A Social Health Atlas of Young South Australians [Second Edition]

Published: January 2003

This second edition of A Social Health Atlas of Young South Australians brings together a wide range of information about the health status and health service use of the children and young people of South Australia. The Atlas seeks particularly to illustrate linkages between socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, poorest health status and greater use of services.

Authored by PHIDU

Atlas extras:     Supplement     Errata     Data (xls)

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Executive summary

1 Introduction

2 Methods

3 Demography and socioeconomic status
  • Age distribution
  • Children living in single parent families
  • Children living in low income families
  • Children living in SA Housing Trust dwellings
  • Children living in dwellings with no motor vehicles
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Early school leavers
  • Unemployment
  • Dependent children of selected pensioners and beneficiaries
  • Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA) Achievement Scores
  • Total Fertility Rate
4 Health status
  • Infant deaths
  • Deaths of people aged 15 to 24 years
  • Perinatal risk factors
  • Low birthweight babies
  • Body mass index
  • Child abuse and neglect
5 Utilisation of health and welfare services
  • Hospital admissions
  • Terminations of pregnancy
  • Use of general practitioner services
  • Use of community based services
  • Immunisation status of children at 12 months of age
6 Statistical analysis
  • Correlation analysis
  • Cluster analysis

7 Summary of findings

  • Supporting information



Important data on smoking during pregnancy became available after the atlas was published. With the assistance of the Pregnancy Outcome Unit of the DHS, this data is now available for public release. The supplement shows variations in smoking among pregnant women aged 15 to 24 years by socioeconomic status and geographic location.