A new report will help Brimbank council find ways to further improve education and health outcomes for children and youth in the municipality.
The Mitchell Institute at Victoria University report in partnership with Brimbank Council, “Children, Young People and Health in Brimbank,” examines the evolution of health and education outcomes in the region over the past 10 years. years until 2016.
The report found that Brimbank had seen a sharp increase in the number of young people earning or learning with 84.1% of young people aged 15 to 24 studying or working, up from 72.3% in the 10 years.
There has also been a dramatic drop in the number of children whose mothers have a low level of education. Both are indicators for children at greater risk of poor education and life opportunities.
Brimbank Mayor Jasmine Nguyen said council was pleased to see the improvement in education outcomes highlighted in the report.
“Education is one of the council’s advocacy priorities, it is key for young people to find good jobs and opportunities for a better future.
“In addition, supporting social and economic inclusion has been identified as a priority in the council’s key strategic document, Together We are Brimbank 2021-2025. “
While the report showed positive signs, Cr Nyugen said it did not show the impact of the past two years and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Despite the promising results, the report does not capture the impact COVID-19 has had on the incomes and learning of young people, which makes the need for programs and supports for young people more important than ever.
“The programs offered by Brimbank Learning Futures, youth services and neighborhood centers have been informed by local young people and respond to the current challenges they face. “
The report said there were still challenges at Brimbank. During the study period, he found that the statistics for female smoking during pregnancy, youth unemployment, type 2 diabetes, and loss of electronic game machine players all worsened.
The report was produced as part of the Growing Brimbank partnership with the University of Victoria.
The council uses data and evidence accessible through the partnership to inform services and pilot programs, and to work with the community to better understand the health issues affecting the people of Brimbank.