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.

The report;

  • 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.
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