Not to be defeated by social distancing measures that have squashed many events in men’s health this year, the Australian Fatherhood Research Symposium has quickly mobilised to bring its network an online get together over two days.
A ‘trimmed down’ version of the physical event will run from 7-8 May via a series of online meetings.
“Dress code is anything from PJs to formalwear. It is welcomed and expected that these meetings may be disrupted by children and/or fur babies in the background,” say the organisers.
A great deal of the conversation will revolve around the Australian Fatherhood Research Centre model including lessons learned, purpose of the group and the future of the group.
There will also be time allocated towards exploring pre and post COVID-19 fatherhood – how fathers can be supported online and how they will connect.
AFRC seeks to advance the science of fatherhood; inform practice and policy that supports men and their families, and promote healthy inclusion of fathers in family life.
The symposium is an annual opportunity for researchers to build and consolidate collaborations with other researchers and practitioners who work with fathers. The event is co-hosted by the Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle and the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University. A range of disciplines are represented.