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Keeping kids healthy and strong

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are the youngest people of one of the oldest cultures in the world with rich traditions, lore and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation. They grow up with a strong connection to family, community and country, and are the future of their culture and the carriers and keepers of their stories.

To help ensure these children are given the best start to life, a holistic approach to healthcare which supports their physical, cultural, social and emotional wellbeing is important. The below resources seek to support the overall health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families across Queensland.

Read more about our commitment to improving children’s health in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing Services Plan 2018 – 2023.


Child development

Ear health

Ear infections are a very common childhood illness and generally don’t require medical treatment but if they occur frequently, or if they last a long time, can result in hearing loss and impact children’s learning and development.

Strong hearing is very important in early childhood. Having healthy ears and strong hearing helps children to talk, listen, play and learn. The below resources will help you to keep your child’s ears healthy and strong.

Obesity and nutrition

Eating well and staying active is the best way to give your child a healthy start to life. The below resources offer tips – from birth to teenage years – to help your family make deadly choices and stay healthy, active and strong.

Baby and infants

Young children

Oral health

Keeping kids’ teeth healthy and strong is important for them to learn to chew, talk properly and build their confidence. The below resources provide information on building strong teeth from birth and looking after young mouths to help prevent tooth decay.

Social and emotional wellbeing

Supporting children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing is important to their overall health.