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released: 31 Oct 2012 author: AIHW media release

This report provides the latest information on how Australia is faring according to key indicators of child health, development, and wellbeing. Deaths rates for infants and children have declined since 1986, rates of risky drinking and smoking among children aged 12-14 are down, and most children achieve above the minimum standards for reading and numeracy. But there is still room for improvement. Almost one-quarter of children are developmentally vulnerable at school entry, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children in socioeconomic disadvantaged areas are likely to fare worse across a broad range of indicators.

ISBN 978-1-74249-357-2; Cat. no. PHE 167; 164pp.; $68

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • Part I Background
      • 1 Introduction
      • 2 Australian children and families
    • Part II How healthy are Australia's children?
      • 3 Mortality
      • 4 Chronic conditions
      • 5 Disability
    • Part III How well are we promoting healthy child development?
      • 6 Breastfeeding
      • 7 Dental health
      • 8 Early learning
    • Part IV How well are Australia's children learning and developing?
      • 9 Transition to primary school
      • 10 Attendance at primary school
      • 11 Literacy and numeracy
    • Part V What factors can affect children adversely?
      • 12 Teenage births
      • 13 Smoking in pregnancy
      • 14 Alcohol use in pregnancy
      • 15 Birthweight
      • 16 Overweight and obesity
      • 17 Environmental tobacco smoke in the home
      • 18 Tobacco use
      • 19 Alcohol misuse
    • Part VI What kind of families and communities do Australia's children live in?
      • 20 Family economic situation
      • 21 Children in non-parental care
      • 22 Parental health and disability
      • 23 Neighbourhood safety
      • 24 Social capital
    • Part VII How safe and secure are Australia's children?
      • 25 Injuries
      • 26 Child abuse and neglect
      • 27 Children as victims of violence
      • 28 Homelessness
      • 29 Children and crime
    • Part VIII How well is the system performing in delivering quality health, development and wellbeing actions to Australia's children?
      • 30 Childhood immunisation
      • 31 Survival for leukaemia
      • 32 Child protection re-substantiations
    • Part IX Data gaps
      • 33 Data gaps and developments
  • End matter
  • Appendix A Policy initiatives
  • Appendix B Methods
  • Appendix C Data sources
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. A picture of Australia's children 2012. Cat. no. PHE 167. Canberra: AIHW.