UNICEF has revealed in its recent report that Australian children are found poorer in growth both in terms of physical and mental health when compared to Latvian, Croatian, and Slovakian kids.

The report “The Fairness for Children” was released by UNICEF on Thursday. The report marked Australia at the 27th spot in the 35 ranks of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations on health aspects. On the other hand, Australia placed 24th out of 37 nations as far as its education equality was concerned. In short, the nation lagged behind many both in terms of education as well as health.

The report highlighted the huge gap between rich and poor, which indicated the level reached to its maximum point in the last 30 years as far as OECD nations were concerned. In the OECD nations, the effect of poverty has started shifting from the older generation to the youth since the 1980s. “While Australia is doing comparatively well in some areas, the size of Australia’s economy suggests that the outlook for Australian children could be significantly better,”  UNICEF Australia director of policy and advocacy Nicole Breeze said as quoted by Probono Australia.

“The starkest findings in the report are Australia’s position on health and education, with inequality indicators putting Australia at 27 out of 35 for health and 24 out of 37 for education. Australia must place equity at the heart of our child well-being agendas and the ‘leave-no-one-behind’ principle should form the foundation of future social strategies. The evidence presented in this report card suggests that to improve overall child well-being, the most disadvantaged must not be ignored.”

Meanwhile, National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell said that Australia was unable to provide a good start to the children. “UNICEF’s report highlights the widening gap between children at the bottom and those in the middle,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Mitchell as saying. “The report asks challenging questions for Australia’s policymakers on how to address the needs of our most vulnerable children.”