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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 46 Given that there is an elevated risk in the perinatal period (immediately prior to and following the birth), the CDRPC will seek to specifically monitor stillbirths and deaths occurring in this period. In Australia the perinatal period6 commences at the 20th completed week of gestation and ends 28 completed days after birth. The perinatal data in Table 20 and 21 combine stillbirths (as defined in the NT Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act) and neonatal deaths. The numbers represented over the four year period tend to suggest an overall decline in the number of these deaths though it is difficult to draw meaningful conclusions considering the relatively short time period examined. Figure 20: NT Perinatal Deaths by Aboriginal Status 20062009 0 10 20 30 40 50 2006 2007 2008 2009 N u m b e r o f D ea th s Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal Table 21: NT Perinatal Deaths by Aboriginal Status 20062009 Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal Total 2006 43 20 63 2007 40 14 54 2008 29 16 45 2009 35 20 55 Total 147 70 217 There appears to be an overall pattern in the declining number of Aboriginal perinatal deaths but a longer period of analysis will be needed to establish whether or not this is a consistent trend. As is the case with all of the child death statistics, the Aboriginal population appears to be over-represented. 6 see Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Meteor Online Registry, definition of perinatal period, http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/327314

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