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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 24 Chapter 4 Child Deaths in the Northern Territory The Historical Context of NT Data on Child Deaths The CDRPC holds child death data from 2006-2009, so to provide a historical and national context it is necessary to draw data from other sources such as the ABS and Health Gains Planning Branch (HGP) in the NT Department of Health and Families (DHF). In presenting this data it allows the Committees 2006-2009 data to be given some longer term perspective. This allows additional meaningful conclusions regarding the more recent trends of the child deaths rates. In terms of population the NT is the smallest Australian jurisdiction, with an estimated 2009 population of 225,938. This represents around 1% of the Australian total. The NT has the youngest population in Australia with an average age of 31.2 years. The NT child population represents 28% (62,738) of the total population. Approximately 30% of the total NT population and 43% of the NT child population are Aboriginal Australians (ABS, 2009a & b). The Aboriginal population of the NT (estimated at 66,290 for 2009) is around 12% of the national total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population (ABS, 2009b). Table 1: Child Death Rates by Age, NT and Australia, 2008 AGE 0 Years 1-4 Years 5-9 Years 10-14 Years 15-19 Years Aust 4.8 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.5 NT 8.1 0.6 0.2 0.5 1.4 Aust 3.7 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 NT 4.1 0.7 0.2 0.3 1.0 Males Females Source ABS 2009, Deaths Australia, 2008 Rates calculated per 1,000 children The above table (adapted from ABS, 2009c), provides a comparison between the NT and Australian child death rates in 2008. In all categories of age and sex the NT rates are higher than the Australian rates. For example, for male infants the national death rate is 4.8 per 1,000 live births whereas the NT rate is 8.1 per 1,000 live births. The NT rates are indicative only because of random variations associated with the low number of deaths in the relatively small NT population.