David Baker

Position paper

Supporting young parents: addressing perinatal and youth mental health needs

Parenthood can be both a rewarding and challenging experience for new and expecting parents. During this time of transition, experiences of mental ill-health are common. This paper argues that stronger collaborative care and referral pathways are needed across perinatal and youth mental health systems to...
Policy report

Side by side: supporting youth peer work in mental health services

This policy paper outlines the barriers youth peer workers face and makes ten recommendations for ensuring that the workforce grows and is well-supported.

The great Australian lockout: inequality in the housing market

Overview: A new research paper from The Australia Institute reveals that home ownership rates in Australia are falling across all age groups, most significantly for people in their 50’s. Middle income earners are experiencing the sharpest decline in ownership rates. Housing affordability issues have changed...

Unlocking care: continuing mental health care for prisoners and their families

Summary People in prison have a higher incidence of mental illness than the general population. The prevalence of mental health issues is higher again for women prisoners. Although evidence suggests that some improvement can be achieved during imprisonment, new research reported in this paper finds...

Walking the tightrope: Have Australians achieved work/life balance?

Work/life balance continues to be an issue for many people with only three-out-of-ten people (3.4 million) reporting an improvement in the past five years, according to this report. Introduction Former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard described work/life balance as a "BBQ-stopper" in 2001. Since...