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Progress of the Northern Territory Emergency Response child health check initiative: preliminary results from the child health check and follow-up data collections

Posted on: 9 January, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 1, January 2009 - March 2009
Related to Child protection Ear health Eye health Oral health Respiratory health Nutrition Growth Infants and young children Northern Territory

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)
Progress of the Northern Territory Emergency Response child health check initiative: preliminary results from the child health check and follow-up data collections. (AIHW Catalogue no. IHW 25)
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This progress report documents the findings on health conditions identified, and referrals made, during child health checks undertaken as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). The report provides a preliminary analysis of data relating to 8,997 children who had received at least one valid child health check as at 17 October 2008.

The key findings from the report identified the presence of 25 health conditions affecting the children including oral, respiratory, ear and skin health conditions. In terms of referrals, just over two in three or 69% of children were referred for at least one type of follow-up service. These results show little change between this report and the May 2008 progress report.

The report acknowledges that follow-up care was required due to the chronic nature of the conditions treated. It concluded that many of the conditions could be controlled through health intervention however, prevention required attention to the poor living conditions, poverty, overcrowding and inadequate nutrition experienced in the communities.

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