More children diagnosed with mental illness amid Victoria’s second Covid wave

Exclusive: Data analysis of 3m patients also shows near eradication of flu and gastro

There has been a significant increase in anxiety, depression and eating disorders in young people aged up to 14 years old since Victoria’s second coronavirus wave began, data analysis of 3 million patients across general practices in Victoria and New South Wales has found.

The study was led by Monash University, with researchers analysing data from more than 1,000 GP practices in NSW and Victoria.

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