NT Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee annual report 2009-2010
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Page 15 The Committee will have the ability to look at infant and child deaths in more depth, on a case by case basis, however the focus will be looking at trends and patterns on an aggregated basis by cause or type of death. These perspectives will allow it to interrogate in greater detail the factors behind deaths and death rates. With the expertise and experience of its members from different disciplines and occupations in the field of child health and wellbeing, the Committee will have the capacity to provide for the broader community some answers to the what, how and why questions and to make recommendations on how to reduce or prevent such deaths in the future. Legislation The Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee (CDRPC or the Committee) is an independent statutory body established in accordance with provisions contained in Part 3.3 of the Act (see Appendix 1 page 53). Objective The object of Part 3.3 of the Act, Prevention of child deaths, 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. The Committees functions are: to establish and maintain the Child Deaths Register; to conduct or sponsor research into child deaths, diseases and accidents involving children and other related matters (such as childhood morbidity and mortality), whether alone or with others; to make recommendations on the research into child deaths, diseases and accidents; to monitor the implementation of the recommendations; to raise public awareness in relation to: (i) the death rate of children; (ii) the causes and nature of child deaths and diseases and accidents involving children; (iii) the prevention or reduction of child deaths, diseases and accidents; to contribute to any national database on child deaths in Australia; to enter into an arrangement for sharing of information with anyone in Australia who has functions similar to those of this Committee; to perform any other functions as directed by the Minister in relation to the object of this legislative provision. At the end of each financial year the Committee is required to prepare a report about the operation of the Committee during that financial year. Should the Committee conduct or sponsor research about issues identified as being relevant to child deaths in the NT, the
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