4725.0 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on children and youth, Apr 2011
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/05/2012 Reissue
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This article is part of a comprehensive series released as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on children and youth.
Note: In this section, the term 'children' refers to people aged 0–14 years unless otherwise stated. Information was provided by the parent or guardian or, where they were not available, by a close relative or other household member with responsibility for the child. The terms 'young people' or 'youth' refer to people aged 15–24 years. Data presented are from the ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0) and the National Health Survey 2007–08 (cat. no. 4364.0).
The health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people affects their capacity to enjoy life and to meet family and community responsibilities. As much of intergenerational learning occurs through a process of observation, imitation and participation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth may also be influenced by the health-related behaviours of their parents and elders, and in turn, may act as role models for younger children in their families and communities.
The Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010 (cat. no. 4703.0) identifies health as a major domain that contributes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.
Topics covered in this article include: