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Young people’s health in Australia

The health of young people is important in establishing strong foundations for future wellbeing.

While most young Australians are healthy, some have disease risk factors that are preventable. Of young Australians aged 15 to 24:

  • more than 1 in 3 drink alcohol at levels that put them at risk of harm
  • 1 in 10 are daily smokers
  • only 3% eat enough fruit and vegetables
  • 1 in 4 are overweight or obese.

What we’re doing about young people’s health

We are working to give young people information and tools to look after their physical and mental health. Read how we’re supporting young people with information about:

  • alcohol – to help young people reduce risk and have fun at the same time
  • smoking and tobacco – to help young people understand the risks of smoking, and provide tips for saying ‘no’ to smokes
  • drugs – to help young understand the risks of taking drugs, and how to stay safe
  • mental health – to give young people the tools they need to look after their mental health and seek further support when needed
  • immunisation – to support young people keep up to date with vital vaccinations
  • bladder and bowel – to help young people manage these sensitive issues
  • palliative care – to help families make palliative care decisions for their young person.

The Australian Government also established a Youth Taskforce to find ways to involve more young people in policies and programs that affect them.