Our Project - the statistical study

Quantifying Indigenous Exclusion

This component of the research is being undertaken by Associate Professor Jane Freemantle and Tessa Cutler of the Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

This project aims to quantify the number of births never registered from 2000 to 2009 in Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. It will also analyse the length of time between the birth and the registration of the birth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander birth registrations.

The project involves statistical analysis of linked birth registration and birth notification data in each of the four jurisdictions. Population data will be used including de-identified statutory and administrative information and be sourced from the Midwives Notifications and Births, Deaths and Marriages in each state/territory under consideration. 

The results of this study will provide state/territory and federal governments with accurate counts of registered and unregistered births in each jurisdiction. This will allow a valuable comparison of rates of birth registration for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population with the non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population within and across jurisdictions.

This project will provide the quantitative data to support strategies and policies aimed at improving birth registration among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.  The information gathered will determine whether there is a universal lack of birth registrations among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in Australia. It will empower the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and its representative bodies with accurate and complete information about the registrations in each of the jurisdictions.


download the                  Quantifying Birth Registrations fact sheet.pdf


Ms Tessa Cutler

Tessa Cutler is located at the Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. She is the Research Assistant on the Quantifying Indigenous Exclusion phase of the Closing the Gap in Indigenous Birth Registrations project. Ms Cutler also works on the ARC-funded Victorian Aboriginal Child Mortality Study, which seeks to build a mortality profile of Victoria's Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) children 1988-2008 and the International Indigenous Infant Mortality Collaboration which is providing community to community data comparisons of infant mortality within selected regions of Australia, Canada and the United States. She has a background in Science and has previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Australian Twin Registry.

(Tessa worked on the project from ??? to October 2012)

Associate Professor

Jane Freemantle

Associate Professor Jane Freemantle’s main career focus is as a paediatric epidemiologist with a focus on working with Aboriginal children and communities. Her PhD research at the University of Western Australia developed a mortality profile, describing infant and childhood deaths in WA from 1980-1998 inclusive using linked population data which she has subsequently extended to include deaths to the end of 2002. Her post-doctoral research reported on the association between previous hospitalization and mortality for the WA cohort.

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