News and Events


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News • 8 Jul 2021

SMS4dads support service secures regional rollout

Building on an impressive trajectory of parental intervention, the unique SMS4dads service has been successful in securing more than $2.5 million to support new fathers in rural and remote areas of Australia.


News • 13 May 2021

DadPlay: Tackling challenging behaviour in 3–5-year-olds

Australian fathers in rural, regional and remote areas, who are raising children aged three to five, with challenging behaviour, will have a helping hand through a new mobile-phone-based service.

News • 6 Sep 2020

Encouragement for dads from their unborn child

From this Fathers’ Day, 30,000 NSW fathers will get the chance to have messages from their new baby even if it’s before the birth. Researchers from the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) have created a digital platform to deliver advice and guidance directly to new dads via text.

Health students go rural with the Department of Rural Health

News • 12 Aug 2020

Growing numbers of health students choose to “go rural” in 2021

The University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health has seen a significant jump in the number of allied health students choosing to go rural in 2021, showing the increasing popularity of rural locations among domestic undergraduate students.

News • 8 Apr 2020

Helping Communities Stay Healthy and Well

Generous philanthropic support from University staff, alumni, community members and local organisations have helped the Family Action Centre at the University to expand its work with children in vulnerable communities.

Grandmothers as carers

News • 16 Oct 2018

Grandmothers deserve more recognition for caring

Grandmothers deserve more recognition for their role as caregivers and some are at risk of being overburdened, according to a report from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

Fathers Day

News • 31 Aug 2018

Helping dads cope with postnatal depression

Father’s Day on Sunday is meant to be joyful but may also be an emotional time for as many as one in 10 new dads who experience postnatal depression.

New Parents

News • 8 Aug 2018

Would you like a trial run at being a new parent?

A pilot interactive online game is giving new parents valuable information and a safe environment to test their parenting decisions.


News • 13 May 2018

Mothering - It takes a village?

Mothering, and grand-mothering, have always been complex. Whether mothers, or not, women have also carried much of the responsibility for caring, within and beyond their families.

family and community strengths

News • 30 Apr 2018

Global experts unite to build strong families, capable communities

International experts and collaborative partners who share the vision of supporting, developing, and sustaining strong families and capable communities around the world will unite in Newcastle next week for the 3rd Family and Community Strengths International Symposium.

UON Upper Hunter

News • 30 Oct 2017

UON expands its presence in the Upper Hunter region

Building on a landmark partnership between the University of Newcastle (UON) and Muswellbrook Shire Council, the economic diversification of the Upper Hunter will receive a boost from today as UON establishes a physical presence in the region.

News • 30 Mar 2017

World-first SMS program combats mental health risks among new dads

Nothing compares to the joy of becoming a dad for the first time, but the transition to fatherhood is a high-risk period of mental distress for men.


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