Building a better future for our children




The 2002 ASSA Symposium focuses on the health and well-being of the children of Australia. Recent studies from Canada, the United Kingdom and elsewhere heighten awareness of the importance of the early years of human development and specifically the provision by parents, families and society for the younger generations. How well are we managing this in Australia?

The Symposium will commence with an overview of the history of childhood. It will then move to explore the paradox of why, in the context of more informed social environments and improving economic conditions, it is now harder for children to imagine a secure future. It will also hope to understand why it is harder for individuals and families to provide parenting that suits the needs of their children, their communities, and themselves.

Afternoon sessions will take up these issues with established academics leading discussion. Young scholars involved in research into the health of youth will provide their perspective and wide discussion will be sought in informal and interactive forums.

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