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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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Page 39 Figure 11: NT Underlying Causes of Deaths by Age 1-17 and Classification Grouping 2006 2009 Aggregate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 1. C irc ula to ry 2. C on ge nit al 3. N ut rti on al 4. E xte rn al 5. I ll-d ef ine d 6. I nf ec tio us 7. I nju ry 8. N eo pla sm s 9. N er vo us 10 .R es pir at or y N um be r of D ea th s 2006-2009 Key to Categories: 1. Circulatory System; 2. Congenital Malformations; 3. Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases; 4. External Causes; 5. Ill-defined Systems and Signs; 6. Infectious and Parasitic Diseases; 7. Neoplasms; 8. Nervous System; 9. Injury and Poisoning; 10. Respiratory System. Table 12: NT Underlying Causes of Deaths by Age 1-17 and Classification Grouping 20062009 Aggregate 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total 1. Circulatory 1 4 5 2. Congenital 1 1 3 5 3. Nutrtional 1 1 2 4. External 12 14 18 6 50 5. Ill-defined 1 1 4 6 6. Infectious 1 1 1 3 7. Injury 1 1 8. Neoplasms 2 2 1 5 9. Nervous 2 1 4 7 10.Respiratory 1 1 1 3 Total 19 22 26 20 87 As previously stated, External Causes which include events such as transport accidents, intentional self-harming, accidental poisoning, interaction with dangerous animals or creatures and drowning are prevalent in children above the infant age range. External Causes as the UCOD is more prevalent in the age groups of 15-17 with a trend of lower death numbers in the age groups following infancy (particularly 14 and 5-9 age groups). In 2009, as evidenced in Table 12, there was a significant fall in the number of External Causes as the UCOD, mainly due to the elimination of any self-harm events occurring in that year. Though noteworthy, this result must be treated with caution because of the Northern Territorys small population. Over the four year aggregated period transport accidents accounted for 20 deaths (Appendix 2) of which 18 deaths were in the age group 1-17. This amounts to 21% of all deaths in this age group. A total of nine children were passengers or

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