2016 - June - Inaugural Research in the Round

The QFCC presented its inaugural Research in the Round in June 2016. 

Around 100 people from across the family and child support sector attended the event.


Associate Professor Daryl Higgins

Associate Professor Daryl Higgins is the Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where he has responsibility for the Institute's research program and its knowledge translation and exchange functions. The Institute undertakes a wide range of research, evaluation and dissemination projects focusing on policy- and practice-relevant issues affecting families in Australia. Daryl is also an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne.

Daryl is a registered psychologist, and has been researching child abuse, family violence, sexuality and family functioning since 1993. He has extensive experience in managing and supervising research, and has led projects looking at child abuse and neglect, child protection, children in out-of-home care, child-safe organisations, Family Court processes for responding to allegations of child abuse, caring for a family member with a disability, welfare reform, family and interpersonal violence, jobless families, past adoption and forced family separation practices, and community development approaches to child and family welfare issues. He has considerable experience in qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodology and frameworks, and has a sound knowledge of state and territory policy contexts across Australia.

Daryl has contributed to more than 200 publications (including 70 peer-review publications) and more than 350 presentations and media engagements.


Associate Professor Geoffrey Woolcock

Associate Professor Geoffrey Woolcock, Research and Strategy Manager at Wesley Mission Brisbane. A/ Professor Woolcock presented on Logan Together, a major collective impact project. He discussed the key issues and challenges in the implementation and establishment phases of this early intervention initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of children aged 0-8 years.


Associate Professor Kerryann Walsh

Associate Professor Kerryann Walsh, School of Early Childhood, Faculty of Education, QUT. A/ Professor Walsh discussed the results of a recently completed systematic review that synthesized and evaluated the results of a large number of studies relating to the evidence to support school-based education programs for the prevention of child sexual abuse. 


Professor Lorraine Mazerolle

Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, School of Social Science at the University of Queensland, and a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. Professor Mazerolle presented the results of a recently completed study responding to truancy (the Project ABILITY Truancy Trial).