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Healthy Lives As Fathers

The connections between fathering and health are becoming more evident.Becoming a father provides new motivation for many men to start really thinking about their own health so they can live a full and long life to see their children grow up.

For men who become fathers at an early age, they must navigate the normal stages of becoming a man as well as the added responsbility of parenting.

These resources showcase some of the programs for men as they take on the role of father and parent.

Beyond Blue: Dad's Handbook - A guide to the first 12 months

This guide gives all new parents information on pregnancy and what to expect, bonding with the new baby, looking after yourself and being there for your partner, accepting help and support from extended family, recognising symptoms of depression and anxiety and seeking help when needed.

Newpin: Supporting restoration of children to their birth parents

Newpin is a therapeutic restoration program that supports and empowers families to break the cycle of child neglect and abuse and to provide safe, nurturing environments for children.

MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign

MenCare is a global fatherhood campaign. Their mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being and gender equality.

Queen's University Belfast - "If I Were Jack"

Queen's University Belfast: "If I Were Jack" - Young Men and Unwanted Pregnancy

This resource provides a useful documentary-style guide for young men navigating the experience of an unplanned pregnancy. Taking the viewpoint of 'Jack', it provides insights into how young men can successfully cope with the challenges of an unwanted pregnancy.

Dads To Bee Program

HDHS: Dads To Bee Information Program

Hawkesbury District Health Service runs a unique program for fathers-to-be that places emphasis on the needs of men as they approach fatherhood. It provide a useful model for father-centric practice.

Australian Institute of Family Studies (CFCA)

Australian Institute of Family Studies (CFCA): Same-Sex Parented Families in Australia

Around 11 % of gay men in Australia have children. Research is now challenging the belief that gay and lesbian parented families are harmful to children. In fact, research shows that children in gay or lesbian families do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as children from heterosexual families.


FaHCSIA: New Father Figures And Fathers Who Live Elsewhere

This report investigates outcomes for children who experience a 'new father figure' moving into their home, as well as the effects of having a biological father who does not live with them.

24-Hour Cotside Assistance Manual

CatholicCare Sandhurst: 24-Hour Cotside Assistance - The Baby Manual For Dads

How do you get dads to overcome the shock of coping with a newborn baby? Give them a model based on what they understand - new car instructions. This useful resource developed by Centacare offers dads an 'instruction manual' for those crucial early days.

Fathers Sharing Early Parental Support On An Internet Forum

Fathers Sharing Early Parental Support On An Internet Forum

This research looks at Swedish fathers' interactions with health services and the ways in which fathers access support through these services and through web-based platforms.

How Fathers and Father Figures Can Shape Child Health and Wellbeing

Evidence from a systematic review of 18 studies, indicates that father engagement positively affects social, behavioural, psychological and cognitive outcomes of children. Current literature indicates that fathers play a particularly critical role in fostering social skills and capacity for positive relationships in their children.

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