Stepping Up on Supporting Care

27 May 2023

Join Parlour, the ACA and the Champions of Change Architecture Group for a lively discussion about creating greater equity for everyone with caring responsibilities.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking session with Alex Small of Cox Architecture, Rebecca Buffington of BVN and Jana Perkovic of PITH and Designing for Fertility, in conversation with Angelina Pillai and Justine Clark.


How do we better support carers within the workplace – to the benefit of individuals and the company as a whole? The last decade has seen an increase in the workplace support offered to parents and carers in Australia. However, this tends to focus strongly on leave associated with the birth of a child and is predominantly accessed by women. We know that caring responsibilities extend over much longer time periods and are not restricted to babies and young children – many people care for ageing parents or for family and friends facing all manner of challenges.

The Champions of Change Architecture Group has undertaken a set of interviews to better understand people’s experiences before, during and after taking parental or carers leave. The aim is to identify ways to better support all carers over the longer term, to overcome career stagnation for women with caring responsibilities, and to improve the uptake of flexible work and caring responsibilities by men. This includes understanding the cultural aspects of parental leave, carers leave and flexibility within the workplace and how these integrate with policies and processes.

Jana Perkovic has been documenting her own experiences as a new parent and researching the social design of birth and ecosystems of care in different places – the result is trenchant social critique and an extraordinary account of the intimacy of care. This has led to Designing Fertility, an event exploring pregnancy, fertility and procreation in a changing world.

We look forward to a fascinating and insightful conversation – see you there!


Monday, 5 June 2023

12.30–1.30pm AEST (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS, QLD)
12–1pm ACST (SA, NT)
10.30–11.30am AWST (WA)
2.30–3.30pm NZ


$25 Parlour Collective / ACA members
$40 General
$11 Concession (students and anyone else who needs it)

We operate on an honesty system – select the ticket type that aligns with your circumstances.


One hour of formal CPD on completion of the CPD questions. These will be emailed the week of the event. See here for the series Learning Objectives for the series as a whole.

Once the questions are completed, you will receive an email from Google forms with your responses. Please keep this – it provides the evidence of attendance and completion. Please note, separate CPD certificates will not be issued. If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder and whitelist in your email system.


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