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A good place to raise a family? Comparing parents, service-providers', and media perspectives of the inner and outer suburban areas of Melbourne

Andrews, Fiona J, Barter-Godfrey, Sarah, Rich, Stephanie, Klein, Ruth and Shelley, Julia 2013, A good place to raise a family? Comparing parents, service-providers', and media perspectives of the inner and outer suburban areas of Melbourne, in SOAC Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations, State of Australian Cities Research Network, Sydney, NSW, pp. 1-10.

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Title A good place to raise a family? Comparing parents, service-providers', and media perspectives of the inner and outer suburban areas of Melbourne
Author(s) Andrews, Fiona J
Barter-Godfrey, Sarah
Rich, Stephanie
Klein, Ruth
Shelley, Julia
Conference name State of Australian Cities Conference (2013 : Sydney, NSW)
Conference location Sydney, NSW
Conference dates 26-29 Nov. 2013
Title of proceedings SOAC Conference Proceedings and Powerpoint Presentations
Editor(s) Ruming, Kristian
Randolph, Bill
Gurran, Nicole
Publication date 2013
Conference series State of Australian Cities Conference
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher State of Australian Cities Research Network
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Summary In Australia, the suburbs have historically been the favoured place to raise children. However this is being challenged both by social change and government policy encouraging innerurban renewal. We examined how inner-urban areas compare with more traditional suburban locations as places to raise a family. Recognising that there are many influences on perceptions of place, we included the opinions of parents, service-providers and the media in the two locations.

Research focused on two municipalities in Melbourne, one located >25km and the other <10km from the CBD. Themes were obtained and compared from in-depth interviews with parents, serviceproviders and analysis of municipality-specific and state-wide newspaper articles.

Service provision was the only theme common at all levels of analysis. For all other themes, differences occurred between perspectives of service-providers, media and parents, as well as between the two residential locations. These in-depth snapshots on the challenges and rewards of raising children in different urban locations can help inform government in planning healthy neighbourhoods that better serve the needs of contemporary Australian families.
ISBN 1740440331
Language eng
Field of Research 160301 Family and Household Studies
111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920413 Social Structure and Health
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2013, State of Australian Cities Research Network
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061426

Document type: Conference Paper
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