There are a myriad of factors that can impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Access to information on how Tasmania’s children and young people are faring at a population level can assist us to better plan and deliver policy and programmatic responses aimed at promoting their wellbeing. Accurate data contribute to informed decision-making and allow us to consider how different services can work together to improve outcomes for children and young people across a range of areas.
The Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report 2018 contributes to this process by collating a range of publicly available data that provide insights into the health and wellbeing of Tasmania’s children and young people.
This report represents an update of the report released by former Commissioner Morrissey in September 2017, providing updated data where more recently released data are available and including some additional data.
This edition of the Report presents the data sets and allows them to speak for themselves. Readers will quickly come to appreciate that Tasmania continues to perform well in some areas, but not so well in others. This recognition will support the focussing of our collective efforts on particular areas requiring attention and improvement.
The release of the Tasmanian Government’s Tasmanian Child and Youth Wellbeing Framework on 6 June 2018, and the intention for that Framework to promote a contemporary understanding of child and youth wellbeing across Tasmanian Government agencies, the non-government sector and our broader community, is welcomed. Initial progress has commenced with the release of the Department of Education’s 2018-2021 Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy. The Framework also provides the basis for a more detailed approach to measuring, monitoring and promoting children and young people’s wellbeing across all areas of the service system, and I look forward to the release of an outcomes framework later this year.