Children's health and parenting

The building blocks for good health start before a child is even born and extend through their first years of life. In fact, the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are vital to their future health and wellbeing.

Children’s health and parenting

Children, like adults, can be afflicted by both physical and mental health problems.

Health problems that don’t arise until later years often originate as a result of childhood.
To provide your child the best start to life, there is a lot to consider, but every child has the right to the basics − a safe environment, good nutrition, loving relationships and of course, the chance to play and develop. Unfortunately, becoming unwell or getting hurt from time to time is part of childhood too – that’s why we have private health cover! As a parent, your role is to help your child to get back on their feet again, either at home or with the help from the right health care professional.


Only just over 4% of children aged 5–14 eat enough vegetables.


of children experience decay in their baby teeth.


Boys are 1.5 times as likely to be hospitalised for injury than girls.


Around 43% of children live with at least one chronic condition.