Report card on Aussie youth confronting

Report card on Aussie youth confronting

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth says its extremely concerned by new figures showing Australia’s immunisation rate for children is on the decline.


The Alliance has released a new report today, titled “Report┬áCard: The Wellbeing of Young Australians”

It’s found Australia’s youth are becoming more overweight, are more likely to be unemployed, and are less likely to be immunised.


Chief Executive Lance Emerson has told the ABC the figures on immunisation come as a surprise, as Australia used to lead the world in immunisation rates.

He’s says Australia’s rate of immunisation for whooping cough is particulary low, being at the bottom of the list of OECD nations.

Dr Emerson has blamed scaremongering by anti-vaccination groups for this decline.

The report has also shown Australia has a higher than average rate of teenage pregnancy, but youth smoking rates are decreasing.


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