An atlas of six South Australian communities

Mapping the influences on community wellbeing

Published: 2016

An atlas of six South Australian communities: Mapping the influences on community wellbeing was produced for the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) and the Department for Health and Ageing (SA Health).

Over the last three decades, numerous reports and studies have highlighted substantial variations in the wellbeing across the South Australian population, and the gaps between those who are doing well, and those who are not. These differences, or 'inequalities', are readily apparent across Adelaide, and our rural and remote communities, as they are in other areas of Australia.

This atlas describes the extent and significance of inequalities in individual and community wellbeing, particularly those associated with wider social and economic influences; and points to areas where the impacts of disadvantage across the lifespan, and, in many cases across generations, need to be addressed. The atlas includes a number of communities in Adelaide and rural and remote parts of the State, identified by these Departments (DCIS and SA Health). Four of these communities - northern Adelaide, southern Adelaide, Peterborough, and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands - have been identified for inclusion in the Thriving Communities Initiative, a South Australian Government call to address strong patterns of intergenerational disadvantage affecting the lives of many individuals and families living in these areas.

Authored by PHIDU


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Section 1: Context and purpose

Section 2: What determines community wellbeing?

Section 3: A focus on Aboriginal wellbeing

Section 4: Indicators of community wellbeing

  • Summary measure of socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Australian Early Development census: Children assessed as being developmentally vulnerable
  • Numeracy outcomes for Year 3 students in government schools
  • Early school leavers
  • Children living in jobless families
  • Age Pension recipients
  • Youth unemployment benefit recipients
  • Learning or earning
  • Unemployment benefit recipients
  • People living with disability
  • Households without Internet access
  • Households without a motor vehicle
  • Low income households under financial stress from rent or mortgage
  • Positive assessment of the local environment
  • Voluntary work
  • Can get support in times of crisis from outside the household
  • Adult obesity
  • Adult smokers
  • Psychological distress
  • Premature mortality

Summary (excluding Correlations)

Summary: Correlation matrix (A3 paper size)

Appendices A to D

Appendix E: Key maps (A3 paper size)