Policy forums

Families Australia conducts interactive policy forums that are open to members and other stakeholders, including government officials and researchers. The aim of each forum is to listen to the views of participants about issues facing families and to provide the latest information on national family policy, practice and research.

Major issues arising from the policy forums are analysed in light of research evidence and inform Families Australia’s policy advice to the Australian Government and Parliament.

In late 2015, Families Australia commenced a policy forum series entitled ‘Building Stronger Australian Families’, a set of expert-led discussions about what families will need in order to thrive in coming decades.

Forums are usually conducted 2-4 times per annum in capital city locations.

Previous forums

Canberra: 5 June 2017

Watch video recording of the event here

Opportunities and losses in the transition to parenthood: Family formation, social connectedness, work and mental wellbeing
Dr Liana Leach – Research Fellow, The Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), the Research School of Population Health, The Australian National University

Canberra: 24 March 2017

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What would work (and care) look like if it was more equal?
– Professor Lyndall Strazdins, Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University

Canberra: 7 November 2016
Making choices: using what we already know to achieve better outcomes
– Allyson Essex, Principal Adviser, BETA

Sydney: 2 May 2016
Early intervention and the first thousand days of child development
– Sue West, Associate Director, Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital

A brighter future for child safety and wellbeing: How? When?
– Dr Brian Babington, CEO, Families Australia and Convenor, National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing

Canberra: 11 April  2016 (repeat of November 2015 Building Stronger Australian Families Policy Forum)

Framing future family policy for longer collective action and impact
Professor Alan Hayes AM, Distinguished Professor of Family Studies
Director, Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

Joining forces: policies for work and family
Dr Lyndall Strazdins, Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University

Watch video presentation here.

Melbourne: 29 February 2016
Protecting Australia’s Children: using the first 1000 days to build health and wellbeing in families and communities
– Professor Kerry Arabena, Director, Indigenous Health Equity Unit, The University of Melbourne

National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020: Latest developments
– Dr Brian Babington, CEO, Families Australia and Convenor, National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing

Perth: 18 September 2015
National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020: What’s been happening and what’s next?

 

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