.

Strategic Directions Cover Page

Download the PDF (3.9MB)

Learning and development is essential when enhancing workforce capability. Training may also be required to fill skill gaps among staff, or for mandated training and professional development.

The goal of any learning and development program is to up-skill staff to enable them to provide the best possible quality care for clients while also supporting a professional working environment for staff.

The Family Studies degrees here at The University of Newcastle offer excellent courses for professional development.

We offer post-graduate studies in:

  • Individual courses as Continuing Professional Development in Family Studies
  • The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies
  • The Master of Family Studies

All of the above can be taken in ONLINE mode.

See our Study with us page.

Postgraduate Study - Master of Family Studies

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.