This discussion was recorded with the support of UniSA Business on Wednesday 3 November 2021 on Kaurna Country.

UniSA Emeritus Professor Barbara Pocock and former UniSA researcher Pip Williams in conversation with The Parenthood Executive Director Georgie Dent.

In this discussion they cover some of the huge challenges parents in Australia face today and discuss what needs to change to ensure parents can successfully manage a life that includes family, work, life and leisure. They outline a way forward based on extensive research and overseas policy examples. They call us to action – highlighting that change requires a groundswell of public support to push things forward.

Barbara Pocock

Barbara is an economist and Emeritus Professor at UniSA. She grew up on a mallee farm near Lameroo in South Australia and has worked in universities, shearing sheds, the Reserve Bank, on farms, in unions, for the government and as a mother and carer.

Barbara led UniSA’s Centre for Work + Life from 2006-2014, alongside a team of researchers studying how work affects women, men, children and the households and communities in which we live. Their work informed Time Bomb: Work Rest and Play in Australia Today.

Barbara is the SA Greens’ lead Senate candidate at the next Federal Election.

Pip Williams

Pip was born in London, grew up in Sydney and now calls the Adelaide Hills home. She is a social scientist and co-author of the book Time Bomb. In 2017 she wrote One Italian Summer, a memoir of her family’s travels in search of the good life. Pip has also published travel articles, book reviews, flash fiction and poetry. In her bestselling book, The Dictionary of Lost Words, she combines her talent for historical research with beautiful storytelling.

Georgie Dent

Georgie Dent is a journalist, editor, keynote speaker, advocate and author.  The former lawyer is the author of Breaking Badly, her best-selling memoir recounting the nervous breakdown she experienced at age 25.

The Executive Director of The Parenthood, a not-for-profit advocacy organisation representing 72,000 parents and carers, and contributing editor of Women’s Agenda, she is a leading voice in Australia for families, women and children.


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