Child and maternal health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday as other Australian children. Their mothers also have less access to antenatal and postnatal services, and are less likely to use services when they are available.

Many Aboriginal women have very healthy babies; however, Aboriginal women’s health continues to be an area of concern, with many Aboriginal women suffering complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and babies having lower birth weights and higher levels of complications compared with non-Aboriginal Australians. (Gai Wilson, What Do Aboriginal Women Think Is Good Antenatal Care? Consultation Report, CRCAH, 2009)

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Created: 28 May 2012 - Updated: 20 December 2016