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Strengthening the Capacity of Aboriginal Children, Families and Communities
In 1993 the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (the Institute) conducted the Western Australian Child Health Survey (WACHS), from which three volumes of findings were produced documenting the health, wellbeing and education of 4-16 year old Western Australian children.
Following on from that survey, the Institute met with Aboriginal leaders and representatives from across the state and received their endorsement to conduct a survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This survey, involving 5,289 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 0-17 years living in 1,999 families across Western Australia, has been the first in Australia to gather comprehensive health, wellbeing, developmental and educational information on a population based sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
The WAACHS was undertaken by the Kulunga Research Network in conjunction with the Institute and the Centre for Developmental Health at Curtin University of Technology.
WAACHS publications can be obtained by contacting the Telethon Institute ( 9489 7777 or visiting the Web site www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/waachs
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