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Closing the gap on Indigenous birth registrations: quantifying Indigenous exclusion

 

Overview

Closing the gap on Indigenous birth registrations: quantifying Indigenous exclusion project is part of the larger project Closing the gap on Indigenous birth registrations which will investigate the nature and extent of problems faced by Indigenous Australians trying to obtain a birth certificate. The project aims to quantify the number of births not registered from 2000 to 2009 in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. It will also analyse the length of time between a birth and registration of the birth for Indigenous and non- Indigenous birth registrations.

The project is being undertaken by the University of Melbourne in partnership with Monash University, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit and the Australian Research Council. It will provide state and territory and federal governments with accurate counts of registered and unregistered births in each jurisdiction. It will also will provide the quantitative data to support strategies and policies aimed at improving birth registration among Indigenous people. This information will provide Indigenous communities and their representative bodies with accurate and complete information about the registrations in each of the jurisdictions.

Abstract adapted from Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit

Contacts

Associate Professor Jane Freemantle
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
The University of Melbourne
Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street Vic 3010
Ph: (03) 8344 9164
Ph: (03) 9035 8708
Fax: (03) 8344 0824
Email: j.freemantle@unimelb.edu.au

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Last updated: 15 September 2014
 
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