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National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2018–19 

This report provides an assessment of state and territory performance against the performance benchmarks outlined in the National Partnership on Essential Vaccines, for the assessment period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. The report shows that 3 jurisdictions met all 5 benchmarks, with the other jurisdictions each meeting 4 of the 5 benchmarks.

Overweight and obesity among Australian children and adolescents 

Overweight and obesity affects 25% of Australian children and adolescents, and is associated with poorer health and wellbeing and higher health-care costs. Some children and adolescents are more likely to be overweight or obese, such as Indigenous children and children living in disadvantaged areas. Many factors contribute to the development of overweight and obesity, including environmental influences and individual behaviours.

Australia's children 

Childhood is an important time for healthy development, learning, and establishing the foundations for future wellbeing. Most Australian children are healthy, safe and doing well. However, childhood is also a time of vulnerability and a child’s outcomes can vary depending on where they live and their family’s circumstances. This report brings together a range of data on children’s wellbeing and their experiences at home, school and in the community. Highlights are presented in Australia’s children: in brief.

Youth detention population in Australia 2019 

This bulletin presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2015 to June 2019. Among the 949 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2019, most were male (90%), aged 10–17 (83%), unsentenced (63%), and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (53%). Over the 4-year period, the number of young people in detention fluctuated across quarters with no clear trend. 

Australia’s children: in brief 

Childhood is an important time for healthy development, learning, and establishing the foundations for future wellbeing. Most Australian children are healthy, safe and doing well. However, childhood is also a time of vulnerability and a child’s outcomes can vary depending on where they live and their family’s circumstances.  This report brings together a range of data on children’s wellbeing and their experiences at home, school and in the community. It summarises the main findings from Australia’s children.

Adoptions Australia 2018–19 

310 adoptions were finalised in Australia in 2018–19, of which 82% were of Australian children and 18% were intercountry. The majority of adoptions finalised were known child adoptions (211, or 68%) and, of these, 67% (142) were carer (known child) adoptions. Overall, there has been a 64% decline in finalised adoptions in Australia in the 25-year period between 1994–95 to 2018–19. However, since the low for the period of 278 adoptions in 2015–16, there has been a rise of 12%.

A series of fact sheets are available as part of this release.

Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision: 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2018 

This report presents information on young people aged 10–17 who had received child protection services and were under youth justice supervision at any time between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2018. Young people who had been under youth justice supervision were 9 times as likely as the general population to have received child protection services. Indigenous Australians were 17 times as likely as their non-Indigenous counterparts to have received both child protection services and youth justice supervision.

Australia’s welfare 2019: data insights 

Australia’s welfare 2019: data insights presents an overview of the welfare data landscape and explores selected welfare topics—including intergenerational disadvantage, income support, future of work, disability services, elder abuse and child wellbeing—in 8 original articles.

Australia’s welfare 2019 is the 14th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This edition introduces a new format and expanded product suite:

Children living in households with members of the Stolen Generations 

This report presents analyses of selected outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who live in households with members of the Stolen Generations. It shows these children are more likely than comparable other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to experience a range of adverse outcomes. The report provides a new perspective on the intergenerational impact of the initial removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families that led to the Stolen Generations.

The views of children and young people in out-of-home care: overview of indicator results from second national survey, 2018 

This report presents an overview of results from a 2018 national data collection on the views of children in out-of-home care. The majority of children (92%) reported feeling both safe and settled in their current placement; 97% reported that they had an adult who cares about what happens to them now and in the future. 66% of respondents reported that they usually get to have a say in what happens to them, and that people usually listen to what they say. For indicators that had comparable data for the 2015 and 2018 surveys, there was little, if any, difference between the 2 surveys.

Youth detention population in Australia 2018 

This bulletin presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2014 to June 2018. Among the 980 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2018, most were male (90%), aged 10–17 (84%), unsentenced (60%), and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (54%). Over the 4-year period, the number of young people in detention rose, though rates fluctuated across quarters.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth health and wellbeing 2018 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth health and wellbeing 2018 report provides comprehensive data on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people aged 10–24. Information on health and wellbeing outcomes, health determinants, risk factors, and health and welfare service use for Indigenous youth are included. Data are disaggregated by age group, sex, state and territory and remoteness areas, as well as trend information. The report also examines differences between young Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on key health and wellbeing measures. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth health and wellbeing 2018: in brief 

This in-brief report presents key findings from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s report: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth health and wellbeing 2018. It brings together data for Indigenous people aged 10–24 on health and wellbeing outcomes, social and economic determinants of health, health risk factors, and health service use. 

Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision: 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017 

This report presents information on people aged 10–17 who were in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017. Young people under youth justice supervision were 9 times as likely as the general population to be in the child protection system. Indigenous Australians were 17 times as likely as their non-Indigenous counterpart to be both in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision.

Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services: 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016 

This report examines the overlap between alcohol and other drug treatment services and youth justice supervision from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016. Compared with the age-equivalent Australian population, those who had youth justice supervision were 30 times as likely to have an alcohol and other drug treatment service, and those who received an alcohol and other drug treatment service were 30 times as likely to have youth justice supervision.

Child and maternal health in 2013–2015 

This report presents findings on four indicators measuring the health of babies and their mothers: infant and young child deaths, the rate of low birthweight babies, mothers smoking during pregnancy, and antenatal care visits during the first trimester of pregnancy.  

The report shows that despite generally positive results across these indicators nationally, these positive trends are not seen equally across Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas. 

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.