Exploring factors impacting early childhood health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities: protocol for a population-based cohort study using data linkage (the 'Defying the Odds' study)
Bridgette McNamara, Lina Gubhaju, Louisa Jorm, David Preen, Jocelyn Jones, Grace Joshy, Carrington Shepherd, Daniel McAullay, Sandra Eades
BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018
INTRODUCTION: Empirical evidence on family and community risk and protective factors influencing the comparatively high rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations and deaths among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants and children is limited. As is evidence on geographical variation in these risks. The 'Defying the Odds' study aims to explore the impact of perinatal outcomes, maternal social and health outcomes and level of culturally secure service availability on the health outcomes of Western Australian (WA) Aboriginal infants and children aged 0-5 years. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The study combines a retrospective cohort study that uses state-wide linked health and administrat..View full abstract
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‘DEFYING THE ODDS’: EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF PERINATAL OUTCOMES, MATERNAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH OUTCOMES AND LEVEL OF CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE SERVICE AVAILABILITY ON THE HEALTH OF WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL INFANTS AND CHILDREN
A healthy start to life is essential for life-long health. Currently, Aboriginal children have greater rates of death and hospitalisation th..
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
Funding for the Defying the Odds study has been provided by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (project grant 1078214). BM was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Training Fellowship (586736). Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is supported in part by the Victorian Government OIS Programme.