National Child Health Poll

The big issues in a child and adolescent health are being regularly monitored in The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll.

The quarterly poll of 2,000 Australian households is the only national survey that directly seeks responses from Australian families and communities. It aims to raise awareness and discussion about issues of concern to both young Australians and their families, to encourage research and to offer helpful suggestions on problems identified.


On Tuesday 5 December, the ninth National Child Health Poll was released and found that Aussie kids aren’t getting enough vegetables in their diet, and many Australian parents believe fruit drinks may be healthier than water.

The poll is funded through the generous community donations through the Good Friday Appeal and is directed by Dr Anthea Rhodes, a paediatrician at the hospital and medical educator at the University of Melbourne. For the full findings, please visit www.rchpoll.org.au



The first poll in December 2015 identified the top 10 health problems perceived by the Australian public, listed below:

  • Excessive screen time
  • Obesity
  • Not enough physical activity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Bullying
  • Illegal drug use
  • Family and domestic violence
  • Internet safety
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Suicide

Subsequent polls have delved into screen time and what’s happening in our homes, Australian parents’ perspectives on vaccination, summer safety, over-the-counter medicines that parents use, sources of child health information, and politics.