Journal article

Identifying young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in linked administrative data: A comparison of methods.

BJ McNamara, J Jones, Ccj Shepherd, L Gubhaju, G Joshy, D McAullay, DB Preen, L Jorm, SJ Eades

International Journal of Population Data Science | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: In the ongoing debate on optimum methods for identification of Indigenous people within linked administrative data, few studies have examined the impacts of method on population counts and outcomes in family-based linkage studies of Aboriginal children. Objective: To quantify differences between three algorithms in ascertaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in linked administrative data. Methods: Linked administrative health data for children born in Western Australia (WA) from 2000-2013, were used to examine the cohorts identified by three methods: A) the Indigenous Status Flag (ISF, derived by the WA Data Linkage Branch using a multistage-median approach) for t..

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