Our research programs
Our Centre conducts outstanding interdisciplinary applied research to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and families.
We have a broad public and population health focus and our work is underpinned by a commitment to equity, diversity, social justice and the importance of supporting Australia’s most vulnerable families. We are an important voice in promoting evidence-based policy decision-making, and in public discourse on contemporary issues such as pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding, parenting, work-life balance, family violence, sexual and reproductive health, families and childhood.
researching all aspects of breastfeeding from clinically focused studies to interventions aiming to increase the maintenance of breastfeeding
- Child, family and community health
making a positive impact on the quality of child and family services and the client experience
- Mother and infant health and maternity services
achieving the best possible outcomes for women and their infants
- Reproductive health and planned parenthood
effectively controlling fertility and maximising the opportunities for a planned and wanted pregnancy and birth
- Preventing and reducing violence against women and children
tailoring responses to the differing effects of family violence in primary health care and community settings
- Transition to contemporary parenthood – preparation and support
identifying the best ways to support mothers and fathers in their roles as parents
- Work and family
understanding the role of parents' jobs and employment conditions on parenting, parent-child relationships and family health and wellbeing