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

Details:

Title

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

Collection

The Children's Commissioner Northern Territory reports; Reports; PublicationNT

Date

2010

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Notes

Date:2010

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Office of the Children’s Commissioner Northern Territory

Place of publication

Casuarina

Copyright owner

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Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/236802

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/640686

Page content

Page 30 Figure 5: NT Child Deaths by Age Category 20062009 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 <1 year 1-4 years 5-9 years 10-14 years 15-17 years N u m b er o f D ea th s 2006 2007 2008 2009 Table 5: NT Child Deaths by Age Category 20062009 Year of Death <1 year 1-4 years 5-9 years 10-14 years 15-17 years Total 2006 30 3 4 6 6 49 2007 32 4 3 6 9 54 2008 29 6 3 6 11 55 2009 26 7 4 6 3 46 4 Year Total 117 20 14 24 29 204 4 Year Average 29 5 4 6 7 51 4 Year Average Rates per 100,000 772 35 20 36 74 82 Death rates calculated per 100,000 child population. It can be seen that registered child deaths for the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 have been recorded as 49, 54, 55 and 46 respectively. The percentages of infant deaths (out of total child deaths) for the four years are 61%, 59%, 53% and 57% respectively. Over the four years from 2006 2009 there is a consistent pattern with the highest number of child deaths occurring during the first year of life, numbers then fall sharply and start to rise in the 10-14 years and 15-17 years age groups. There appears to be a gradual decrease in the numbers of infant deaths and a fall in the number of deaths in the 15-17 year in 2009. However the observed changes in 2009 are not inconsistent with long term trends (reported in chapter 4) and due to the small numbers no meaningful conclusion can be drawn. Future years data will help assess trends. Death rates rather than numbers provide a sounder basis for time series, interstate and international comparisons. Child death rates in the present publication are based on ABS Estimated Residential Population data (ABS, 2009a) and are calculated on 100,000 children and young people aged 0-17 years in the NT. Given the relatively small numbers involved and the statistical variation that might be expected from year to year, rates are based on an


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