NT Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee annual report 2009-2010
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Page 48 Given these concerns, the Committee commissioned its Research Officer to undertake preliminary analysis for hanging deaths for the periods 2006-2007 to 2008-2009. This information was compared with similar information from NSW and Qld. The data for other states were sourced from the NSW Child Death Review Team and the Qld Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. Other jurisdictions were not used due to the unavailability of deaths specific to suicide by hanging, or in relation to Victoria and Western Australia the information was only available in relation to children in the child protection system. Deaths of this type in both NSW and Qld are registered against the year in which the death was registered. Therefore, to compare deaths in the NT with these two jurisdictions, the data were aligned by date of registration. Hangings Data Table 22: Hanging Numbers and Rates by Jurisdiction 2006-2009 Year of Death No Rate No Rate No Rate 2006-07 17 4 8 1 3 11 2007-08 18 4 12 2 8 30 2008-09 9 2 9 1 3 11 3 Year Total 44 3 29 1 14 18 Qld NSW NT Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2009), NSW Child Death Review Team (2009) and Qld Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (2009) Rates of death are calculated per 100,000 children and young people based on the 200607 10-17 years, estimated resident population data. Note: There are currently 9 outstanding deaths for children between the ages of 11 and 17 years of age before the Territory Coroner, some of which may impact on the above figures. Likewise, NSW and Qld may also have cases before their respective Coroner. Figure 21: Number of Hangings by Jurisdiction 10 17 Years, 2006-2009 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 3 Year Total N u m b er o f H an g in g s Qld NSW NT As a result of the specific nature of the type of child death being analysed, the numbers are quite volatile and vary considerably from year to year especially in the NT with a much smaller population size. Therefore, it is more appropriate to view the numbers on a 3 year aggregated basis.
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