Painting a True Picture of Indigenous Health

10 Oct 2013

When a baby is born in Victoria, certain information is collected and catalogued. But not many of us know that, up until 2009, the information collected at the birth has been about the baby’s mother, leaving the father largely out of the picture.

According to authors of a new study due to be released later this month, this omission has had the direct and dramatic effect of underestimating the number of births where either or both the mother or father identify as Aboriginal.

The landmark study conducted by the Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit in the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health provides – for the first time – an accurate and complete identification and analysis of births and deaths of children up to the age of 18 in Victoria over the past 20 years.

The study has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Victorian State and Federal governments, the Lowitja Institute, and the RE Ross Trust.

To read this article from The Age in full click here.