Growing Up in Australia’s Child Health CheckPoint

Growing up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint.

The Child Health CheckPoint is a one-off physical health assessment for the younger children in Growing Up in Australia (the B-cohort, now aged 11-12 years old). State-of-the-art health measurements are conducted in a purpose-built, 'pop-up' assessment centre that will travel to major Australian cities throughout 2015. The CheckPoint assessment centre opened in Victoria in February 2015 and will move to NSW then continue around the country.

The Child Health CheckPoint targets multiple Australian health priorities. Child assessments include cardiovascular structure and function, respiratory function, hearing, vision, body composition, fitness, physical activity and time use, dental health, bone and muscle structure, nutrition and health-related quality of life. Biological samples collected include blood, saliva, urine, hair and toenail clippings. A parent of each child is also invited to take part, to learn about intergenerational health.

The Child Health CheckPoint is run from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, supervised by senior health researchers from Growing Up in Australia, and in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Department of Social Services. Its core funding is from the National Health and Medical Research Council, supplementing the Australian Government funding of the main Growing Up in Australia study.

The resulting digital and biological resource will be housed at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The CheckPoint dataset will be released to approved LSAC data users, linked to the main LSAC dataset in late 2017, this will be updated as the data are progressively extracted.

Enriching LSAC with this detailed health data should assist researchers and policy makers to inform public health and service strategies that improve the health of Australian children.

For further information visit the Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint page on the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute website.

You can also read Introducing Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint in the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ journal Family Matters.