This project was a continuation of a broader collaborative project undertaking childhood data linkage activities in the Northern Territory. The project investigated the social, health and family factors that influence school readiness and education outcomes (literacy and numeracy) through the linkage of health and education data sets for the entire Northern Territory (NT) population. The data sets included were perinatal health, school enrolment, National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and Australia Early Development Index.
The project provided knowledge on the utility of administrative data to undertake in population studies on child development in the NT and highlighted that both developmental vulnerability and education outcomes are strongly associated with a range of perinatal and social conditions such as socioeconomic disadvantage, gestational age, sex of child, birth order, maternal age and education, remote location and Indigenous status.
Guthridge, S., Li, L., Silburn, S., Li, SQ., McKenzie, J. & Lynch, J. 2015, Impact of perinatal health and socio-demographic factors on school education outcomes: A population study of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in the Northern Territory, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 15, no 1 (January 2015 – March 2015). DOI: 10.1111/jpc.12852