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Annual report 2009-2010, NT Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee



Annual report 2009-2010, NT Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee

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


Office of the Children's Commissioner Northern Territory


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Date:2010; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




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

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Northern Territory Government

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The Children's Commissioner Northern Territory annual report; Annual reports



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Page 10 Executive Summary Background and Overview of the Committee Activities This is the second Annual Report of the Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee. The Committee was established pursuant to Part 3.3 of the Care and Protection of Children Act. The purpose of the child death review process is to assist in the prevention and reduction of child deaths. The primary object of the Committee is to assist in the prevention and reduction of child deaths through: (a) maintaining a database on child deaths; and (b) conducting research about child deaths; and diseases and accidents involving children; and (c) the development of appropriate policy to deal with such deaths, diseases and accidents Details of the Committees functions are also set out in the Act. The Committee has been continuing its work improving internal policy and procedures regarding the provision and use of sensitive information it holds. It is also committed to strengthening relationships it has with key stakeholders. Research has been undertaken in partnership with DHF regarding Aboriginal fetal and infant death rates; the outcomes of which should influence future policy directions for the Committee. Likewise, a preliminary comparative analysis on hanging deaths provides impetus for future policy and research direction. The Child Deaths Register As outlined in Chapter 2, the Committee has continued its focus on developing the Child Deaths Register. Work has progressed to develop an NT database that included obtaining another jurisdictions database and attempting to adapt it to the NT context. This was problematic for a number of reasons and the Committee decided to establish its own database using specifications designed in conjunction with an IT consultant. The Committee hopes to have completed this task in the near future. This year the Underlying Causes of Death and Causes of Death have been coded to the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modified (ICD-10 AM) for the years 2006-2009, by coders from the National Centre for Health Information Research and Training (NCHIRT). Data provided in last years Report, based on the Child Deaths Register, has been amended slightly due to the Committees validation and review process. This data is also affected by late registrations on the NT Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) Registry and collection from interstate BDM Registers. The Committee is part of the Australian and New Zealand Child Death Review and Prevention Group (ANZCDRPG) and, within that group, has been contributing to discussions related to national reform agenda issues such as cross-border information sharing and a national collection of child deaths data.