The only observation I will make is that I echo the comments of Professor Freemantle. The year is 2014…..
Such important research.
Aboriginal babies in Victoria are twice as likely to die as non-Aboriginals in their first year, with a study warning efforts to close the gap have a long way to go.
- Aboriginal births made up 1.6 per cent of births statewide but accounted for 3.1 per cent of Victorian infant deaths.
- nine deaths per 1000 live births among Aboriginal babies, compared to 4.5 deaths for non-Aboriginal babies.
The first study of its kind in Victoria reveals that the gap between the Aboriginal infant mortality rate and the rest of the population is worse than thought.
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, said the data showed that the federal government’s Closing the Gap goals to address indigenous disadvantage had a massive task ahead. One of the national targets is to halve the gap in mortality rates for children by 2018.
Associate Professor Freemantle said there had been no change in the rate of Aboriginal infant mortality in 10 years and there was a lot of work to be done.
For this to be the case in 2014 is really not acceptable,” she said. “We want this data to be used to prevent preventable deaths and to target interventions.
The Age article goes on to say:
The study, which took six years, found that the previous estimate of the number of Victorian births to Aboriginals or Torres Strait Islanders over the decade should be increased by between 87 and 120 per cent.
Having just heard a debate on National Radio about the recitation of a prayer to begin each Local Government Council meeting and then reading this report, I could not help but be hit with the irony of our collective priorities at this time of year.
Wasn’t there a fella that once said……
Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.
- Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
- Victorian Aboriginal Child Mortality Study
- Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc
- The Age
- Closing the Gap