Child poverty and wellbeing in Australia Event as iCalendar

(School of Social Sciences)

20 May 2016

3 - 4pm

Venue: Room 104, Fale Pasifika Complex (273-104)

Contact info: Dr Barry Milne

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Website: COMPASS

Dr Melissa Wong, University of New South Wales

Until recently little was known about how young people in general, and those who are disadvantaged in particular, conceptualise and perceive their own wellbeing and how this relates to other aspects of their lives.  The Australian Child Wellbeing Project, conducted by researchers in Flinders University and the University of New South Wales between 2012 and 2015, is a child-centred study in which young people’s views have been used to investigate the wellbeing of Australian children in their middle years.  This seminar draws on data collected from the Australian Child Wellbeing Project and presents evidence relating to the deprivation status of young people in Australia and how this correlates with wellbeing measures in the areas of health, family and school satisfaction.

Melissa Wong is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.  Her main interests are in the measurements of poverty and income inequality as well as multi-dimensional measures of wellbeing.  She has undertaken a wide range of projects funded by the Australian Research Council and commissioned from government and non-government organisations.


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