The Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium (AFRC) was established in April, 2017 at the Fatherhood Research in Australia Symposium II, held at Deakin University, Melbourne and co-hosted by the Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle.

Four working groups were established with the aim of trialing a national multi-site and multi-institutional collaboration. Our first domain of enquiry is fatherhood and sleep, specifically father sleep and fathers’ role in child sleep.

AFRC members have a wide range of interests beyond the study of sleep and aim to develop further fields of collaboration.

The four working groups, and their assigned contact persons, are as follows:

Literature review group. Contact person is Dr Karen Wynter, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Health Partnership, Deakin University: k.wynter@deakin.edu.au

Data and analysis group. Contact person is Dr Jacqui Macdonald, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University: jacqui.macdonald@deakin.edu.au

Interventions group. Contact person is Dr Eileen Dowse, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle: Eileen.Dowse@newcastle.edu.au

Scientific communications group. Contacts are Sam Teague, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University: sam.teague@deakin.edu.au or Aladdin Jones, Eastern Health: aladdin.jones@gmail.com