A picture of Australia's children 2012Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012Description: xi, 150 p. : illISBN: 9781742493572Subject(s): Children | Child Welfare | Social Indicators | Early Childhood Education | Child Development | Health Aspects | Childrens Rights | Aborigines | Disabled | Well-being | Homeless ChildrenOnline Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
Bibliography : p. 135-146 Appendices : p. 117-134 "The primary contributors to this report were Ingrid Seebus, Deanna Eldridge, Karen Pegrum, Alison Watters and Kate Wright of the Children, Youth and Families Unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ..."--P. v.
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.