Making paternity leave work: Context, policy and practice

Making paternity leave work: Context, policy and practice

Penelope Rush
6 February 2013

This webinar explored Australian and international family leave policy and father-infant attachment.

This webinar was held on 6 February 2013.

On 1 January 2013, Australia introduced two weeks government-funded Dad and Partner Pay for eligible working fathers or partners, including adopting parents and parents in same-sex couples.

In this webinar, Penelope Rush, Child Family Community Australia Information Exchange, and Dr Richard Fletcher, Fatherhood Research Network Convenor, described Australia’s family leave policy history, the social context and current family models in Australia. Key findings from a review of international paternity leave policies and practices that may inform Australia’s future approach to parental leave were also presented, along with recent research highlighting the importance of father-infant attachment for children’s development. Resources assisting practitioners to include fathers in their support for families with newborns were described.

Audio of this webinar is available on the ARACY website

The feature image is by Katie Tegtmeyer, CC BY 2.0.

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About the presenters

Penelope Rush

Penelope Rush was a Senior Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.