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Youth is a crucial period for establishing positive health and social behaviours. It is a time when young people are undergoing rapid emotional, physical and intellectual changes, and when they begin the transition from childhood to adolescence to independent adulthood.

Timely, accurate and comprehensive information on the health and wellbeing of young people is therefore essential for monitoring the progress of Australia’s youth.

The health and wellbeing of Australia’s young people is also central to the health, social inclusion and productivity agendas of the Australian Government.

report cover - Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2007Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011 is the fourth national report on the health and wellbeing of Australia’s young people aged 12–24 years. It presents a comprehensive picture of the health status of young Australians and the factors influencing their health, according to a set of 71 national indicators.

The report draws on a wide range of data sources and covers a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Health status and wellbeing
  • Factors influencing health
  • Family and community factors
  • Socioeconomic factors
  • Health system performance
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Data gaps and developments.

The Report profile: young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011 (400KB PDF) , gives an overview of the key findings for each indicator.

Other youth health publications

Health and wellbeing of young Australians: indicator framework and key national indicators (30 Mar 2010)

Health and wellbeing of young Australians: technical paper on operational definitions and data issues for key national indicators (30 Mar 2010)

Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2007 (30 May 2007)

Related information

The AIHW also produces reports on the health and wellbeing of Australia's children.