NT Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee annual report 2009-2010
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Page 23 Interpretation of Data Another challenge in the interpretation of child deaths data in the NT is the problem of small numbers. This can lead to major variations in both numbers of deaths per year and in death rates for particular categories such as specific age groupings and Indigenous status. As has been noted in a study of death rates for Indigenous people in the NT, time series of death rates and life expectancy statistics exhibit considerable random fluctuation over time (Wilson, Condon & Barnes, 2007, p. 184). Given this random variation, there needs to be a focus on the underlying trends over an extended period of time rather than on drawing conclusions from statistics for any single year. In the current report, some longer term trend data are discussed in Chapter 4, whilst the available NT BDM Registry data are presented for the most recent four calendar years. Even though this report provides cause of death data for the period of 2006-2009 it was decided by the Committee to maintain and update Chapter 4 as it provides a historical context to child deaths in the NT over a 40 year period. Methodology for Calculation of Child Death Rates The child death rates in Chapter 5 were calculated using child death data contained in the interim Child Deaths Register and ABS population statistics. For the general population rates the most recent Estimate Resident Population statistics were used. When Aboriginal rates were required, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experimental estimates and projections were utilised (ABS, 2009a & b).
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