The Fathering Project is a core partner of The University of Western Australia who have provided significant support since our inception including administrative, financial, research and support services through the Office of Development and Faculty of Medicine.

The Fathering Project’s home is at the UWA Claremont Campus and we aim to:

  • Help fathers realise how important they are in a child’s life and to give them advice on how to encourage their children.
  • Encourage fathers to become proactive and get involved early with their children.
  • Help fathers and father figures get connected in positive ways.
  • Reach fathers in their situation: schools, workplaces, community groups.
  • Utilise research-based evidence to encourage positive changes in fathers.
  • Highlight the strong causal link between good fathering and the reduced incidence of harmful behaviours such as suicide, self-harm and substance abuse.

Being a better dad

Credit: Chris Dobson and family

Credit: Chris Dobson and family

The impact of a good dad will benefit the wellbeing of his kids today and tomorrow. At The Fathering Project, we work together with fathers and father figures to becoming better dads.

More and more research is being conducted on the benefits of an effective father or father figure in a household. Results have shown that an absent father or father figure in a household leads to an increase in child self-harm, substance abuse and suicide amongst school aged children.

So it’s important to aim to be a better dad for the sake of your children.

It’s all about the kids

Credit: Sean Johns

Credit: Sean Johns

Our purpose is to inspire, encourage and support fathers and father figures in our community to be more present and pro-active at every stage of their kids’ life. A positive relationship with their kids means they are:

  • Less likely to use illicit substances
  • Have improved mental health and a stronger sense of worth resulting in less self-harm and suicide
  • Better in health and general wellbeing
  • Further developed cognitive ability
  • Performing better in schools

After all, our work is benefiting kids around Australia.

The Fathering Project Preventing Kids Harm (PKH)

In May 2015, The Fathering Project founded The Fathering Project PKH to further tackle the problems of child self-abuse, suicide and substance abuse. Through this initiative, we will work closely with schools across Australia; conduct much needed academically-sound research; and align with similar organisations to produce educational and prevention materials to create awareness on child self-harm, suicide and substance abuse.

Our Vision

For every child in Australia to have an effective father figure

Our Values

  • We CARE about people
  • We act with INTEGRITY in what we do
  • We act as an INSPIRATION to fathers to be better

Why not be part of The Fathering Project?

We cannot achieve our vision without the support of the community. Any help we get is very much appreciated. You can help by:

  • Telling your friends, family and workplace about us;
  • Keeping up to date with us by following us on our social media channels;
  • Joining our mailing list;
  • Donating to us
  • Becoming a volunteer; and
  • Partnering with us or becoming our event sponsor.