Interpersonal relations


16 Feb 2017

An independent Impact Evaluation of the Growing and Developing Healthy Relationships (GDHR) website ( ) was undertaken by John Scougall Consulting Services in 2016 with the support of an expert cross-agency reference group.

The impact evaluation had two objectives: to assess how well...

Audio interview

30 Jul 2015

Even after a lifetime of experience, there are still questions that need to be asked about the sexual health and practices of older people.

Dr Bianca Fileborn is asking those questions.

She is an instigator of a first-of-its-kind study called Sex, Age and...


8 Jul 2015

This paper reviews the research on relationship education and relationship counselling. The paper investigates the effectiveness of these strategies in working with couples who are at varying stages of their relationship - from highly satisfied at the beginning of their relationship, to highly distressed and...


10 Mar 2015

Growing and Developing Health Relationships (GDHR) is a long-standing project funded by the Western Australian Department of Health designed to support and assist Western Australian (WA) teachers, school nurses and schools to provide comprehensive relationships and sexual health education.

The GDHR Curriculum Support Materials...


27 Aug 2014

Summary: Reforms introduced in 2009 to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) have meant that most samesex and opposite-sex de facto couples (in all states and territories except Western Australia) who end their relationships can now have their property and financial matters dealt with...


4 Jun 2014

This paper reviews recent research findings into couples in long-term relationships (married and de facto) that provide insight into the couple relationship over time. This paper addresses aspects of couple relationships such as commitment, personality traits, transitioning to parenthood, health, and relationship satisfaction. The aim...


18 Oct 2013

This report presents the findings of a survey intended to develop an evidence base about the extent and nature of Medicare Locals' engagement and collaboration with the community sector.


20 Sep 2013

This is the second in a series of three papers commissioned for a project that ASPI has been jointly running with Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The project explores the rationale for and possible mechanisms of closer Australia–Canada defence and security cooperation in...


11 Oct 2012

As India shifts its strategic orientation from being primarily a continental power to a maritime one, in a move that will help to establish its credentials as a great power in the Indo-Pacific region, New Zealand is keen to deepen relations with a fellow democracy....

Journal article

19 Sep 2012

Abstract: Using two different measures of park area, at three buffer distances, we sought to investigate the ways in which park area and proximity to parks, are related to the frequency of walking (for all purposes) in Australian adults. Little previous research has been conducted...


10 May 2012

The internet facilitates instant and inexpensive communication across large distances. Perhaps the most striking feature of online 'crowdfunding' is the broad geographic dispersion of investors in small, early-stage projects. This contrasts with existing theories that predict entrepreneurs and investors will be co-located due to distance-sensitive...


8 May 2012

An important public policy question is whether improved targeting of public spending will necessarily result in more or more cost-effective poverty reduction.

In an important and influential study, Ravallion (2009) shows that targeting measures perform poorly as indicators of the poverty impact and cost...

Journal article

12 Apr 2012

This research explores the initiation and progression of new late-life romantic relationships among older Australians (60 years plus). Our research found that older adult romantic relationships were meaningful, important and sexually intimate. However, few led to cohabitation or marriage, with these older adults preferring to...

Discussion paper

30 Jan 2012

This paper examines whether improved targeting of public spending will necessarily result in more or more cost‐effective poverty reduction.

In an important and influential study, Ravallion shows that targeting measures perform poorly as indicators of the poverty impact and cost-effectiveness of an urban cash...

Journal article

25 Nov 2011

A mutually beneficial relationship has developed over the past 15 years between a regional South Australian branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) and the local university campus. Arising from the initiative of a community member, the group sought assistance from...

Journal article

24 Oct 2011

Psychological distress is an important component of the overall health and wellbeing of individuals. It also represents a risk factor for illnesses such as depression. In mothers, psychological distress has been linked with poorer outcomes, both for the mother and her child. This...


22 Aug 2011

This resource sheet provides information about how transport and disadvantage intersect and why some groups are especially vulnerable to transport disadvantage.

Transport difficulties are consistently identified as a factor that restricts Australian families' capacity to access services and participate in activies (Carbone, Fraser, Ramburuth,...


22 Jul 2011

Aim: To estimate the impact of a 10 per cent increase in arrests on (a) the number of male and female offenders sentenced to full-time prison terms (FTP) and (b) the number of offenders given community-based supervised orders (SO).

Method: Three pairs of time...


10 Jun 2011

In this keynote address to AIATSIS Native Title Conference, Social Justice Commissioner asks how the annually tabled Native Title and Social Justice reports can be used to achieve the aims of reconciliation.

I will start by giving you some background to my role as...

Working paper

30 Mar 2011

To achieve 'green growth' a dramatic shift in the governance of business is required and understanding the complex risk equation that lies at the heart of green growth is essential to bringing about such change.

To achieve ‘green growth’ a dramatic shift in the...



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