Australian Institute of Family Studies

We are the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. We conduct research to increase the understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.

Recent publications

Commissioned report— Mar 2020

This research brief investigates children’s use of health care services, the use of health and support services and children’s unmet service needs.

A teenage boy getting his heart checked by a doctor
Working Paper— Mar 2020

Examines the association of parents’ mental health, parenting behaviours, and alcohol use and smoking with the social-emotional wellbeing of young chi

Commissioned report— Mar 2020

This brief investigates the role of parenting, parents’ mental health and their health behaviours on the social-emotional wellbeing of their children.

Teenage girl speaking to her mother while holding hands
Working Paper— Mar 2020

Examines health and support service use among Australian children, especially of at-risk children. Uses data from LSAC.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: AIFS Conference postponed

We have postponed the AIFS 2020 Conference. This is in line with the Government’s advice to cancel non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more.

We hope to reschedule towards the end of 2020, but we are not able to confirm dates yet. We will keep delegates, speakers and sponsors informed as we firm up our plans. Until then, we will suspend new registrations.

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How to stay married during coronavirus

March 2020 - With the practical challenges for individuals in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic can also come anxiety, financial insecurity and a loss of social connection. These can put a strain on even the best relationships.

In this news story on ABC News, Hayley Gleeson talks to psychologists and family experts, including our own Anne Hollonds, Director of AIFS, about the dangers for couples and ways to help them get through the crisis together.

Couples can have very different coping styles and this can lead to conflict and misunderstanding. They need to listen to each other without judgement, be kind and employ strategies to keep their own anxieties in check.

If couples can work together to get through this current crisis, they might even come out of it with a relationship closer and stronger than before.