The rising rate of obesity, depression and substance abuse has led to growing concerns that today's Australian children are faring worse than those of twenty years ago, according to the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Some working Australian parents with very young children work and care for their children in shifts, whilst many self-employed and part time mothers of infants work and take care of their children.
Most Australian children are growing up in homes where there's been an increase in families' perceived prosperity over the two-year period between 2004 and 2006.
Australian fathers who are working longer hours than many of their overseas peers would prefer to work less, while the majority of Australian mothers who are working part-time are happy with their level of work, according to the latest snapshot of working families released today.
Australian mothers are increasingly undertaking paid work in the family home as they juggle the responsibilities of raising children and earning an income.
Australia's ageing population and a shift from institutional to community care has led to a dramatic increase in the number of women caring for family members with a disability or long term health problem.
New research has found that seven out of 10 Australian teenagers report a positive relationship with their parents - challenging the common perception that the typical parent-teenage relationship is a difficult one.
A new study Fertility and Family Policy in Australia released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies confirms that total fertility rates (TFR) are at historically low levels in Australia and below the level required for population replacement.
In the latest issue of Family Matters the Australian Institute of Family Studies' premier journal, researcher Jennifer Baxter examines relationships between work hours and specific aspects of parenting for fathers of 4-5 year old children. The study was based on data from Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, which is being managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Employment aspirations of non-working mothers with long-term health problems by Jennifer Renda, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Research paper no.40, 2007.