Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee, Office of the Coroner
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Northern Territory Child Deaths Review and Prevention Committee Annual Report 2020-21 Child death rates by age group, NT, 2016-2020 Annualised age group specific death rates for the five year period are shown in Table 8. The infant death rate of 729.2 deaths per 100,000 children reflects the large number of deaths, most in the neonatal period, that occur in this age group and were the majority of all NT child deaths. The 15-17 years age group are the second highest death rate at 63.4 deaths per 100,000 children and the lowest death rate is the 10 to 14 years age group at 14.6 deaths per 100,000 children. For the five year period from 2016-2020, there were a total of 210 deaths of NT children. The annualised death rate for this period was 139.2 deaths per 100,000 children. The annual rates are presented in Table 7 and Figure 2. It needs to be remembered that there may be additional deaths in recent years that have not yet been reported. Table 8: Child death rates by age group, NT, 2016-2020 Age Group Number of Deaths Rate # < 1 year 137 729.2 1 - 4 years 18 24.3 5 - 9 years 14 15.4 10 - 14 years 12 14.6 15 - 17 years 29 63.4 Grand Total 210 67.3 Source: NT Child Deaths Register and ABS Cat 3101.0, June 2020 # per 100,000 children Child death rates by age group and gender, NT, 2016-2020 Of the total 210 deaths, (n=84, 40%) were female, (n=121, 57.6%) were male and (n=5, 2.4%) was unknown. The respective rates were 55.7 for females and 75.2 for males with an overall rate of 64.6 per 100,000 children. Across the 5 year period, the annualised infant death rate was 630.0 per 100,000 infants for females and 770.0 for males. Table 9: Child death rates by age group and gender, NT, 2016-2020 Age Group Female Male Unknown Number of Deaths Rate # Number of Deaths Rate # Number of Deaths Rate # < 1 year 57 630.0 75 770.0 5 1 - 4 years 6 16.7 12 31.5 0 5 - 9 years 4 9.0 10 21.4 0 10 - 14 years 4 10.0 8 18.8 0 15 - 17 years 13 59.6 16 66.9 0 Grand Total 84 55.7 121 75.2 5 Source: NT Child Deaths Register and ABS Cat 3101.0, June 2020. ABS Cat 3101.0 does not record unknown gender population. # per 100,000 children Some totals may vary from last years report due to late registration and interstate deaths 22
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