Annual Report 2007‚Äď2008
2007 LSAC Research Conference
The inaugural Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Research Conference was held in Melbourne on 3-4 December 2007. The aim of the conference was to highlight the potential of the data and provide a forum for the discussion of research emanating from the first two waves of data.
The conference featured two keynote addresses: the first from Lyndall Strazdins, titled "Can we make jobs really family friendly?" (co-authored with Megan Shipley); and the second from Stephen Zubrick, titled "Parenting quality and the developmental status of young Australian children: Contexts and pathways" (co-authored with Ann Sanson, Jan Nicholson and Grant Smith).
More than 30 papers, covering a wide range of themes, were presented over the two days of the conference. There were presentations on:
- children's health outcomes, such as obesity, sleep problems;
- children's development and adjustment, such as temperament style, behaviour problems;
- learning and school progress, such as literacy and numeracy skills;
- family dynamics, such as parenting style, marital relationships;
- family separation and child support, such as non-resident parents' contact with children, child support arrangements;
- family income and employment, such as maternity leave, family financial wellbeing;
- child care, such as types, quantity and quality; and
- broader environmental influences, such as neighbourhoods.
The conference concluded with a panel discussion on future directions for the study.
The conference enjoyed extensive media coverage, before, during and following the event and feedback from delegates was universally positive.
A data training workshop was held on the day following the conference. The focus of the training was to assist users of the study data, those considering becoming users, or those who wished to learn more about the data to gain confidence in understanding and navigating the datasets. The training covered a range of topics designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, its datasets and supporting documentation.
The full conference program and many of the papers are available on the 2007 conference webpages.