19 May 2011
As with adults, there are a range of measures of child wellbeing available on the NATSISS. Some of these are particularly relevant to Indigenous children—for example, language and cultural participation. Other measures on the NATSISS are of relevance to all children—for example, education participation, health and housing conditions. Rather than choosing a single measure of wellbeing, the analysis presented in this lecture focuses on measures of child wellbeing across a number of domains. The lecture will begin with a discussion of the difficulties involved with measuring and analysing measures of wellbeing for Indigenous children. We will then present analysis on a number of new variables from the NATSISS, making comparisons where appropriate between outcomes for Indigenous adults and Indigenous children. In the final part of the lecture, we will discuss the inter-generational transmission of socioeconomic disadvantage and the relationship to Indigenous wellbeing.