With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, it is a timely reminder of the value and importance of fathers and partners.
Australian society, and our health system, has not kept pace with the changing needs, expectations, roles and diversity of modern-day families.
Non-birthing parents, most commonly men, are not systematically engaged or supported from pre-conception to parenthood. They are often treated as secondary to fertility, birthing and parenting processes – welcome, but not active-partners.
To look closely at this problem, Ngala was invited to be part of the Plus Paternal Round Table where, together with senior health professionals and policy makers from across Australia, we considered the evidence gathered and identified the best opportunities for change.
Attached below is the Case for Change, which outlines how social and gendered norms affect fathers and why the health system needs to change.
Ngala is proud to have been involved in this research and endorses this Case for Change.