Australian Supported Parenting Consortium

Healthy Start is an initiative of the Australian Supported Parenting Consortium (ASPC). The ASPC is a collaboration between the following two organisations:

  • Parenting Research Centre
  • Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney).

Parenting Research Centre

The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) is an independent research and development organisation focused on conducting research into parenting, developing parenting support capacity in the community, and developing and disseminating parenting programs and resources. 

PRC programs, projects and information products cover a wide range of needs but share one goal: providing real outcomes for children by supporting parents, carers and professionals. We do this by creating scientific knowledge of effective parenting, creating research-based resources for parents and offering solutions to contemporary parenting challenges. We also build on community capacity to support parenting.

For more details about our other programs and projects visit the PRC website.

Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration

The aim of the Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration (AFDSRC) is to actively promote the full participation of families where a parent or child has a disability in community life. It does this in the following ways:

  • Engages in the task of understanding the shared experience of family and disability.
  • Reveals processes and practices that restrict parent and child participation in developing their support needs.
  • Promotes practices that engage parents and children in understanding and planning for their support needs.
  • Identifies the support and service needs of families with special needs.

For more details visit the AFDSRC website.


The Parenting Research Centre acknowledges and respects the diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of this country and the Elders of the past, present and future.