Growing Up in Australia and Footprints in Time: The LSAC and LSIC Research Conference
Findings from The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)

15-16 November 2011, Melbourne

Presentation slides from the conference program may be available upon request.

If you are interested in viewing the slides of a particular presentation please contact the LSAC-LSIC Conference team. Please note the availability of presentation slides are subject to the presenter's consent.

Introduction

One of the great challenges for Australia is to identify and understand the myriad of factors that influence children's development and to put into place measures that can improve outcomes for future generations.

On the 15th and 16th of November 2011 researchers and policy makers will have the opportunity to discuss research using data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC).

Since 2004, LSAC has examined the impact of Australia's unique social and cultural environment on the next generation. The study is designed to identify policy opportunities for improving support for children and their families. In 2003-2004, the first cohort of 5000 children was aged 0-1 years and the second cohort of 5000 children was aged 4-5 years. Information, collected from the study child, parents (both resident and non-resident), carers and teachers, includes details of the children's physical health and social, cognitive and emotional development, as well as their experiences in key environments such as the family, community, child care, pre-school and school settings.

Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children includes valuable data from more than 1700 families from across urban, regional and remote Australia.  Indigenous interviewers are conducting annual waves of data collection providing exciting opportunities for current, policy relevant research that can contribute to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.  Footprints in Time now has two waves of data available to researchers collected from the primary carer and study child, and a second carer, usually Dads. The 86% retention rate between waves 1 and 2 and waves 2 and 3, has encouraged researchers to draw new relationships between Indigenous health, education, families and communities. This is the first time a conference will focus on findings from Footprints in Time and papers using the quantitative data, qualitative analysis or commenting on methodology are welcome.

For further information on these important longitudinal studies visit the FLoSse Research website.

 

Growing Up in Australia Closing the Gap. Footprints in Time: 
  The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) was initiated and funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). The study is being undertaken in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. For further information on LSAC explore the Growing Up in Australia website or the FLoSse Research website.

Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) is initiated, funded and managed by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). For further information on LSIC explore the Footprints in Time website or the FLoSse Research website.

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