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released: 10 Jun 2011 author: AIHW media release

This report is the fourth in a series of national statistical reports on young people aged 12-24 years, produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It provides the latest available information on how Australia's young people are faring according to a set of national indicators of health and wellbeing. Death rates have fallen considerably among young people, mainly due to declines in injury deaths. Most young people are achieving national minimum standards for reading, writing and numeracy, are fully engaged in study or work, and have strong support networks. There are some favourable trends in risk and protective factors, such as declines in smoking and illicit substance use. But it is not all good news. There is a high rate of mental disorders among young people, and road transport accidents, although continuing to decline, are still a major cause of death among young males. Too many young people are overweight or obese, are not doing sufficient physical activity or eating enough fruit and vegetables, and are drinking alcohol at risky levels. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are far more likely to be disadvantaged across a broad range of indicators.

ISBN 978-1-74249-171-4; Cat. no. PHE 140; 250pp.; $45

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary pages
    • Title and verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • Part I Background
      • 1 Introduction
      • 2 Young people in Australia: demographic overview
      • 3 Australian families
    • Part II Health status and wellbeing
      • 4 Physical and mental wellbeing
      • 5 Disability and activity limitation
      • 6 Deaths
      • 7 Mental health
      • 8 Injury and poisoning
      • 9 Chronic conditions
      • 10 Communicable diseases
      • 11 Oral health
    • Part III Factors influencing health
      • 12 Overweight and obesity
      • 13 Physical activity
      • 14 Nutrition
      • 15 Sun protection
      • 16 Substance use
      • 17 Sexual and reproductive health
    • Part IV Family and community factors
      • 18 Family functioning
      • 19 Parental health and disability
      • 20 Social capital
      • 21 Community and civic participation
      • 22 School relationships and bullying
      • 23 Child protection
      • 24 Victims of violence
      • 25 Young people and crime
      • 26 Environmental tobacco smoke
      • 27 Homelessness
      • 28 Overcrowded housing
    • Part V Socioeconomic factors
      • 29 Education
      • 30 Employment
      • 31 Income
      • 32 Socioeconomic status of parents
    • Part VI Health system performance
      • 33 Potentially preventable hospitalisations
      • 34 Teenage purchase of cigarettes or alcohol
      • 35 Survival from melanoma of the skin
      • 36 Cervical cancer
      • 37 Appropriate use of antibiotics
      • 38 Delivery by caesarean section
      • 39 General practice consultations
      • 40 Emergency department waiting times
      • 41 Adverse events treated in hospital
    • Part VII Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
      • 42 Health and wellbeing of Indigenousyoung people
    • Part VIII Data gaps and developments
      • 43 Data gaps
      • 44 Emerging issues of concern
      • 45 New data developments relevant to young people
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1 Methods
    • Appendix 2 Data sources
    • Appendix 3 Abbreviations
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011. Cat. no. PHE 140. Canberra: AIHW.