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Hunter Health pushing up Indigenous baby weights

Date posted: 2 June 2014

Efforts to improve long-term health outcomes for Indigenous people by boosting the birth weights of Aboriginal children are paying off at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital in New South Wales.

It is national Reconciliation Week and Hunter New England Health is highlighting the gains it is making in the care of pregnant Indigenous women.

Leanne Morris is the manager of the Birra-li Maternal and Child Health Centre which has been providing antenatal care in Newcastle for 14 years.

She says birth weights of Indigenous babies are steadily increasing and are now exceeding those of non-Indigenous babies.

'All our babies that are at term are born above what is considered a healthy weight, which is 2 and a half kilos or 2500 grams, 7 pounds in the old scale,' she said.

'So we do very very well and we actually do better than non-Aboriginal babies in that particular area, which is amazing.'

She says services have slowly been expanding.

Source: ABC news


Last updated: 30 May 2014
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