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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 41 As with the UCOD for child deaths, the highest COD are grouped in the Perinatal Conditions classification. This is generally the case in infants where the UCOD tends to be the actual event that results or contributes to the death. Deaths which involve Multiple Causes of Death account for approximately 9% of the total amount of child deaths. As with the UCOD figures there is still a large portion of CODs which are not yet coded due to the death not being determined by the Territory Coroner. Figure 13: NT Causes of Infant Deaths by Classification Grouping 20062009 Aggregate 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 N um be r of D ea th s 2006-2009 Key to Categories: 1. Cause of death not determined; 2. Circulatory System; 3. Congenital Malformations; 4. Digestive System; 5. Genitourinary System; 6. Ill-defined Symptoms and Signs; 7. Infectious and Parasitic Diseases; 8. Injury and Poisoning; 9. Multiple Causes of Death; 10. Perinatal Conditions; 11. Respiratory System. Table 14: NT Causes of Infant Deaths by Classification Grouping 20062009 Aggregate 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total 1. Undetermined 4 4 2. Circulatory 1 3 4 3. Congenital 4 6 2 2 14 4. Digestive 1 1 5. Genitourinary 1 1 6. Ill-defined 8 3 5 3 19 7. Infectious 1 1 2 8. Injury 1 1 2 9. Multiple Causes 1 1 1 3 10. Perinatal 15 17 17 15 64 11. Respiratory 1 2 3 Total 30 32 29 26 117 As previously discussed, the COD for infants tends to directly relate to the UCOD for the same death with a vast majority of Congenital and Perinatal Conditions directly corresponding with the UCODs classification. Infant deaths involving Multiple Causes of Death account for a very small number with only approximately 3% of the deaths occurring

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