Families that work: visiting academics share ideas on creating a healthy balance

Published 29 Feb 2016

The University of Tasmania's Gendered Workloads project hosted two visiting academics last week to discuss the issues of work/life balance and wellbeing and social disadvantage, and explore future collaboration.

Professor Janeen Baxter, director of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course at the University of Queensland, and Associate Professor Lyndall Strazdins of the Australian National University's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, spoke at an event at the University Club on Thursday, February 18, and took part in a round table discussion on Friday, February 19.

Associate Professor Strazdins said it was exciting to see the complementary work being undertaken at the University of Tasmania.

"The way they are approaching these issues from different disciplinary perspectives, including economic, social, health and organisational… it's a unique team, and their interdisciplinary perspective means they are very well placed to understand and help solve the time pressures affecting men, women and their families."

Dr Megan Alessandrini and Associate Professor Angela Martin are co-leaders of the University of Tasmania's Gendered Workloads Flagship Project, funded by the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

Dr Alessandrini said the visit was a consolidating experience for the five local teams in their second and final year of the project, each of which aim to publish their findings at the conclusion of the project.

Associate Professor Martin said it had been motivating for the University of Tasmania groups to receive positive feedback on the work they were doing.

Pictured (L-R): Professor Janeen Baxter, Associate Professor Lyndall Strazdins, Associate Professor Angela Martin and Dr Megan Alessandrini.