WAACHS Volume 4

VOLUME 4: Strengthening the capacity of Aboriginal children, families and communities

Content of Volume 4

This volume of the finding from the Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey (WAACHS) focuses on how key health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal families are associated with different aspects of the communities in which they live. The survey describes the prevalence and distribution of economic wellbeing, family functioning, life stress events and housing quality and identifies the factors associated with these outcomes.

Area classifications

To better describe the geographic diversity of Western Australia and the marked differences in access to basic services, cultures and health outcomes experienced by Aboriginal people living in remote areas of the state, two geographic classifications are used:

Level of Relative Isolation (LORI). LORI was developed specifically to describe WAACHS data. The classification more appropriately reflects differences in culture, access to services and health outcomes for Aboriginal children, particularly those living in isolated areas. See Glossary to learn more.

ATSIC regions. Since the release of Volume 1 in 2004, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) has been replaced by the Office for Indigenous Policy Coordination. As a consequence, regions administered by ATSIC Regional Councils were replaced by Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs). See Glossary to learn more.

Main Volume

Volume 4 comprises eight chapters together with Appendices and a Glossary. PDF files are available for either the complete volume or for each component of the volume.


Summary Booklet

Complete main volume

Components of the main volume:


Citation, Forward, Contents, About this publication, Preface

Chapter 1: The survey - objectives, design and process

Chapter 2: Characteristics of families and communities with Aboriginal children

Chapter 3: The socioeconomic wellbeing of families with Aboriginal children

Chapter 4: Family functioning

Chapter 5: Life stress events

Chapter 6: Housing

Chapter 7: Profiling communities with Aboriginal children

Chapter 8: Strengthening the capacity of Aboriginal families and communities