Survey asks grandparents about COVID-19 impacts

Australian Institute of Family Studies survey on impacts of COVID-19 on families

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SUPPORTING ROLE: An Australian Institute of Family Studies survey is asking about the impacts of COVID-19 on the role of grandparents in the family unit.

SUPPORTING ROLE: An Australian Institute of Family Studies survey is asking about the impacts of COVID-19 on the role of grandparents in the family unit.

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A survey is exploring the impacts on COVID-19 on grandparents and the family unit.

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THE Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) would like to hear from grandparents about their families experiences with COVID-19.

The AIFS is conducting a study into how Australians of ages are coping with family life during COVID-19.

The Families in Australia: Life during COVID-19 survey aims to paint a picture of how the pandemic is affecting Australians and their relationships.

AIFS Director Anne Hollonds said the national survey aimed to reveal how the pandemic had affected Australian families and to help map out a way forward.

"This is the first time we've gone straight to everyday families on this scale," she said.

"We want to find out how the patterns of life have changed for families and give them a voice in the recovery."

Grandparents play an essential role in Australian families, according to an AIFS report.

The report revealed around 50 per cent of children under five were in grandparent care one day a week and around 25 per cent were cared for two days a week.

The survey is asking how grandparents are coping with being separated from their families due to the pandemic and how families are coping without their support.

It also asks how relationships have changed, how people are spending their time and which work and education arrangements are in place.

The survey is open to every Australian over 18 years of age, in all types of families.

For more information, or to take the survey click here.

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