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This page provides data on key early years indicators for the City of Boroondara, including participation in health and development checks, breastfeeding rates and childhood immunisation rates.

Participation in health and development checks

In 2017-18, 1,435 births were registered in Boroondara, with 45% of these to first-time mothers (645). Boroondara provides Maternal and Child Health services across 12 sites. The service provides health and developmental checks for children at 10 key stages from birth to 3.5 years.

As shown in Table 1, participation rates in 2017-18 started to drop off after the 4-years consultation, and just under 70% of children in Boroondara participated in the 3.5 year appointment (1002).

Table 1: Total participation rates for key ages and stages consultations 2017-18, City of Boroondara and the North-Eastern Victoria (Source: Department of Health and Human Services, 2019)

 Stages of consultations

Boroondara

North-Eastern Region

 Home Consultation

97.6

98.2

 2 Weeks

97.6

98.6

 4 Weeks

95.5

96.5

 8 Weeks 

93.8

95.6

 4 Months

93.7

94.7

 8 Months

93.2

92.4

 12 Months

96.7

92.3

 18 Months

96.5

86.3

 2 Years

91.1

84.6

 3.5 Years

69.8

73.4

Breastfeeding rates

In 2017-18, more than three-quarters of babies born in Boroondara were fully breastfed on discharge from hospital (78.6%). At three months of age, 61.6% of babies were fully breastfed, and 11.5% of babies were fully breastfed at six months of age.

The rates of babies who were fully breastfed in the first 3 months of their life was generally higher in Boroondara than in the North-Eastern Region.

Table 2: Breastfeeding rates in City of Boroondara and the North-Eastern Region, 2017-18 (Department of Health and Human Services, 2019)

Fully breastfed

Boroondara

EMR

On Discharge

78.6%

60.9%

At 2 weeks

77.4%

58.9%

At 3 months

61.6%

50.8%

At 6 months

11.5%

21.6%

Children's health at school entry

The School Entrant Health Questionnaire (SEHQ) is completed by the parents or caregivers of children entering their first year of school. In Boroondara, 1,470 children were involved in the 2019 SEHQ data collection.

In Boroondara, 84.1% of children reported to have an excellent or very good health, 1.1% higher than the Metropolitan region.  68.4% of children reported to have attended a Maternal and Child Health Centre for their 3 ½ year-old check and 58.6% children reported to have been seen by a dentist in the previous year.

With regard to behavioural and emotional wellbeing, 21.7% of children were reported to be at high risk of developmental or behavioural problems, slightly lower than the Metropolitan region. Few children (3.9%) also reported of having a parent with history of mental illness.

Table 4 shows the results for selected indicators of children’s health and compares the Boroondara results to the Melbourne Metropolitan Region.

Table 3: General health indicators of children entering preparatory (prep) level in 2016 (Source: School Entrant Health Questionnaire)

General health

Boroondara (no.)

Boroondara (%)

Metropolitan Melbourne (%)

Children reported to be in excellent or very good health

1,236

84.1%

83.0%

Children reported to have allergies

114

7.7%

8.4%

 of the children above, those with an allergy action plan at school

41

35.6%

37.3%

Children reported to have been told by a doctor they have asthma

113

7.7%

10.0%

 of the children above, those with an asthma action plan at school

80

70.6%

64.4%

Table 4: Oral health and Speech/language indicators of children entering preparatory (prep) level in 2019 (Source: School Entrant Health Questionnaire)

Oral health

Boroondara (no.)

Boroondara (%)

Metropolitan Melbourne (%)

Parents concerned about their child's oral health (eg, teeth, gums etc)

198

13.5%

15.6%

Speech/language

Boroondara (no.)

Boroondara (%)

Metropolitan Melbourne (%)

Children reported to have difficulties with speech and/or language

173

11.7%

13.9%

of the children above, those who are seeing a speech pathologist

59

34.0%

29.1%


Table 5: Service use indicators of children entering preparatory (prep) level in 2019 (Source: School Entrant Health Questionnaire)

Service use

Boroondara (no.)

Boroondara (%)

Metropolitan Melbourne (%)

Children reported to have attended a Maternal and Child Health Centre for their 3 ½ year old check

1,006

68.4%

70.0%

Children reported to have been seen by an optometrist in the past year

272

18.5%

16.3%

Children reported to have been seen by a paediatrician in the past year

159

10.8%

12.2%

Children reported to have been seen by a dentist in the past year

862

58.6%

50.4%

Children reported to have been seen by an audiologist/hearing specialist in the past year

103

7.0%

7.6%

Children reported to have participated in a kindergarten program led by a qualified early education teacher

1,256

85.4%

85.2%

Table 6: Behavioural and emotional wellbeing indicators of children entering preparatory (prep) level in 2019 (Source: School Entrant Health Questionnaire)

Behavioural and emotional wellbeing

Boroondara (no.)

Boroondara (%)

Metropolitan Melbourne (%)

Parents concerned about the behaviour of their child

170

11.5%

13.9%

Children at risk of developmental and behavioural problems

319

21.7%

22.3%

Children at moderate risk of developmental or behavioural problems

413

28.1%

28.0%

Table 7: Indicators for high risk of behavioural and emotional problems of children entering preparatory (prep) level in 2019 (Source: School Entrant Health Questionnaire)

Children at high risk of behavioural and emotional problems

Boroondara (no.)

Boroondara (%)

Metropolitan Melbourne (%)

Emotional symptoms

77

5.2%

6.5%

Conduct problems

105

7.1%

10.1%

Hyperactivity

75

5.1%

7.5%

Peer problems

81

5.5%

8.6%

Pro social

40

2.7%

3.0%

Total difficulties (score in the 'high risk' range)

45

3.1%

5.8%

Table 8: Family stress indicators of children entering preparatory (prep) level in 2019 (Source: School Entrant Health Questionnaire)

Family stress

Boroondara (no.)

Boroondara (%)

Metropolitan Melbourne (%)

Families experiencing high or very high stress during the month prior to the survey

115

7.8%

8.2%

Alcohol or drug related problem in family

15

1.0%

2.8%

History of abuse to parent

35

2.4%

4.2%

History of abuse to children

12

0.8%

1.4%

Child witness to violence

19

1.3%

2.6%

Gambling problem in family

12

0.8%

0.6%

History of mental illness of parent

58

3.9%

6.6%

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Childhood immunisation rates

Table 10 shows immunisation rates for children at 1 year, 2 years and 5 years in the City of Boroondara. In 2020, 1 year-old children had the highest rate of immunisation (94.9%), followed by 5 year-olds (94.7%). At the same time, 2 year-old children were immunised at a slightly lower rate at 91.8% of the target population.

Table 9: Immunisation rates for children at one year, two years and five years, City of Boroondara, 2020 (Source: Department of Health, Immunisation coverage rates for all children)

Age Group %DTP %Polio %HIB %HEP %MMR %Pneumo %MenC %Varicella %Fully

1 year old

96.4%

96.3%

95.8%

95.7%

0.0

97.0%

0.0

0.0

94.9%

2 years old

93.9%

97.0%

94.7%

96.9%

93.5%

95.5%

95.3%

94.4%

91.8%

5 years old

95.7%

95.1%

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

94.7%

 

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