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Centre for Children and Young People

Our Team

The work of the Centre for Children & Young People is led by the Director, Professor Anne Graham, and supported by a dynamic, committed team of multidisciplinary researchers, a distinguished Advisory Board, young persons' consultative groups, research Associates from Schools across the University, engaged and supportive Adjunct staff, high performing postgraduate students and regular visiting scholars. This diverse and talented team contributes immense expertise in undertaking research, education and advocacy activities to advance the rights and wellbeing of children and young people in the different contexts in which they live their lives.


Anne Graham Professor Anne Graham is the Founding Director of the Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP). Under Anne's leadership the CCYP has built the reputation of Southern Cross University as a key player regionally, nationally and internationally in providing high quality, high impact interdisciplinary research aimed at improving policy and practice in key areas of children and young people's lives. Over the past 10 years Anne has led over 50 research projects, focused primarily on children's rights and wellbeing, including 5 ARC Linkage grants and 1 ARC Discovery, attracting well over $6.5 million in funding. To help ensure relevance and strong industry engagement, this research has been undertaken collaboratively with state and Commonwealth government departments, as well as key statutory bodies, major national and international NGOs, and many other community based organisations. Anne has published extensively in scholarly journals and books, and provides a substantial number of presentations, seminars and collaboratively run workshops to help ensure partner organisations benefit from research undertaken with the Centre. Anne's research has also resulted in the development of a highly successful psycho-social education program, Seasons for Growth, which provides children, young people and parents with knowledge and skills to adapt to significant change in family life following death, separation, divorce and other loss experiences. Over 250,000 children and young people in 5 countries have now participated in the program.

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Advisory Board Members

The CCYP Advisory Board provides advice on the strategic directions for the Centre consistent with its key functions of research, education and advocacy.

The Advisory Board is chaired by Associate Professor Judy Cashmore (University of Sydney) and includes leading Australian researchers and educators, members of the judiciary, aboriginal elders and representatives from key services on the NSW North Coast including education, health and community services. Judy Cashmore was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University in recognition for her immense contribution to the work of the Centre.

  • Associate Professor Judy Cashmore AO (Chair) Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
  • The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley AO Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • The Honourable Jennifer Boland Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
  • Professor Deborah Brennan Deputy-Director, Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW
  • Aunty Irene Harrington Widjabul/Bundjalung Elder
  • Richard Harris School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University
  • Professor Faye McCallum Dean and Head of School, Education, Southern Cross University
  • Professor Alan Hayes Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Dr Lyn Gardon NSW Department of Education and Communities, North Coast Region
  • Rachel Smith Director, Strategic Analysis, Centre for Education and Evaluation, Office of Education
  • Dr Tony Lembke Northern Rivers General Practice Network
  • Brian Babington Chief Executive Officer, Families Australia
  • Dr David Condon Director, Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Lismore
  • Anne Lipzker North Coast Area Health Service