3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
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INFANT MORTALITY

A high degree of caution should be exercised in regard to interpreting Indigenous infant deaths data, as in addition to the data quality issues that impact on Indigenous deaths data generally (see Explanatory Notes 53-62), data on infant mortality by Indigenous status is subject to the high variability caused by small numbers.

Infant mortality rates for Indigenous Australians are around twice the rates for all Australians. Of all Indigenous infant deaths (aged under twelve months) registered in 2008, almost half (43%) were attributed to Conditions originating in the Perinatal Period (P00-P96). This was a similar proportion compared with non-Indigenous infant deaths (48%).


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