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Aboriginal children and young people's wellbeing

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Aboriginal students were more positive than non-Aboriginal students in terms of their self-perception, connection to community and feeling safe in the community.

In general, Aboriginal students fared less well than non-Aboriginal students in terms of their dental health, material basics, family stability, or expectations for further education.

The Speaking Out Survey findings are outlined below, across three wellbeing domains.

Aboriginal children and young people's wellbeing

Healthy and connected
  • More Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal students in Years 7–12 strongly agreed that they feel good about and are happy with themselves and that they feel like they belong in their community.
  • One-third of Aboriginal students talk their Aboriginal language a lot or some, one-third a little and one-third not at all.
  • Three-quarters of Aboriginal students reported knowing their family’s country.
  • Aboriginal female students were significantly more likely to report practising or playing a sport every day compared to their non-Aboriginal female peers.
Safe and supported
  • In general, Aboriginal students fared less well in terms of material basics.
  • A higher proportion of Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal students reported they lived with aunts/uncles and grandparents in their main home and said that other family members including their brothers and sisters cared a lot about them.
  • A higher proportion of Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal students reported they were worried a lot about someone in their family hurting somebody, hurting themselves or getting arrested.
Learning and participating
  • Fewer Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal students said that their parents often ask about school work or homework.
  • A smaller proportion of Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal students reported usually getting along with class mates.
  • More Aboriginal than non- Aboriginal students said it was very much true that a teacher or another adult at their school really cared about them.
  • Fewer Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal students thought they were doing far above or above average in their school results and reported wanting to finish university.

Speaking Out Survey 2019 - Summary report

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