Monash University is seeking participants for a study that will explore cannabis and alcohol consumption among first-time parents during, and beyond, the Covid-19 pandemic.

Researchers will examine a range of issues, including how cannabis use fits in with everyday family life and the potentially positive effects it has on parents and parenting practices.

Participants must be cannabis consumers who became first-time parents between 2019 and 2021 and who were drinking alcohol at least weekly before the pandemic began.

Monash University is looking for first-time parents for its ‘cannabis, alcohol and everyday family life’ study

Dr Tristan Duncan, a research fellow at Monash University’s Eastern Health Clinical School, said the study – ‘cannabis, alcohol and everyday family life’ – will move beyond the “narrow focus… of risk and harm”. Instead, it wants to hear the “largely overlooked diverse voices and experiences of parents who use cannabis”.

“Our research explores how the transition to parenthood shapes people’s perceptions and practices of cannabis use and how this compares to alcohol,” he said. “We’re also interested in how cannabis fits within everyday family life including, for example, its potential positive effects for parents and parenting practices.” 

Participants must be over 18 and live in Australia. All interviews will be confidential and anonymous.

First-time parents interested in taking part can complete an online survey or contact Dr Duncan at

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