Territory Stories

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



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


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




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






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


Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

Page 35 Underlying Causes of Death and Causes of Death of Children in the Northern Territory The CDRPC will this year report on Cause of Death and Underlying Causes of Death for child deaths in the period 2006-2009. The World Health Organisation (WHO) clearly distinguishes between the cause of death (COD) and the underlying cause of death (UCOD). COD is defined as all those diseases, morbid conditions or injuries which either resulted in or contributed to death and the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced any such injuries. UCOD is defined as (a) the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death, or (b) the circumstances of the accident or violence, which produced the fatal injury (WHO, 2008). Depending on the circumstances of the death, the COD and UCOD can be the same or can differ. An example of when they differ would be if a person was a passenger in a car, that car was involved in a traffic accident, leading to the passenger dying of internal haemorrhaging. In that case, the COD would be the internal haemorrhaging as it was the injury that caused the death of the person, and the UCOD would be the traffic accident as it was the major event that caused the death. In the tables and figures representing the COD and UCOD, child deaths have been grouped in classifications that are based on ICD-10 AM groupings with slight modification for simplicity and improved understanding. This data allows the child deaths occurring throughout the Northern Territory to be more thoroughly examined with regard to how and why the deaths occurred. Such understanding can help raise public awareness and may also contribute to the development of targeted responses to reduce the incidence of such deaths.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.