children

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In several Australian prisons, babies and toddlers live with their mothers who are serving time. Keeping young children with their mums is a good thing, but they need to be better supported.

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A UNSW-led study of more than 100,000 children is the largest ever to examine who delays starting school in New South Wales, and how a child’s age when they start school relates to their ‘readiness’ in terms of development.

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Flu vaccination is provided free for children with chronic illnesses, yet uptake is low prompting UNSW researchers to call for renewed efforts to get this message out to parents in order to keep affected children out of hospital.

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The estimated cost of raising children in Australia has risen over the past two decades due to new ideals, UNSW researchers have found.

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An alarming number of children under five years of age are being prescribed asthma medication outside of national guidelines, leading to calls for better education of health care providers. 

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Being exposed to abuse or neglect before age five is the strongest predictor of whether a child will be at risk for future mental illness, a study from UNSW Sydney finds.

 

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If children develop severe respiratory illness before two years old, they are at least double the risk of developing asthma later in childhood, a study of NSW babies has found.

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UNSW researchers Linda Corkery and Kate Bishop are calling for radical change in the way we design cities for our younger citizens. 

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The first major study of golden staph bloodstream infection in Australian children has found higher death rates if the right antibiotic is not used to treat the infection.

Nauru

The Australian government must respond to the latest reports of abuse in Australia’s offshore processing centre on Nauru as it did with the children detained at Don Dale, write Madeline Gleeson and Khanh Hoang.

 

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