'Struggle of the juggle' | Survey to develop innovative ideas for parents

Karitane's TeleHealth virtual home visits have helped families across NSW.
Karitane's TeleHealth virtual home visits have helped families across NSW.

Karitane chief executive officer Grainne O'Loughlin said the 2019 National Working Families Survey has been designed so parents can have their say to help design "innovative solutions" to support them in the workplace.

Karitane - the Carramar-based service who provide support and education on the unique challenges of parenting - are calling on families to take part in the survey so they can gather new evidence about how families balance work and care.

The survey covers a range of issues directly relevant to working families including parental leave support, flexible work needs, child care and overall challenges experienced when managing a job and caring demands.

Parents at Work and Karitane have teamed up with corporate partners and researchers to gather the evidence from the survey with the outcomes to help inform policies and programs needed to create more inclusive, family friendly workplaces.

Ms O'Loughlin said the "struggle of the juggle is very real."

"Parenting can be stressful and, with the added pressures of working, it can have a profound impact on the individual as a parent and also as an employee,"she said.

"The more we know, the better work places can adapt to bring some real equality to families.

"This will allow organisations to design jobs and workplaces that value a parent or carer's role equally."

Karitane, which also has services at Camden, Fairfield Heights, Oran Park, Randwick and Bondi Junction, provides support to parents through a range of in-centre care, community programs and digital program delivery.

They support new parents around sleep and settling, establishing routines, feeding and nutrition, toddler behaviour and pre and post natal anxiety and depression.

  • Families of all shapes and sizes are invited to participate, including those with children aged up to 18, working in a range of occupations and industries, as well as any carers who spend time looking after children.
  • To take the survey visit aplen.pages.ontraport.net/nationalworkingfamiliessurvey2019.