Reducing Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infancy: targeting mutable risk factors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families.
The infant mortality rate in a country reflects the health of pregnant women, newborns and young children, as well as the impact of structural factors on the population health such as accessibility to health services and effectiveness of the health system. Infant mortality offers key insights into lifestyles and trends in underlying risk and protective factors related to children's health. This presentation will highlight the risk factors for sudden unexpected deaths in infancy identified in a Queensland cohort of infants. Comparisons of infant care practices used by Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents highlight areas where improvements in the understanding of risk factors and better uptake of safe sleeping recommendations may be achieved. Reduction in risk factors will reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies who die each year suddenly and unexpectedly, and will contribute long-term to reducing the gap in health inequalities experienced by this group within our population.
Working towards closing the Gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing.
Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)