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

Weight loss fail concept. Scale and depressed, frustrated and sad woman sitting on floor holding head and arms on knees.
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter provides a description of how young people are faring in relation to eating problems at 14–15 years of age.

A school girl holding her grandfather's hand and walking down the path of the house
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter describes changes in the housing experiences of children who have moved house and the impact of family separation on housing experiences.

Young girl getting her eyes checked by a medical doctor
LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2017 chapter— Oct 2018

This chapter uses data collected between 2004 and 2014 to provide a snapshot of how health care services are used.

Annual Report— Oct 2018

Australian Institute of Family Studies annual reports describe the research and operations of the Institute, along with highlights for the year.

News

Key messages from the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

This short article provides a summary of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse delivered in October 2018.


How to talk about families: Messages to use and messages to avoid

New research by the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) encourages professionals in the family wellbeing sector to ‘change the narrative’ around parenting. It recommends ‘a new “master narrative”…that shifts away from “effective parenting”’ towards a message that recognises that a child’s development is contingent on what happens around them. A messaging toolkit is available on the PRC website.


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