Australian children are said to be doing well in terms of health and wellbeing, according to a report released today (October 31) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) – but there is 'room for improvement for some'.
The report, A picture of Australia's children 2012, indicates that the prevalence of asthma among children has dropped and that infants and children's death rates have halved since 1986.
The rates of drinking and smoking in children aged 12 to 14 have also reduced with smoking in households with children dropping also.
"The report indeed shows that most Australian children are faring well, but despite this good news, there are several areas where improvements could be made," said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman.
Only 40 per cents of infants were exclusively breastfed to around four months – with the recommended age to six months.
Almost half of children (45 per cent) aged six have dental decay, as with 39 per cent of children aged 12.
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