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Alan Hayes AM

Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director, Family Action Centre School of Health Sciences at The University of Newcastle, Australia

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Professor Hayes was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012 for service to the social sciences through the Australian Institute of Family Studies, as a contributor to policy research, and as an academic and author. He has a distinguished national and international academic research and publishing record in the life pathways of children and the role of families in sustaining development, fostering resilience and reducing vulnerabilities across life. With qualifications in Psychology, much of his work has focused on disadvantage, with a longstanding interest in prevention and early intervention. The impact of relationship breakdown on children is a particular interest, and the factors that facilitate access to opportunity continue to be a key focus. Policy interests are in the pathways children and their families take through life, and the role of families in supporting and sustaining development across life. The role of vulnerability and resilience in shaping developmental pathways has been a particular focus. Research work has mainly focused on disadvantage, with a longstanding interest in prevention and early intervention. The impact of relationship breakdown on children is a particular interest, and the factors that impede access to opportunity continue to be a key focus.

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