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Newsletters - National Children and Youth Statistics - Issue 8, November 2006
 
 

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Welcome
Latest Findings
Recent Releases
Upcoming Releases
Non-ABS Research
Children and Youth Themepage
Contact Us



WELCOME


UPDATE ON THE INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The information paper Improving Statistics on Children and Youth: an Information Development Plan is to be released on December 8th (the full publication will be available on the Children and Youth Themepage on the ABS website). Major stakeholders in the children and youth field have contributed to the plan to ensure it accurately reflects the policies, programs and statistical activities currently being undertaken in the field. For more information on the Plan please contact Lesley Martin on lesley.martin@abs.gov.au or (08) 9360 5320.


UPDATE ON THE NATIONAL DATA NETWORK: CHILDREN AND YOUTH PORTAL

The National Data Network (NDN) is currently under development and in demonstration phase. The primary aim of the NDN is to provide an internet-based library of data holdings relevant to policy analysis and research, as well as the functionality to link datasets and undertake analysis and reporting on available datasets. In this demonstration phase the NDN contains limited statistical information and services. Work is also underway to establish a Child and Youth portal on the NDN, which is aimed at demonstrating the benefits and functionality of the NDN using a range of datasets relevant to children and youth.

The development of the Child & Youth portal will involve the US Census Bureau product, DataFerrett. DataFerrett can be used to analyse microdata, aggregate, time series and longitudinal data. The power of DataFerrett is its ability to build spreadsheet tables, graphs, including time series graphs, mapped data along with a range of data calculations. Results of analysis are made available through the ‘Hot reports’ function. Please refer to the NDN newsletter no. 11 for more information about DataFerrett.

Agencies can register their interest to participate in this demonstration phase and/or register their data sources for the Child and Youth portal by contacting Patricia O’Reilly via email Patricia.Oreilly@abs.gov.au or by phone on (02) 6252 5032.


2006 CENSUS: THE DATA ENHANCEMENT PROJECT AND UPCOMING PRODUCTS

Data Enhancement Project
The ABS is undertaking a new project called Census Data Enhancement. The central feature of the project is the creation of a Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD). The SLCD will be based on a 5% sample of the population. Records for this sample group will be brought together from each Census by statistical techniques which do not involve the use of name and address. This would provide the means to identify patterns of change in social and economic circumstances, for individuals and households, over time. For further information on the SLCD see the ABS website.

Upcoming Products
A comprehensive range of publications and electronic products are available from the Census, from the popular Social-Economic Index for Areas, which you can use to investigate the socio-economic well-being of Australian communities and identify area of advantage and disadvantage, to CDATA, a powerful desktop software package that allows users to analyse and display comprehensive Census data in detailed maps, graphs and reports. For further information on the 2006 Census Products see the ABS website.
LATEST FINDINGS


ASTHMA AND INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0–14 YEARS

Asthma

Recent data from the ABS' National Health Survey, 2004–05 shows there were 12% (451,500) of children aged 0–14 years with (current and long-term) asthma, a decrease from 13% in 2001. In 2004–05, the prevalence of asthma in children increased with age, with children 0–4 years with the lowest (7%) followed by children 5–9 years (13%) and 10–14 years (14%).

PERCENTAGE WITH CURRENT AND LONG-TERM ASTHMA
Graph: Percentage with Current and Long-term Asthma

In 2004–05, boys aged 0–14 years were more likely to report current and long-term asthma than girls of the same age, 13% compared with 10%. This was the case for those children in each of the age groups, 0–4 years, 5–9 years and 10–14 years.

Injuries

In 2004–05, 25% (969,000) of children aged 0–14 years had a recent injury (in the four weeks prior to the interview) that required action such as consulting a health professional or reducing usual activity. The prevalence of recent injury for children was similar for boys and girls, 24% compared to 25%. The proportion of girls who had a recent injury in the 0–4 year age group was higher than boys (28% compared with 22%) whereas the proportion of boys who had a recent injury in the 10–14 year age group was higher than girls (22% compared with 20%).

PERCENTAGE OF CHILDREN RECENTLY INJURED (a), 2004–05
Graph: Percentage of Children Recently Injured, 2004-05

The most common type of injury event was a low fall for both boys and girls, 43% compared with 44%. Of those children recently injured, the proportion with a recent injury from a low fall was higher for the younger age group 0–4 years (50%) followed by 5–9 years (44%) and 10–14 years (35%).

For more information on asthma and injuries see Asthma in Australia: A Snapshot 2004–05 (cat. no. 4819.0.55.001) and Injury in Australia: A Snapshot 2004–05 (cat. no. 4825.0.55.001).
RECENT RELEASES


ABS

August

Personal Safety, Australia, 2005 (cat. no. 4906.0)
Diabetes in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4820.0.55.001)
Mental Health in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4824.0.55.001)

October

Injury in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4825.0.55.001)
Asthma in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4819.0.55.001)
Births, Australia, 2005 (cat. no. 3301.0)
Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, Australia, Nov 2005 (cat. no. 4913.0)

AIHW

October

Maternal deaths in Australia, 2000-2002
Child protection and out-of-home care performance indicators
UPCOMING RELEASES


ABS

December

Information Paper: Improving Statistics on Children and Youth— an Information Development Plan (cat. no. 4907.0)

Education and Work, 2006 (cat. no. 6227.0)
Provides selected information, for the civilian population aged 15–64 years, on participation in education; highest educational attainment; transition from education to work; current labour force participation; and demographic characteristics.

Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4901.0)
Presents data on a range of cultural and recreational activities, including participation in organised sports and use of computers, undertaken by children aged from 5 to 14 years inclusive.

Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, June 2006 (cat. no. 3201.0)
Estimates of population for each state and territory classified by sex and single years of age (0–84); also grouped ages, sex ratios, median and mean ages of the population.

AIHW

December

Adoptions, Australia, 2005–06
The AIHW collects national data on adoption and publishes these annually in the Adoptions Australia series.
NON-ABS RESEARCH

WESTERN AUSTRALIA ABORIGINAL CHILD HEALTH SURVEY

The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (ICHR) released Strengthening the Capacity of Aboriginal Children, Families and Communities — the fourth volume of findings of the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey (WAACHS) on 22 November 2006.

The WAACHS provides information on the prevalence, scope and determinants of developmental health problems and educational outcomes in Aboriginal children (aged 0–17 years) living in Western Australia. The first three volumes covered physical health, social and emotional wellbeing, and education. This fourth volume focuses on how key health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal children and families are associated with different aspects of the communities in which they live. The large scale and scope of the survey places it in a unique position to more fully describe the prevalence and distribution of economic wellbeing, family functioning, life stress events and housing quality of families with Aboriginal children, and to identify factors that are associated with these outcomes.

The survey sampled more than 5,000 Western Australian Aboriginal children from around 2,000 families in rural, urban and remote areas of the state. The large scale and depth of the WAACHS means that the findings have relevance across Australia, and are applicable for use in the development of national frameworks and strategies across departments.

The survey was undertaken by the Institute in conjunction with the Kulunga Research Network and the Centre for Developmental Health at Curtin University of Technology. The ABS has played an integral role in the survey development, collection and output phases.


FAMILY VIOLENCE AMONG ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has recently released the report, Family Violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, which provides information on the prevalence and associated outcomes of violence, particularly family violence, for Indigenous People. The report contains national and some state-level data from both survey and administrative collections. Family violence has been recognised as an important issue in Australia and this report will be a valuable resource to inform government strategies and initiatives.

The full publication is available on the AIHW website.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH THEMEPAGE


A Children and Youth Statistics Themepage on the ABS website highlights the type and range of data available for analysis of children and youth issues. This page is updated to advise users of new data releases as they become available.
CONTACT US


For information about the full range of ABS data:
National Information and Referral Service
telephone: 1300 135 070
email: client.services@abs.gov.au
fax: 1300 135 211

For further information on the NCYSU and its activities:
Lesley Martin
telephone: (08) 9360 5320
email: lesley.martin@abs.gov.au



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