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The Family Foundations Evaluation Study

Research project

Becoming a parent is a special time, but it can also be challenging at times. There are lots of things to adjust to, including changes in roles and relationships, managing time for work and family, increased money pressures and having less time for yourself. This can be stressful and can have an effect on family relationships.

Family Foundations was developed to support parents with the stress and challenges during pregnancy and after having a baby. Family Foundations is a 10-session program, which covers topics such as: managing stress; supporting each other as parents; ways to manage conflict and other problems that may come up; and ways to strengthen family relationships including parent-child relationships.

Our researchers are partnering with Merri Health to evaluate the Family Foundations program. This will help us understand what it is like to participate in Family Foundations and how it helps families in areas of health, wellbeing, family relationships, and parenting.

What does this research involve?

Watch the video below to find out more about this study

You can also find more detailed information about this study by clicking this link.

Who can take part?

You may be eligible to take part in this study if you:

  • Are expecting a baby and/or have an infant aged 0-12 months and have been enrolled in the Family Foundations program by Merri Health.

Note: You do not have to participate in this project to receive Family Foundations through Merri Health.

How can I find out more?

If you would like to discuss this study, please contact our Study Coordinator on 0431 101 643 or email

How can I get involved?

If you have been enrolled in the Family Foundations program through Merri Health and are interested in being involved in this evaluation study, please register your interest by clicking on the link below. We will be in touch with you soon.