This report:

  • uses linked population birth information collected by the Consultative Council on Obstetric & Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (Victorian Perinatal Data Collection) with the birth registration information collected by the Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1988–2008 inclusive, to construct mortality rates for Victorian-born Aboriginal infants and children
  • reports the cause-specific and age-specific Aboriginal infant (neonatal and postneonatal) and child mortality rates for the birth years 1999–2008 inclusive
  • illustrates the patterns and trends in deaths for Aboriginal compared with non-Aboriginal infants and children born 1999–2008 inclusive
  • describes the mortality outcomes according to metropolitan and regional birth and death locations
  • provides a baseline from which to measure the effectiveness of Close the Gap initiatives introduced from 2009
  • has the potential to provide the Victorian baseline data that will contribute to measuring the Australian Government’s specific aim ‘to halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five
  • provides empirical evidence to inform the more strategic direction of policy and initiatives aimed at improving Aboriginal infant and child outcomes
  • gives clear key messages and recommendations for future initiatives.

A summary report is also available

Author J. Freemantle, R. Ritte, K. Smith, D. Iskandar, T. Cutler, B. Heffernan, G. Zhong, F. Mensah, A. Read
Type Publications
Year 2014
Victorian Aboriginal Child Mortality Study: Patterns
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