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released: 30 Jun 2008 author: AIHW

This technical paper specifies the operational definitions and primary data sources for the key national indicators of children's health, development and wellbeing. It identifies the best currently available data sources for the key national indicators as identified by the AIHW, in conjunction with the National Child Information Advisory Group. It comments on data gaps and limitations, particularly inconsistencies between indicator (ideal) definitions and existing data definitions.

ISBN 978 1 74024 805 1; Cat. no. WP 59; 100pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
  • Section
    1. Introduction
      • Purpose of this document
      • Background
      • Forthcoming AIHW report: A picture of Australia's children 2009
    2. Operational definitions and data issues
      • How healthy are Australia's children?
        • Indicator: Mortality
        • Indicator: Morbidity
        • Indicator: Disability
        • Indicator: Mental health
      • How well are we promoting healthy child development?
        • Indicator: Breastfeeding
        • Indicator: Dental health
        • Indicator: Physical activity
        • Indicator: Early learning
      • How well are Australia's children learning and developing?
        • Indicator: Transition to primary school
        • Indicator: Attending early childhood education programs
        • Indicator: Attendance at primary school
        • Indicator: Literacy and numeracy
        • Indicator: Social and emotional development
      • What factors can affect children adversely?
        • Indicator: Teenage births
        • Indicator: Smoking during pregnancy
        • Indicator: Alcohol use during pregnancy
        • Indicator: Birthweight
        • Indicator: Overweight and obesity
        • Indicator: Environmental tobacco smoke in the home
        • Indicator: Tobacco use
        • Indicator: Alcohol misuse
      • What kind of families and communities do Australia's children live in?
        • Indicator: Family functioning
        • Indicator: Family economic situation
        • Indicator: Children in non-parental care
        • Indicator: Parental health status
        • Indicator: Neighbourhood safety
        • Indicator: Social capital
      • How safe and secure are Australia's children?
        • Indicator: Injuries
        • Indicator: School relationships and bullying
        • Indicator: Child abuse and neglect
        • Indicator: Children as victims of violence
        • Indicator: Homelessness
        • Indicator: Children and crime
      • How well is the system performing in delivering quality health and wellbeing actions to Australia's children?
        • Indicator: Congenital anomalies
        • Indicator: Newborn screening (hearing)
        • Indicator: Childhood immunisation
        • Indicator: Survival for leukaemia
        • Indicator: Quality child care
        • Indicator: Child protection resubstantiations
    3. Data sources
      • AIHW and collaborating units data sources
      • ABS data sources
      • Other data sources
  • End matter
    • Appendix 1: Headline Indicators for Children's Health, Development and Wellbeing
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Technical paper on operational definitions and data issues for key national indicators of children's health, development and wellbeing. AIHW Working paper no. 59. Cat. no. WP 59. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 August 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468103>.