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



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


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

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Page 33 Figure 7: NT Child Deaths by Aboriginal Status 20062009 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2006 2007 2008 2009 N u m b er o f D ea th s Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal Total Table 7: NT Child Deaths by Aboriginal Status 20062009 Year of Death Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal Total 2006 39 10 49 2007 42 12 54 2008 37 18 55 2009 31 15 46 4 Year Total 149 55 204 4 Year Average 37 14 51 4 Year Average Rate per 100,000 139 39 82 For all four years, elevated child death numbers for Aboriginal children are evident. Aboriginal children make up around 43% of the NT child population (ABS, 2009a & b), but the number of Aboriginal child deaths was around three times and a half times greater than those for non-Aboriginal children. Likewise, the overall child death rate reveals that Aboriginal children are at almost four times greater risk of dying than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Even though there was a drop in the number of child deaths between 2008 and 2009 the greater percentage was attributed to the non-Aboriginal population with a 28% reduction and the Aboriginal child death numbers only reducing by 16%. However, as previously discussed, year to year comparisons and numbers with such a small population cohort should be treated with caution.

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