The number of infant deaths (at less than one year of age) per 1,000 live births in the ACT.
What do we measure?
The number of infant deaths and the number of live births in the ACT.
Why is this important?
Infant mortality (i.e. deaths under one year of age) is commonly viewed as an important indicator of the general health and wellbeing of a population and has a large influence on life expectancy at birth. A high infant mortality rate lowers life expectancy, while a low infant mortality rate contributes to increased life expectancy.11
Each infant death is reviewed by ACT Health and recommendations are made in relation to the findings as required. The Child Death Committee reviews infant deaths while perinatal deaths, including neonatal deaths, are reviewed by the Obstetric and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality Committees, and by the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Committee. The Women's, Youth and Children's Quality and Safety Committee and its executive members review recommendations put forward to them for evaluation and continue to seek improvements for the health and wellbeing of infants in the ACT.
How is the ACT progressing?
Source: ABS.Stat © Commonwealth of Australia, 12 June 2018. Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia.
Note This indicator also represents a small number of infants, most of which would die as a result of complications of prematurity. The infant mortality rate in the ACT between 2006 and 2016 is not significantly different to that of the Australian rate. The infant mortality rate for ACT babies has also improved by 2.0 per cent from 5.1 per cent in 2006 to 3.1 per cent in 2016.
11 ABS 2010, Measures of Australia’s Progress, 2010, cat. no. 1370.0, Canberra.