Journal article

Clinic Attendances during the First 12 Months of Life for Aboriginal Children in Five Remote Communities of Northern Australia

Therese Kearns, Danielle Clucas, Christine Connors, Bart J Currie, Jonathan R Carapetis, Ross M Andrews



BACKGROUND: The vast majority (>75%) of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory (NT) live in remote or very remote locations. Children in these communities have high attendance rates at local Primary Health Care (PHC) centres but there is a paucity of studies documenting the reason and frequency of attendance. Such data can be used to help guide public health policy and practice. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Clinic presentations during the first year of life were reviewed for 320 children born from 1 January 2001-31 December 2006. Data collected included reason for infectious presentation, antibiotic prescription and referral to hospital. The median number of presentations per child in the firs..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Cooperative Research Council for Aboriginal Health (, Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation (, Ian Potter Foundation (, and the Australian Government Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.