One of the country’s leading philanthropic foundations has recognised the role the University of Queensland’s Triple P – Positive Parenting Program plays in creating positive social change.

A donation from the Ian Potter Foundation for UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre will help support the scientific development and reach of this world-acclaimed program.

Professor Matt Sanders, founder of Triple P and director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre, said it was rewarding the foundation had recognised the importance of promoting positive parenting in the community.

“One of the foundation’s main aims is to maintain a tradition of encouraging excellence and enabling innovation to facilitate positive social change - and that is exactly what we try to do at the Parenting and Family Support Centre,’’ Prof Sanders said.

The Ian Potter Foundation donation will help bring international keynote speakers and presenters to the annual Helping Families Change Conference, to be staged in Sydney from February 19.

The conference brings together the world’s leading experts in the field of supporting families to discuss the latest scientific advances.

This year’s conference, focusing on the theme of vulnerable families, is also supported by the NSW Department for Families and Communities.