4105.0 - Children and Youth News, Feb 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/04/2006   
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The Telethon Institute of Child Health Research (ICHR) will release the third volume of results of the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey (WAACHS) on March 24th 2006.

The WAACHS provides information on the prevalence, scope and determinants of developmental health problems and educational outcomes in Aboriginal children (aged 0-17) living in Western Australia. This third volume covers educational experiences of Aboriginal children aged 4-17 in formal education. The results from the survey’s first two volumes, which concentrated on the physical health and social and emotional wellbeing, are integrated with education data in this third volume. This has enabled educational outcomes to be described along with the key factors that influence them, for the first time.

The survey sampled more than 5,000 Western Australian Aboriginal children representing 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 ICHR in conjunction with the Kulunga Research Network. The ABS has been an integral part of the survey development, collection and output phases.

For more details on the survey and the previous two volumes released, see http://www.ichr.uwa.edu.au/waachs. A pdf of the publication will be available via the ICHR website from March 24th.

Future volumes will examine aspects of Aboriginal children and young people’s:
family and community environment (due for release in November 2006)
experiences with the justice system (due for release in October 2007)


A number of research reports presenting data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australia Youth have recently been released. These include—
Non-apprenticeship VET Courses: Participation, persistence and subsequent pathways (LSAY Research Report No 47)
Unmet Demand? Characteristics and activities of university applicants not offered a place (LSAY Research Report No 46)
Young People Outside the Labour Force and Full-time Education: Activities and profiles (LSAY Research Report No 45)
Participation in and Progress through New Apprenticeships (LSAY Research Report No 44)
Life Satisfaction of Young Australians: Relationships between further education, training and employment and general and career satisfaction (LSAY Research Report No 43)