All children and young people
Dimension 1: Health
Young South Australians are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy
- Babies are born healthy
- Children have a healthy early life
- Children and young people have health-promoting
- Children and young people are thriving
The outcome statement: Young South Australians are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy represents the desired result for dimension 1 of South Australia’s Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People (framework). There are four indicators to determine what aspects are measured and 18 measures to provide evidence of progress.
Babies are born healthy
The average birthweight in South Australia (SA) in 2020 was 3,330 grams. Of 18,619 live births of babies born in SA, 6.7% were of low birthweight in 2020 (7.1% in 2016).
Smoking in pregnancy
The proportion of pregnant women who smoked in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in SA was 7.7% in 2020 (12.0% in 2016).
Nationally the proportion was 8.8% in 2020 (9.5% in 2016).
Age when giving birth
In 2020, the proportion of women under 20 years at the time of giving birth, made up 1.8% of all women who gave birth in
SA (2.4% in 2016).3 Despite a slight rise in 2019 and 2020, the rate has steadily declined since 2009.