Indigenous Children and Young People

Indigenous Children and Young People

The report, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent and youth health and well-being: in brief has been launched by the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care at the NACCHO Members Conference & Annual General meeting.

This report has some really good news for young indigenous Australians with some key indicators trending upwards. The report shows the majority (63%) of young Indigenous people aged 10–24 rated their health as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. For young Indigenous Australians aged 20–24, there was an increase in year 12 or equivalent attainment from 47% in 2006 to 65% in 2016.

Sadly experiences of unfair treatment or racism, mental health, injuries and experiences of violence remain areas of concern. Tobacco smoking, alcohol and substance use are also significantly higher for indigenous young people. For further information, please download the report from this link.