Child health

Child health services


Safe and supported: first action plan 2023-2026

This first action plan of the the national framework for protecting Australia's children represents a commitment from all Australian governments to build stronger futures for children. It was developed in consultation with the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing.

Safe and supported: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander first action plan 2023-2026

The Safe and Supported: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Action Plan 2023-2026 will focus on achieving safety and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. It was developed in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Group.
Journal article

To what extent do Australian child and youth health, and education wellbeing policies, address the social determinants of health and health equity? A policy analysis study

To date, there have been limited systematic analyses of Australian child and youth health policies, and selected education wellbeing policies, with a social determinants of health and health equity focus. This study aims to contribute to addressing this gap.
Journal article

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a primary school setting with and without public health measures using real-world contact data: a modelling study

Other authors
Stella Talic, Danijela Gasevic, Dragan Ilic, Joanne Deppeler, Deborah Corrigan, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado
The authors of this paper investigated the potential transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a primary school setting and found that, despite a lower frequency of close contacts, teacher-to-teacher close contacts demonstrated a higher risk of transmission per contact of SARS-CoV-2 compared to student-to-student close contacts.

How children who exit out-of-home care to Guardianship Orders are faring: cognitive abilities

This is the third report in the series of analyses using data from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) to examine the outcomes of children and young people who exited Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
Journal article

The significance of the father-daughter relationship to understanding and treating bulimia nervosa: a hermeneutic phenomenological study

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a highly researched eating disorder, yet real world recovery rates remain poor and incidence continues to rise. This study provides a focused exploration of the father-daughter relationship where BN emerges, in order to explore this relationship’s significance to the aetiology of...
Journal article

Mental health challenges and the associated factors in women living with HIV who have children living with HIV in Indonesia: a qualitative study

Women living with HIV (WLHIV) are vulnerable to various mental health challenges. However, there is a paucity of studies globally and in the Indonesian context that have specifically explored mental health challenges among mothers living with HIV who also have children living with HIV (CLHIV)...

Journal article

Access to and quality of neighbourhood public open space and children’s mental health outcomes: evidence from population linked data across eight Australian capital cities

This study examines access to and quality of public open space and young children’s mental health across eight Australian capital cities using a unique population linked dataset, the Australian Early Development Census—Built Environment.
Journal article

‘Get your own house in order’: qualitative dialogue groups with non-vaccinating parents on how measles outbreaks in their community should be managed

Communities with high levels of vaccine rejection present unique challenges to vaccine-preventable disease outbreak management. This paper sought perspectives of non-vaccinating parents to inform public health responses in such communities.
Conference paper

Weight centrism in research on children’s active transport – time for a paradigm shift

This paper explains the concept of weight-centrism, including the science that questions the link between weight and disease. Using a review of 112 studies on children’s active school transport, it explores and problematises expressions of weight-centrism in urbanism research.

National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2020–21

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 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Increasing COVID-19 vaccine uptake in children aged 5–11 years: behavioural insights from the field

This report summarises the reflections from an online forum convened by COSSI and NCIRS, and supported by the Australian Department of Health, on 3 March 2022.
Research Summary

Children with special health care needs and involvement with child protection services

This FACSIAR Summary highlights that children with special needs are more likely to be in contact with child protection services at a young age.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): an update on policy and practice in Australia

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe the wide variety of lifelong developmental effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. This paper outlines developments for the prevention of FASD and the diagnosis and support of children and young people living with FASD...

Children, young people, and health in Brimbank

This report summarises the change over time, from 2006, of a subset of key health and education indicators included in the Brimbank Atlases of Health Education (Editions 1 and 2). It examines change for Brimbank as a whole, within Brimbank where data are available, and...
Journal article

Risk factors for Australian school-age children in socio-economically disadvantaged populations not passing ear and hearing screening

This retrospective study describes the outcomes of an ear and hearing screening program for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds in New South Wales, between 2013 and 2016.

COVID-19 and early childhood education and care

This research report examines the health risks posed to young children from COVID-19, the risk of children transmitting the virus, and the strategies that early learning centres need to implement to reduce the risk of transmission.

Fix my food: children’s views on transforming food systems

This report details the results of workshops run by UNICEF and the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University, where over 700 children and adolescents aged 10-19 from significantly diverse backgrounds participated in two-and-a-half-hour workshops to share their lived experiences, insights and perspectives...

Determinants of COVID-19 vaccination and views of parents about vaccination of children in Australia: August 2021

This paper provides the first detailed, publicly available analysis of the socio-economic and attitudinal determinants of COVID-19 vaccination amongst both Australian adults and Australian parents’ views about vaccinating their children in the future.
Briefing paper

Child health

This paper shows the latest data for children's health in Gippsland.

Housing, health, and the well-being of children

This report uses Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) data from 2010/11 to investigate the relationship between indoor damp, mould, cold, and household crowding and the health outcomes of young children exposed to those conditions in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Racism, racial discrimination and child and youth health: a rapid evidence synthesis

This report, commissioned by VicHealth, presents a rapid evidence synthesis on racism and child and youth health to inform policy, practice and research.

National Partnership on Essential Vaccines: performance report 2019-20

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 2019 to 31 March 2020.

Understanding service use at a local level

This project investigates how the local experience of service may differ from nationally reported figures. It focused on the B4 School Check – a free health and development check available to four-year olds – using a geographic lens and describing the children and their families...
Journal article

Impact of funding on influenza vaccine uptake in Australian children

The seasonal influenza vaccine is an important protective measure for those at risk of serious outcomes, including young children. Flutracking data demonstrates that government-funded vaccines can lead to an almost five-fold increase in self-reported vaccine uptake of the targeted age group, as well as previously...