Getting support as a CALD Father

A Dad Carrying His Loving Daughter

Australia is home to many. In fact, nearly 30% of Australian residents come from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, including those who have migrated to Australia. Fathers share similar experiences caring for their children, regardless of their origin. However, CALD fathers encounter additional difficulties as they navigate life in Australia.

This might include language barriers, a smaller social network, financial problems, cultural issues, and maternity and health care system challenges. Our research at The Fathering Project has shown that many fathers find content delivered in a video format an accessible and helpful resource.

Support for fathers can look very different. Support can be speaking with health professionals or other fathers about their experiences and feelings or reaching out to seek support for their partner, child, or themselves. Fathers prefer to access simple resources that resonate with their own experiences. Yet such resources are not readily available. Online videos support the unique demands of CALD fathers in accessing support and are vital for providing information for these populations.

Researchers from The Fathering Project, University of Queensland and Western Sydney University are conducting an evaluation of a set of online videos aimed at CALD fathers living in Australia.

The videos were produced by Dr. Rakime Elmir and Professor Virginia Schmeid at Western Sydney University, in partnership with Mr. Steven Kennedy of the PREPARE Foundation.

The video series highlight the importance of bridging the gap in the availability of resources for CALD fathers and parents, helping them to be actively engaged and become an essential part of their children’s lives.
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Fatherhood can take on different meanings based on individual and cultural differences. Some CALD fathers share their unique perspectives on what fatherhood means to them.

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Being a father can be an enriching experience – Hear fathers speak about the fun and challenges of fatherhood.

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Support for fathers immediately after birth and the postpartum period can be difficult to find. – Fathers talk about support systems that have helped them navigate these time periods of experiences as a father.

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Childbirth and fatherhood can be different for everyone. Fathers use their personal experiences to provide insight and advice to other fathers.

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The birthing process can be stressful for both parents. Hear advice from a midwife and obstetrician on how you can be actively involved and suggestions that may help during pregnancy and birth.

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