Health service use among children at risk of social‑emotional problems – research brief

Emerging Minds and AIFS, Australia, 2020

This research brief presents key findings from the exploratory analyses of data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) from 2008–16. We investigated children’s use of health and support services by risk of social‑emotional problems, and children’s unmet service needs. Identifying the characteristics of children and families who are less likely to access services is an important step towards enhancing the provision of appropriate health care among Australians who need it.

This research was conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) for the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health.

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