Strengths of Australian Aboriginal Cultural Practices in Family Life

boyChild Community Family Australia has just released its report Strengths of Australian Aboriginal Cultural Practices in Family Life and Child Rearing.  It explores some of the characteristics of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices that contribute to effective family functioning, and how these practices can have positive effects on children and communities. The findings suggest that culture can be a protective force for children, families and communities. Click on the link above to read the report.

AIFS Conference Keynote Presentations

screen568x568The 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference took place this year in Melbourne from the 30 July to the 1 August.  Delegates discussed family-oriented policies and strategies to address poverty; achieve work-family balance and advance social integration and intergenerational solidarity. The AIFS has now made videos of its keynote presentations available online here.

Eat Local Act Global

elfg-email-bannerThe 16th of October is World Food Day.  Despite the world producing enough food to feed everyone, one in eight people currently go hungry every day. So Oxfam are inviting you to take part in their Eat Local Act Global initiative.   Simply by sharing a meal with friends, family or workmates, you will help increase awareness on what each of us can do to ensure everyone gets enough to eat. Click on the link above for more information or to register your event.

A Safe and Supportive Family Environment for Children

op52_safe_families_0The Department of Social Services has just released the report A Safe and Supportive Family Environment for Children: Key Components and Links to Child Outcomes.  Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, this report aims to understand more about the prevalence of different types of family environments in society and to explore the influence of these environments on different child outcomes. Click on the link above to download the report or access an audio transcription.

How Your Postcode Affects Your Children’s Health

homesPoor education, low income and geography means people living in poorer suburbs will die up to three years earlier than people living in more affluent areas, the Social Determinant of Health Alliance says. Around one in three of the 2.2 million Australians who live on incomes under $35,000 a year report poor health compared to just 6.5 per cent of those earning the highest incomes. Read more here.

Children Who Bully at School

childrenwhobullycover-medThere is now strong evidence to indicate that children who bully at school are at significant risk for a range of antisocial, criminal and poor health outcomes later in life.  The AIFS has released a compendium of resources for parents and practitioners, looking at effective ways of working with families to interrupt the continuity from school bullying to later adverse life outcomes. Find out more here.

Family Healthy Eating Plan comes to NSW

CCNSW-Eat-it-to-beat-it-230x931New figures highlighted by Cancer Council NSW reveal that more than 90 per cent of adults in the Mid-Western region are not eating the recommended five serves of vegetables a day, with more than 50 per cent not eating the recommended two serves of fruit a day. To combat these low levels of fruit and vegetable consumption, Cancer Council has launched a family friendly fruit and vegetable program, Eat It to Beat It.