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Girls' wellbeing

One of the standout results in WA’s inaugural Speaking Out Survey of 2019 was that female young people consistently rated their wellbeing below that of their male peers, reporting higher rates of stress, low life satisfaction and not feeling happy about themselves.

In response to this, the Commissioner’s office conducted a literature review of evidence from national and international research into gender and wellbeing. The results of the Speaking Out Survey 2021 have also since confirmed the findings of a significant gender wellbeing gap for children and young people in WA.

Government, the non-government sector and the WA community must work together to address the challenges facing many female children and young people.

A key aspect of this process is listening to female children and young people and hearing their concerns and worries.

In 2022, the Commissioner’s office will further explore girls’ wellbeing and the gender wellbeing gap by:

  • conducting additional analysis of the Speaking Out Survey data
  • consulting with children and young people
  • working closely with two advisory committees
  • developing the Young Aboriginal Researchers in Community program to empower young Aboriginal women in the Goldfields to develop research skills and support them to conduct peer-research. 

Commissioner's resources

Literature review - Exploring the decline in wellbeing for Australian girls

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Data insights - Female students' views on their wellbeing

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