"Report Card 2018: The wellbeing of young people" report released
Mar 1, 2018
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) have released their third "Report Card 2018: The Wellbeing of Young People" drawing on data available from a number of sources to report on how children and young people are faring in Australia. The paper uses a range of indicators to determine the well-being of young people and provides a comparison of national data to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and alongside international OECD data. Some of the findings include 15.4% of young people aged 18 - 24 report suffering high or very high psychological distress, up from 11.8% in 2011. There has also been an increase in suicide rates amongst young people aged 15 - 24, rising from 10.3 per 100 000 population in 2007 to 12.7 per 100 000 in 2016. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people had significantly higher rates of suicide, with 39.2 suicides per 100 000 population in 2016, up from 33 suicides per 100 000 in 2007.