In 2017, Royal Far West commissioned the Centre for Community Child Health to undertake a review of the health and development and wellbeing of children in rural and remote Australia.
profiled the population characteristics of children in rural and remote Australia
identified the current context and the developmental health needs, met and unmet, of vulnerable children and families in rural and remote Australia; and
provided an evidence-based overview of what is causing the status quo, and what is most effective in addressing these issues.
The report emphasised the developmental, behavioural and mental health status/needs of children aged 0-12 years of age, and existing gaps in the provision of appropriate services that help address developmental needs and support children, and their families, to reach their potential.
The review presented a range of key findings covering:
the distribution of children by Indigenous status and remoteness, across each jurisdiction
the disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children
the profile of children residing in rural and remote areas in each of the identified jurisdictions
main service gaps for children and families in remote and rural Australia
what the evidence says about ways of improving health and development outcomes for children in rural and remote Australia
strategies shown to be effective in improving access and outcomes for children
knowledge gaps and opportunities to improve services and outcomes.
Centre for Community Child Health and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute 2017