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Regional differences

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Across many of the wellbeing areas, students in regional and remote areas reported very similar views and opinions about their wellbeing as students in the metropolitan area and students overall.

Here are some of the key differences found between the different groups of students in the Speaking Out Survey, across the three wellbeing domains.

Regional differences

Healthy and connected
  • Students in remote and regional areas were more likely to have ever had a dental filling and to report a long-term health condition than students in the metropolitan area.
  • Fewer students in remote areas reported being affected by school or study problems and by worries about mental health and wellbeing.
  • 70% of students in remote areas said they feel like they belong in their community compared to 58% of students in regional and 56% in metropolitan areas.
Safe and supported
  • Two-in-five remote area students had moved house in the last 12 months.
  • A lower proportion of students in remote areas reported having their own bedroom and having access to the internet at home but a higher proportion reported having been on three or more family holidays in the previous 12 months.
  • The proportion of Year 7–12 students saying they had ever stayed away from home overnight because of a problem was higher among remote and regional students than students in the metropolitan area
Learning and participating
  • Students in regional and remote areas were more likely to have changed schools than students in the metropolitan area.
  • Students attending remote schools were less likely than students in the metropolitan area to say they usually get along with class mates or teachers.
  • Regional students were more likely than other students to report that they almost always get extra help from teachers if they need it.
  • Students in remote areas reported greater independence with respect to mobility and travel compared with students in the metropolitan area.

Speaking Out Survey 2019 - Summary report

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