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NT Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee annual report 2009-2010



NT Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee annual report 2009-2010


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Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Death -- Causes -- Statistics -- Periodicals; Children and death -- Periodicals

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Page 8 Child Death Part 3.3, section 208 of the Act defines child death as: (a) the death of a child who usually resided in the Territory (whether the death occurred in the Territory or not); or (b) a still-birth as defined in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act that occurred in the Territory. Congenital Malformations Congenital Malformations, including deformations and chromosomal abnormalities, are physical and mental conditions present at birth that are either hereditary or caused by environmental factors. Infancy The infancy period extends from birth to 12 months of age. An Infant Death is the death of a liveborn child under 1 year of age. 2 Neonatal The neonatal period extends from birth to 28 days of age. A Neonatal Death is the death of a liveborn baby within 28 days of birth.3 Perinatal The perinatal period extends from 20 weeks gestation to 28 days following birth. A Perinatal Death is a foetal (sic) or neonatal death of at least 20 weeks gestation or at least 400 grams birthweight.3 Stillbirth (Fetal Death) Death prior to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception of 20 or more completed weeks of gestation or of 400 grams or more birth weight. The death is indicated by the fact that after such separation the foetus (sic) does not breathe or show any other evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord or definite movement of voluntary muscles.3 Underlying Cause of Death (a) the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death; or (b) the circumstances of the accident or violence, which produced the fatal injury.4 2 Abeywardana, S. & Sullivan, E.A. (2008). Congenital anomalies in Australia 20022003. Birth anomalies series no. 3 Cat. no. PER 41. Sydney: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Perinatal Statistics Unit. 3 Laws, P.J. & Hilder, L. (2008). Australias mothers and babies 2006. Perinatal statistics series no. 22.Cat. no. PER 46. Sydney: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Perinatal Statistics Unit 4 World Health Organisation (2008), ICD-10 International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision, Volume 2 Instruction Manual, 33-34.

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