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.
Supporting children through disasters and traumatic events
5 Apr 2019: Natural disasters and other traumatic events can seriously impact the emotional wellbeing of those affected. The Emerging Minds organisation, which is dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Australian infants, children and adolescents, has developed a suite of resources to help workers, parents and carers to support children before, during and after a traumatic event.
Government bans personal cross-examination in certain high-risk family court cases
11 March 2019: Under the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Act 2018, from 11 September 2019 personal cross-examination will be banned in family law proceedings in certain circumstances, including when there are allegations of family violence.
In 2018, AIFS’ Family Law team was commissioned by the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) to produce a research report on the issue.
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AIFS in the news
Girls influenced by fathers' drinking — Feb 2019
Teens turn to parents and friends for help — Nov 2018
Why smacking children is harmful — Nov 2018
Mates keep bullies away — Nov 2018
Dieting a weight on teenage minds — Oct 2018
Concussion rates a concern for teenage boys — Oct 2018
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