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Victorian Aboriginal child mortality study



This five-year Australian Research Council-funded study is currently underway at the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit (University of Melbourne) in collaboration with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). The study will use an innovative method and research process to address the critical issue of a lack of good quality data.

This study brings together birth and death information from a number of Victorian data sources to give an accurate report of the number of Aboriginal babies born between 1988 and 2008, and the number and causes of death for Aboriginal children during this period. Linking information on the health of children and young people from different sources will help to determine whether their health status is improving, which health programs are working, which ones are not, the size of the gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Victoria, and what programs are needed to close this gap.

Victorian Aboriginal child mortality study abstract


Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit
Centre for Health and Society, School of Population Health
The University of Melbourne
Level 4, 207 Bouverie St
Carlton Vic 3010

Associate Professor Jane Freemantle
Chief Investigator
Ph: (03) 8344 9164

Related publications

Heffernan B, Sheridan S, Freemantle J (2009)

An overview of statutory and administrative datasets: describing the health of Victoria's Aboriginal infants, children and young people.

Melbourne: Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, University of Melbourne


Last updated: 5 July 2012
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