The Victorian Aboriginal Child Mortality Study (VACMS): Phase 2 – analysis of mortality and disparities for Aboriginal compared to non-Aboriginal infants, children and young people dying between 2008 and 2009 addressed, for the first time, the inaccurate recording of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander births in Victoria. The project brought together birth and death information from a number of Victorian vital statistics data sources to give an accurate report of the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies born between 1988 and 2008, and the number and causes of any deaths.
This study built on past and continuing efforts by State and Federal governments to further reform the quality of data in health information systems and to report on progress towards improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Victoria.
More information is available at the VACMS project website.
- Heffernan, B., Iskandar, D. & Freemantle, J. 2012, The History of Indigenous Identification in Victorian Health Datasets, 1980–2011: Initiatives and Policies Reported by Key Informants, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.