Better Place Australia

Centre for Better Relationships

The Centre for Better Relationships vision is to become a research leader in the family and relationships field. Improving the lives of people and their families through meaningful research and knowledge translation.

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Vision

To become a research leader in the family and relationships field dedicated to improving the lives of people and their families through meaningful research, knowledge translation and dissemination of research to a wide range of audiences.

Mission

We are committed to working in partnership with policy makers and non-government organisations to understand the relationship challenges facing Australian families and to developing evidence-based policy and practice responses. We conduct high quality, needs-driven research to support the work of Better Place Australia, to improve client outcomes and contribute to best practice principles in the sector.

Our Team

Dr Paula Fernandez Arias

Dr Paula Fernandez Arias

Research Manager

Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Linguistics (hons) and a Master’s degree in Arts Gender Studies and Development. Paula completed her PhD thesis, “We only meet in the lift” An examination of Australian Multiculturalism through the Resettlement Experiences of African Refugees, in 2016. Paula has extensive research experience in the areas of families and relationships, mental health, filicide and incarceration.

Qualifications: PhD, 2016 Monash University. Master of Arts (Gender Studies and Development), 2008 - The University of Melbourne. Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Linguistics (hons)), 2005 - Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Publications: ResearchGate profile and publications

Emily Armstrong

Emily Armstrong

Research Assistant

Emily holds Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management. Her previous research experience has been in public health and adolescent transition and evidence-based practice for social work in acute health settings.

Qualifications: Master of Public Policy and Management, 2018 - The University of Melbourne. Bachelor of Social Work, 2015 - Monash University. Bachelor of Health Science, 2015 - Monash University.

Publications: ResearchGate profile and publications