Prospective data confirm the lasting effects of maltreatment on children

Steve Kisely and Jake Najman
Med J Aust 2020; 212 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50445
Published online: 13 January 2020

Child protection services in Australia require fundamental workforce and organisational reform

The numbers of recorded cases of child maltreatment in Australia have risen sharply in recent years, accompanied by a substantial increase in the number of children placed in out‐of‐home care.1 The article by Green and colleagues2 in this issue of the MJA reports a linkage study of prospectively recorded contacts of children with child protection services during early childhood and subsequent mental health service visits between 6 and 13 years of age, based on administrative data for a representative population sample of 74 500 New South Wales children commencing school in 2009.3

  • Steve Kisely
  • Jake Najman

  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD


Competing interests:

Jake Najman has received grants from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council for a longstanding birth cohort study on which some of this editorial is based.


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