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Growth assessment and action (GAA) data collection program



The aim of the Northern Territory Government's Growth assessment and action (GAA) program is to improve the growth and nutritional status of children 0-5 years living in remote communities. GAA involves regular monitoring of growth and implementation of early action if growth falters.

The GAA program has 3 main objectives:

The Northern Territory Growth assessment and action report currently provides population level information on the growth status of Indigenous children under five in remote communities across the NT. Usually 78-80 communities participate in each collection. The report includes details of the program coverage, reporting the number of children measured compared with the number of resident children. The report also provides rates of stunting, wasting, underweight and anaemia for the whole NT and by broad geographical regions.

Abstract adapted from Northern Territory Department of Health and Families


Northern Territory Government
Department of Health
87 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8999 2400


Last updated: 27 March 2015
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