Child health services

Research report

7 Dec 2017

This research has several implications for policy makers, specifically:

• Support community led initiatives. Some towns are bypassing state and Commonwealth processes in order to attract service delivery professionals to their communities. Some places have worked around administration-heavy procedures to...

Policy report

30 Nov 2017

The Centre for Community Child Health Policy Brief series aims to stimulate informed debate about issues that affect children’s health development and wellbeing. Each issue draws on current research and evidence-informed practice.

This edition of outlines a decision-making framework that recognises the importance of...

Journal article

11 Oct 2017

Injury is one of the most common reasons why a child is hospitalised.

Information gained from injury surveillance activities provides an estimate of the injury burden, describes injury event circumstances, can be used to monitor injury trends over time, and is used to design...

Audio interview

Audio program

16 Aug 2016

The Victorian government says it's on track to treat child sufferers of epilepsy with medicinal cannabis by next year. Several other states are conducting similar trials, but only the Victorians are cultivating their own product.

Annual Report


8 May 2016

Key Findings

1. Mothers do best in our cities. The top 10 best places to be a mother across the country are almost exclusively urban areas. Mothers in urban cities have better outcomes across all indicators. Access to maternal child health and...

Journal article

4 May 2016

What are the common barriers, enablers and strategies to improving health outcomes in Indigenous chronic illness care and child health? Stakeholders interpreted aggregated quality improvement data on Indigenous chronic illness care and child health, enabling the research team to identify important ‘drivers’ and strategies for...


2 Mar 2016

Reveals that three in five parents used websites, blogs and online forums to get child health information in the last six months – but a surprising 30 per cent did not trust them at all.


Parents report high levels of use...

Research report

18 Feb 2016

It is the critical development of social and emotional skills during the early years of life that provides the foundation for life-long mental health. With support from families, communities and professionals, children can build strong skills and achieve their full potential.

Globally, the burden...

Research report

1 Feb 2016

Define's and clarifies what trauma-informed service delivery means in the context of delivering child/family welfare services in Australia.

Summary This paper aims to define and clarify what trauma-informed service delivery means in the context of delivering child/family welfare services in Australia. Exposure to...

Research report

12 Dec 2015

Examines children’s use of general practice services and the problems managed in 2000–03 and 2012–15 to determine whether their service use has been influenced by the demands associated with the management of older Australians.

Summary The ageing of Australia’s population has led to...


3 Dec 2015

Audit objectives and criteria

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Health’s and the Department of Human Services’ management and administration of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

To form a conclusion against the audit objective, the ANAO...

Research report

26 Sep 2015

This is the fifth Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH; the Partnership) annual accountability report.

It presents the final update on financial commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-2015) and looks ahead to the implementation of its successor,...

Journal article

29 Aug 2015


The aim of the study is to reduce the high prevalence of tooth decay in children in a remote, rural Indigenous community in Australia, by application of a single annual dental preventive intervention. The study seeks to (1) assess the effectiveness of...

Research report

20 Aug 2015

Australia's welfare 2015 is the 12th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This comprehensive report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians, examining a wide range of relevant topics. This edition combines analytical feature articles on a...

Research report

21 Jul 2015

The report shows that overall, Australian Government funded Indigenous-specific primary health-care services appear to be well positioned relative to the geographic distribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to the distribution of other GP services. However, there are a number of areas where...

Audio interview

3 May 2015

Alcohol damage to unborn children has been described as one of New Zealand's biggest preventable health problems but it appears nobody knows the size of the problem or is actively trying to find out.

Eighteen months ago, the New Zealand government committed itself to...


23 Apr 2015

The $26 million pro-immunisation package announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley this week has provided a rare moment of bipartisan consensus.

Rather than make political hay of the issue, Labor leader Bill Shorten affirmed his support for the Abbott government’s push to boost vaccination...

Research report

22 Apr 2015

This final report presents the findings from each of the phases of the Engaging Stakeholders in Identifying Priority Evidence-Practice Gaps and Strategies for Improvement in Primary Health Care (ESP) Project.

This report is designed for people working in a range of roles including national...

Research report

14 Apr 2015

This report looks at the life transition period between childhood and adolescence, and the critical windows of opportunity to influence healthy behaviour.


With almost one in four Australian children overweight or obese and one in three expected to be by 2025,...

Research report

26 Feb 2015

Overview: Footprints in Time is the name given to the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, an initiative of the Australian Government. It is the most comprehensive source of longitudinal information on early childhood development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It shows how...