Postgraduate research program
The CHCYAP Research Collaboration Postgraduate Research Program involves Masters and PhD students undertaking research projects developed collaboratively by Federation University Australia and CHCYAP community sector and government stakeholders. The postgraduate students are enrolled full-time at FedUni and awarded tax-free scholarships collectively funded by a number of CHCYAP members:
- CAFS (Child and Family Services Ballarat Inc)
- Berry Street
- State Government of Victoria (Department of Education and Training , Department of Health and Human Services West Division Central Highlands, Vulnerable Children’s Reform Unit)
- Central Highlands Family Violence Committee
- Central Highlands Family Services Alliance
Students are co-located at Federation University Australia SMB Campus, and community agencies (CAFS Legacy and Research Centre, CAFS Ararat, Berry Street, and Pyrenees Shire Council). Supervisory panels include academic staff from FedUni, and industry co-supervisors representing partner agencies and key CHCYAP stakeholders.
Seven students are currently conducting research projects into CHCYAP priority areas. Please see CHCYAP student profiles for further details.
Key themes include:
- Service integration
- Co-design as a research methodology in human services
- Reducing family violence (reducing the incidence and impact on children and young people)
- Improving outcomes for children in out-of-home care
- Supporting parents to effectively nurture and protect their children from harm