This paper is the fourth and final instalment of WESTIR’s 2020 series, Youth in Greater Western Sydney (GWS). It presents an overview of health-related statistics and trends among young people aged between 12 and 24 years. In collating published health data, this paper also considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people’s health and wellbeing in 2020 and beyond.
This paper has two aims. Firstly, it seeks to present an overview of trends among health, wellbeing and mortality among young people who live in GWS. It does this by drawing together the most recent sources that record observations of young people’s health and wellbeing. The second aim of this paper is to identify the health-related challenges and opportunities that can shape the capacity for young people in GWS to thrive into adulthood. Such challenges include mental ill health, obesity, the use of alcohol and illicit drugs, and the ongoing ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.