This is the third in a series of bulletins to communicate findings on particular issues and experiences facing families. Previous bulletins have highlighted how experiences of disadvantage can manifest in long-term chronic health conditions, poor mental health and social isolation, food insecurity and material deprivation. This bulletin is focused on the support systems families navigate, including formal (service) supports and informal supports such as friends and community. The bulletin addresses the following questions:
- What types of supports are accessed by families experiencing entrenched disadvantage?
- What are the challenges and barriers families face in accessing support?
- What are the enablers for people accessing support?
- What can we learn from families about their experiences navigating support systems?
This bulletin draws primarily on findings from the baseline survey, along with initial insights from a review of 36 ecomaps completed by some of the families involved in fortnightly interviews. Ecomaps are diagrams of families’ connections and relationships to different people (e.g. partners, friends, family) and organisations and institutions (e.g. services, government agencies, church)