Post-neonatal mortality by rurality and Indigenous status in Queensland

Coory, Michael, Hockey, Richard, Flenady, Vicki and Woodgate, Paul (2006) Post-neonatal mortality by rurality and Indigenous status in Queensland. Journal of Paediatrics And Child Health, 42 7-8: 464-468. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2006.00899.x

Author Coory, Michael
Hockey, Richard
Flenady, Vicki
Woodgate, Paul
Title Post-neonatal mortality by rurality and Indigenous status in Queensland
Journal name Journal of Paediatrics And Child Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1034-4810
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2006.00899.x
Volume 42
Issue 7-8
Start page 464
End page 468
Total pages 5
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject CX
321014 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
321207 Indigenous Health
730206 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
730204 Child health
Formatted abstract
To compare post-neonatal mortality among urban and rural Indigenous babies in Queensland.

Registrations of deaths at ages 28 days to 12 months were linked to routine data from the Queensland Perinatal Data Collection.

Indigenous babies were 2.52 times more likely to die during the post-neonatal period than non-Indigenous babies (95% confidence interval: 1.99, 3.20). The differential remained when urban and rural areas were examined separately: the differential was 2.53 (1.81, 3.54) in urban areas and 2.26 (1.58, 3.23) in rural areas.

The key demographic variable that determines post-neonatal mortality in Queensland is Indigenous status, not rurality. This has important policy implications because it means that interventions to reduce the disparity in mortality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous babies should be delivered in urban as well as rural areas. Better routine data are needed and in particular clinical classification of deaths, so that interventions can be monitored and avoidable factors identified.
Keyword Post-natal Mortality
Indigenous Status
Q-Index Code CX

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