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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 43 Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths in the Northern Territory The definition of child death provided in Section 208 of the Care and Protection of Children Act includes stillbirths as defined in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act. This Act defines a stillborn child to be a child of at least 20 weeks gestation or with a body mass of at least 400 grams at birth that exhibits no sign of respiration or heartbeat, or other sign of life, after birth. For the purposes of the CDRPC it was decided to report and analyse stillbirths separately from child deaths, as is the case in other Australian jurisdictions where stillbirths are registered. The NT BDM Register is the source of data for the following tables. Figure 15: NT Stillbirths by Gender 20062009 0 5 10 15 20 25 2006 2007 2008 2009 N u m b er o f S ti llb ir th s Female Male Unknown Table 16: NT Stillbirths by Gender 20062009 Female Male Unknown Total 2006 21 23 44 2007 21 10 1 32 2008 14 12 1 27 2009 17 19 1 37 Total 73 64 3 140 There appears to be great annual variability in the number of stillbirths registered with the NT BDM Registry. A total of 37 stillbirths were registered in 2009 compared with 27 in 2008, 32 in 2007 and 44 in 2006. There appears to be a consistent pattern for each gender across all years apart from 2007. There might be a correlation between the increase in stillbirths for 2009 when compared to 2008 and the lower number of infant deaths experienced in 2009 when compared to 2008 (Figure 8).

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