Health Snapshots

Daily fruit consumption

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guideline for daily fruit consumption by children and young people is:

  • 2-3 years – 1 serve
  • 4-8 years – 1.5 serves
  • 9-17 years – 2 serves.

Using ABS data, 70% of 2-17 year olds in South Australia met the NHMRC guideline in 2017-18. More children and young people in metropolitan Adelaide met the guideline (71%) than in outer regional/remote South Australia (66%). Almost 8 in 10 children (2-9 years) and almost 6 in 10 children and young people (10-17 years) had consumed 2 or more serves a fruit a day.

In 2017-18, 9% of children and young people (2-17 years) in South Australia had consumed less than 1 serve of fruit per day, higher than the national average (7%).

Young people immunised against HPV

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can prevent cervical cancer as well as other cancers and HPV-related diseases.

The National Immunisation Program provides an HPV vaccination program for young people aged 12-13 years, with the aim of them being fully immunised by 15 years.

The rate of HPV vaccination is increasing in South Australia. In 2015-16, 76% of young women and 72% of young men aged 15 years were fully immunised (up from 74% of young women and 67% of young men in 2014-15).

The Adelaide – Central and Hills regions have the highest HPV fully-immunised rates for both young women (80%) and young men (76%).

Children and young people who are overweight or obese

In 2017-18, 26% of all children and young people aged 2-17 years were overweight or obese, an increase since 2014-15 when the proportion was 23%. Fewer children and young people are obese (7%) than overweight (19%) in South Australia.

The proportion of 2-17 year olds that are overweight or obese is lowest in inner regional areas (17%) and highest in remote and very remote areas (35%). In metropolitan Adelaide the proportion is 26%.

In 2017-18, the likelihood of a child or young person being overweight or obese, increases with age. The proportion for 2-4 year olds was 20% and for 16-17 year olds it was 32%.

Young mothers

The proportion of mothers who were aged 15-19 years at the time of birth was 2.4% of all live births in South Australia in 2016. The proportion has decreased steadily over the last 10 years and has halved since 2006 when the proportion was 4.8%.

The proportions vary across the 4 South Australian local health networks (LHN) from 1.3% in the Central Adelaide LHN to 4.0% in the Country Health SA LHN.

The birth rate for teenage mothers in South Australia, which is the number of mothers per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years, in 2016 was 9 per 1,000 women. This rate has also decreased in the previous 10 years down from 17 per 1,000 women in 2006.

For Aboriginal mothers aged 15-19 years the birth rate in South Australia in 2015 was 53 per 1,000 women, which is down from 77 in 2006 but up from 48 in 2013 (which was the lowest rate in the last 10 years).


About 91% of all 2 year olds and about 88% of all Aboriginal 2 year olds in South Australia are fully immunised.

For all 2 year old children in South Australia, the maps show the 2017-18 immunisation rates by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (SA3) geographical regions. For all Aboriginal 2 year old children in South Australia, the immunisation rates are presented by two Primary Health Networks: Adelaide and Country SA.

The fully-immunised rates are tracked over the last 10 years and benchmarked against the national rates.

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