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.
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 are not able to confirm new dates yet, but we will keep delegates, speakers and sponsors informed of our plans. Until then, we will suspend new registrations.
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.
AIFS in the news
Safe on our roads? Teens and risky driving — Dec 2019
Australian teens not getting enough sleep — Dec 2019
Gambling activity among Australian teenagers — Dec 2019
Sex and romance in the teen years — Nov 2019
Culture of men’s work trapping fathers — Sep 2019
Stop blaming parents, experts say — Jul 2019
Work-family conflict on the rise for fathers — Jun 2019
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