Federation University Australia and CAFS host candidature event

WORKING TOGETHER: From back left, Woody Boyce, Lauren Irvin, Kim Cooper, Kaye Stevens, Rachel Goff, Carina O’Neill and Michelle Hunt. Picture: supplied

WORKING TOGETHER: From back left, Woody Boyce, Lauren Irvin, Kim Cooper, Kaye Stevens, Rachel Goff, Carina O’Neill and Michelle Hunt. Picture: supplied

University students developing projects to help families affected by violence have presented their research proposals to a panel of academic and industry experts.

Seven Federation University students are undertaking research projects in the priority areas of family violence, supporting parenting and increasing attendance and engagement at kinder and school.

Two students presented their confirmation of candidature at CAFS Legacy and Research Centre on June 1, while a third student presented an update on her research project. 

A confirmation of candidature is the process in which a PhD student presents a research proposal to a panel of academic and industry experts.

The event was part of the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) Research Collaboration. University research co-ordinator Dr Christina Sadowski said the students were in the early stages of their projects.

“This is an exciting day for the research collaboration. These students have been working extremely hard, with the support of academic and industry supervisors, to develop projects which will make a difference to the Central Highlands,” Dr Sadowski said.

“The engagement of industry partners and CHCYAP stakeholders means that the projects focus on issues of importance to our community. We are confident that the findings will contribute to practice and policy within and beyond the Central Highlands region.”

At the confirmation of candidature, Rachel Goff presented her proposal for the project ‘It takes a village to raise a family: A place-based response to support families under pressure’.

Kim Cooper presented her proposal about ‘Supporting children and young people in Out-of-Home Care: A study of the perspectives of foster and kinship carers’.

Carina O’Neill, who is undertaking her Masters by Research, presented an update on her research project ‘Towards an understanding of user journeys: How families navigate through early childhood services in a rural Victorian city’.

Dr Sadowski said children and youth area partnerships allowed a range of government departments, community organisations and health services, police, education and training providers, businesses, service users and the broader community to work together to reduce child and youth vulnerability.

“We are using principles of collective impact to work together to address complex social problems and aim for social change,” she said.

CAFS, Berry Street, State Government of Victoria, Central Highlands Family Violence Committee, Central Highlands Family Services Alliance and Federation University Australia have funded the Masters and PhD scholarships.