According to the Young Minds Matter study, mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression, are experienced by approximately one in seven or 560,000 young people in Australia. These disorders remain common and can often have significant impact on children’s learning and development and on family life.
Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) cover a range of methods used to help couples with fertility problems achieve pregnancy, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). One in 25 Australian births are now conceived this way. Researchers are tracking the health outcomes for children conceived from ART.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed childhood mental health disorder, affecting about 1 in 20 children. It can impact their behaviour, learning and social skills. A range of therapies and medication can help manage the condition.
Characterised by varying degrees of difficulties in communication skills and social abilities, one in every 100 individuals will have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. That's around 240,000 Australians with autism. While autism is known to run in families, the exact causes remain unknown.
Convenient, readily available and helping create a close and loving bond between baby and mother, Breastfeeding is highly regarded for optimising infant health and preventing chronic disease in adulthood.
Bronchiolitis is a respiratory infection, usually occurring in babies under six months of age. It causes them to wheeze and can lead to pneumonia. Researchers are focusing on vaccines against the virus which commonly causes it.
Bullying is now regarded as a health problem and not just a disciplinary problem. Increasing evidence shows both traditional bullying (e.g. hitting, teasing) and cyberbullying have lasting effects on young people (both those who bully and those who are bullied), including damage to self-esteem, academic results and mental health.
A non-progressive motor disability due to damage of the developing brain, this is the most common physical disability in childhood. Affecting about one in 500 babies, it is frequently accompanied by other neurological impairments, such as intellectual or sensory.