The Positive Futures team consists of a small group of dedicated staff from a variety of backgrounds connected to child protection. Some of these include adult health, mental health, education and criminal justice.
The diversity and experience within the Positive Futures team allows us to adequately address the complex issues in Aboriginal child protection and help us to improve the lives of Aboriginal children through rigorous research that will lead to long-term, sustainable and collaborative progress in the area of child protection.
Associate Professor Alwin Chong, Director
Associate Professor Alwin Chong is a respected Aboriginal leader and an advocate for Aboriginal health and research. Alwin has worked on a variety of large-scale research initiatives throughout his career, and is respected for his sustainable, long-term, evidence based approach. He is well-known for his dedication to his work and his ability to raise issues around Indigenous health.
Alwin has been with Positive Futures since the early consultation phase. His experience and dedication allows him to lead Positive Futures towards improving the lives of Indigenous children, from a what works evidence base.
Associate Professor Alwin Chong has a keen research interest in how Aboriginal men perceive fatherhood and fathering – particularly young men – and what can be done to best equip and encourage young Aboriginal fathers to be involved in pregnancy and infancy in order to better support their partners through the pregnancy journey and beyond. Alwin is eager to collaborate with those interested in this topic, particularly other researchers in the field, community groups and members, government departments and/or non-government organisations.
Kate Greenfield, Development Manager
In her role as Development Manager, Kate provides high level support around partnership development and stakeholder engagement, business development and collaborative opportunities and for shaping and implementing strategic directions for Positive Futures. She also provides management and support for new, emerging and current research projects and consultancy activities.
Dr. Mary Salveron, Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Mary Salveron is a Research Fellow with over 10 years experience in the field of child protection specialising in research methodologies with vulnerable children and families, evaluation of child protection systems and implementation.
As part of her post-doctoral role, Mary undertook an evaluation of the implementation, delivery and uptake of the Signs of Safety approach in Western Australia and its impact on children, parents and practitioners. She is currently involved in evaluations of parenting initiatives and Intensive Family Support Service implementation in South Australia.
Hayley Wilson, Research Assistant
As a research assistant, Hayley provides a wide range of research support, contributing to literature reviews, data extraction, data coding and qualitative analysis, cultural reviews of support programs and contributions to policy briefs and evaluations. Hayley is currently working as part of a research team investigating evidence-based knowledge in the planning and evaluation of services for early intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect (EIRD).
Hayley also undertakes Executive Officer roles, supporting high level groups such as the Aboriginal Leadership Group and the Positive Futures Consortium members. This involves meeting coordination, preparation of documents and collation of minutes and actions.