Families Under Pressure

By Life Course Centre

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Never let a crisis go to waste: COVID-19 silver linings
00:27:42
Never Let a Crisis go to Waste: Opportunities to Reduce Social Disadvantage from COVID-19. This is a special episode, recorded as part of a panel discussion hosted by Life Course Centre research leaders. In the midst of a global crisis that has upended almost all aspects of how we live and work, a life course approach turns attention to the long-term impacts of COVID-19. Looking at the pandemic through a life course lens also provides a chance to reflect on opportunities from COVID-19 for examining long-standing, taken-for-granted rules and regulations about living and working. In the paper, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste: Opportunities to reduce social disadvantage from COVID-19’, Life Course Centre researchers offer ideas on potential opportunities for rethinking, redesigning and reworking social policies to address disadvantage. This provides an optimistic, forward-looking counterpoint to what has been a catastrophic global social, health and economic event. In this special webinar recording from Anti-Poverty Week, Life Course Centre Chief Investigators Professors Janeen Baxter, Stephen Zubrick, Deborah Cobb-Clark and Guyonne Kalb, discuss opportunities arising from COVID-19 to address long-standing inequalities in Australia in areas such as health, the tax and transfer system, labour markets and gender. There will be other pandemics and other global shocks. What we learn, and do, today will have significant bearing on future preparations and responses. This discussion explores some of the ways we might leverage the COVID-19 crisis to build back a better and fairer society for all. More information: Life Course Centre: https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/ Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Opportunities to Reduce Social Disadvantage from COVID-19 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-8462.12428 Anti-Poverty Week https://antipovertyweek.org.au/ Professor Janeen Baxter is the Director of the Life Course Centre, a position she had held since the Centre’s establishment in 2014. Based at the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland, she has research interests in disadvantage, gender inequality and family dynamics. https://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/910 Professor Stephen Zubrick is a former Life Course Centre Chief Investigator and Deputy Director 2014-2020 and now an Honorary Emeritus Research Fellow. An expert in child health, he is an Emeritus Professor at The University of Western Australia and an Emeritus Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute. https://www.telethonkids.org.au/contact-us/our-people/z/stephen-zubrick/ Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark is the Deputy Director of the Life Course Centre and has been a Chief Investigator since the Centre’s establishment in 2014. Based at the School of Economics at the University of Sydney, her research focus covers disadvantage, welfare and economic/social policy. https://www.sydney.edu.au/arts/about/our-people/academic-staff/deborah-cobb-clark.html Professor Guyonne Kalb is a Life Course Centre Chief Investigator at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are in applied micro-economics and include labour supply issues, particularly female labour supply. https://findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/profile/6582-guyonne-kalb
Nov 07, 2021
Who experiences poverty in Australia and what can we do about it?
00:25:54
Toni Wren is the Executive Director of Anti-Poverty Week, which is held every October to raise awareness and understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty in Australia, and to encourage action to end it. While Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, it still has 2.65 million people (over 1 in 10) living on income support payments below the poverty line, including 940,000 children (1 in 5). To treat all of Australia’s children fairly, we need to ensure every family has enough money to cover the basics and a secure roof over their heads. Anti-Poverty Week is calling on governments to unlock poverty by addressing these underlying inequalities via: the Raise the Rate campaign to permanently raise income support above the poverty line; and the Everybody’s Home campaign to urgently invest in social housing. In this conversation Toni Wren, and Families Under Pressure host, Life Course Centre Chief Investigator, Professor Matt Sanders, discuss what poverty means in Australia, who experiences it, lessons from COVID-19, and solutions to empower children and families to exit poverty and break the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage. More information: Anti-Poverty Week https://antipovertyweek.org.au/ Life Course Centre: https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/ Raise the Rate campaign https://raisetherate.org.au/ Everybody's Home campaign https://everybodyshome.com.au/
Oct 16, 2021
Every child in every community deserves a fair go
00:24:24
Professor Daryl Higgins is the Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. In this conversation Daryl, and Families Under Pressure host, Life Course Centre Chief Investigator, Professor Matt Sanders, discuss a topic that is so important to all of us – the safety and protection of our children. They examine the role, and potential, of public health, whole-of-population approaches to ensuring every child, in every community, is safe and protected and has the best possible start in life. Professor Daryl Higgins: www.safeguardingchildren.acu.edu.au/researcher-profiles/professor-daryl-higgins Life Course Centre: www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/
Oct 11, 2021
#8 New research directions for the Life Course Centre
00:29:04
In this episode, Professor Matt Sanders speaks to Professor Janeen Baxter and Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark - both joining the podcast for the second time. They discuss future directions for the Life Course Centre's research, the new ways it will be investigating disadvantage, and the new research disciplines, data, and methods it will employ to better support children and families. Find out more at www.lifecoursecentre.org.au
Mar 15, 2021
#7 Supporting parents to combine work and family
00:33:33
In this episode of Families Under Pressure, Professor Matt Sanders speaks to Professor Guyonne Kalb. Professor Guyonne Kalb is a Professorial Fellow, Senior Research Manager and co-Coordinator of the Labour Markets and Employment Program in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She has a PhD in Econometrics from Monash University. Her research interests are mainly in the field of applied micro-economics and include labour supply issues, in particular female labour supply; the interaction of labour supply, social security and taxation; labour supply and childcare; and the impact of childcare/parental activities on child development and health. Find out more at www.lifecoursecentre.org.au
Feb 16, 2021
#6 The Every Family population trial of parenting support
00:30:47
In this episode of Families Under Pressure, Professor Matt Sanders speaks to Dr Kylie Burke. Dr Burke's work focuses on supporting parents and children experiencing adversity, including parenting adolescents, supporting parents of children with life-threatening childhood illnesses and the intergenerational effects of social disadvantage. She is currently the Director of a population-based trial of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, a multi-level system of evidence-based parenting support. Find out more at https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au
Jan 07, 2021
#5 Rapid responses to families’ changing circumstances
00:30:20
In this episode of Families Under Pressure, Professor Matt Sanders speaks to Dr Jenna McWilliam - the Head of Organisational Development at Triple P International. Dr McWilliam is an organisational psychologist with extensive international experience, with a strong focus on enhancing social impact for children, families and communities, through the implementation and scale-up of evidenced-based programs. For more information, visit the Life Course Centre website: https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/
Jan 07, 2021
#4 Economics, human behaviour and life course outcomes
00:28:49
In this episode of Families Under Pressure, Professor Matt Sanders speaks to Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark. Prof. Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She leads the Human Capabilities Program in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. For more information, visit www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/
Dec 20, 2020
#3 The Ability School Engagement Partnership (ASEP) Project
00:30:15
In this episode of Families Under Pressure, Professor Matt Sanders speaks to Professor Lorraine Mazerolle. Prof. Mazerolle is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Queensland, and leads the Social Transformations program at the Life Course Centre, and the Social Interventions Portfolio in the Life Course Centre. She is an experimental criminologist with more than 20 years’ experience in Australia and the US running large, randomised field trials evaluating the effectiveness of various crime prevention and crime control interventions. Her research appears in the world’s top criminological journals, and has been instrumental in changing police practice. Recognised as an international leader in policing and crime control, she was the Foundation Director and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security and a Chief Investigator in the Drug Policy Modelling Program. For more information, visit www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/
Nov 30, 2020
#2 The importance of the early years of child development
00:25:28
In this episode of Families Under Pressure, Professor Matt Sanders speaks to Professor Steve Zubrick. Prof Zubrick is a Senior Principal Research Fellow based at the Telethon Kids Institute, and Deputy Director (Research) for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. For more information, visit www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/ Prior to joining the University of Western Australia, he spent 12 years as Head of the Division of Population Science at the Telethon Kids Institute. His qualifications are in the fields of psychology, and speech and hearing science.
Nov 30, 2020
#1: A life course approach to addressing disadvantage
00:19:49
These are unprecedented times for families. COVID-19 represents a severe life course shock with long-term impacts in areas such as employment, household finances, education, welfare, poverty, well-being and mental health. When there is a large-scale shock like this, the risk is that social, economic and health disadvantage can become further entrenched for those families already struggling, and those facing new unexpected pressures. The Life Course Centre is well placed to identify the risks of deep and persistent disadvantage for Australian children and families, and to develop innovative solutions to address its intergenerational impact. The Centre’s life course approach observes people’s life trajectories, not just a single point in time, and examines the influence of key life events and transitions such as childhood, adolescence and parenthood. This framework brings together a diversity of researchers, with a shared collaborative focus on tackling disadvantage and better equipping children and families to overcome it. In this episode of ‘Families Under Pressure’, Life Course Centre Chief Investigator Professor Matt Sanders speaks with Centre Director Professor Janeen Baxter, a leading sociologist at the forefront of research on family dynamics. They discuss the unique pressures facing families today, the important role of family structures, parenting, relationships and other supports, and what can be done to best support those experiencing, or at high risk of, the negative effects of disadvantage in these uncertain times. For more information, visit https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/
Oct 12, 2020
Families Under Pressure - Introduction
00:01:33
Join Professor Matt Sanders from The University of Queensland for this new podcast series from the Live Course Centre. Over this series, we examine the pressures facing families today and the practical steps that can be taken to better support our children and families over their life course journey. You can learn more about the Life Course Centre and our work at https://www.lifecoursecentre.org.au/ Make sure you subscribe, wherever you get your podcasts.
Oct 08, 2020