Births to Teenage Mothers
The annual number of live births to women aged 15-19 years old per 1,000 females in that age group.
What do we measure?
The number of live births by age of mother and the ACT resident female population of that age.
Why is this important?
Teenage pregnancy is recognised both in Australia and internationally as an important risk factor for both obstetric and perinatal outcomes and also poor social outcomes for both mother and child.
The ACT has one of the highest average ages for women to give birth for the first time in Australia, and one of the lowest rates of teenage mothers. However despite this, there is still a group of young mothers giving birth in the ACT who have a unique set of needs to support successful pregnancy and parenting outcomes. ACT Health provides a targeted service for these young women including the Step Ahead program. This program provides a model of antenatal care which facilitates vulnerable young pregnant women engaging with appropriate support and care.
How is the ACT progressing?
Source: Data extracted on 12 Jun 2018 04:46 UTC (GMT) from ABS.Stat Â© Commonwealth of Australia. Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia. The ACT has one of the lowest teenage fertility rates* in Australia.4 The fertility rate for teenage women has been consistently lower in the ACT than nationally. Between 2004 and 2016 the ACT teenage fertility rate remained significantly lower than the national rate.
The ACT fertility rate has significantly decreased in the last five years (2011-16).
* Fertility rate refers to the age specific fertility rate for 15-19-year-old females
4 ABS 2015, Births, Australia, 2014, cat. no. 3301.0.