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Insights into early origins of Aboriginal chronic non communicable disease

International research shows low weight (LBW) at birth is linked to later chronic adult disease. If this can be confirmed in the Aboriginal population it will provide a solid foundation for directed interventions to reduce chronic diseases and decrease the premature Aboriginal adult mortality associated with these conditions.

The project showed that a dataset of over 3000 Aboriginal newborns born between 1972-1986 at the Royal Darwin Hospital had good linkage with hospital admissions for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory up to the current time. However at the current age of this cohort, for hospital admissions for chronic diseases, Aboriginal people born LBW did not have more hospital admissions for chronic diseases than Aboriginal people born non-LBW.

The next stage of this project will:

Project leader

Susan Sayers



Administering institution:

Menzies School of Health Research