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Australia: The best place to be a parent?

How can we make Australia a better place to be a parent and what would that look like? Economists and researchers have compared Australian policies, business practices and community support with international best practice. Their report pulls no punches.

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Paid Parental Leave scheme turns 10

It’s been ten years since Australia first introduced its federally funded Paid Parental Leave scheme offering a payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your baby. So what has changed in a decade and how do we compare to international standards?

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Why parents need to practice self care

According to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, parental burnout can have a huge impact on the lives of both parent and child. However, results suggest there are vital lessons about parental wellbeing and the value of seeking support.

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Families struggle with work life balance

Tensions are high for parents juggling work and care. The National Working Families Report shows almost two thirds of working parents surveyed were struggling to care for their physical and mental health due to tension between work and parenthood.

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Understanding Australian life patterns

New data confirms that the challenges for parents are real - particularly mothers. Many working parents are struggling with the daily juggle of maintaining work and home and it is taking a toll on their physical and mental health and relationships.

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When part-time work has full-time hours

Many mothers opting for part-time roles to accommodate the responsibility of looking after their children, are ending up working well beyond their paid hours in order to meet expectations. So when it comes to the unpaid hours, who is the driving force?

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Managing family and work life balance

Children are now much more likely to grow up in working households, however stressed parents report feeling pulled in two directions as either devoted employees or perfect parents. Many are struggling in a world they feel requires them to be both.

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Helping struggling families in need

At times we have all known families who are struggling and perhaps wondered how to approach them with offers of help, while many other families suffer silently refusing to admit to anyone they're in need. So how can we help our vulnerable families?

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