National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 09Child under 5 mortality rate (and excess deaths), 2012
Identifying and definitional attributes  
Metadata item type:  Indicator 

Indicator type:  Indicator 
Short name:  PI 09Child under 5 mortality rate (and excess deaths), 2012 
METEOR identifier:  438608 
Registration status: 

Description:  There are two measures for this indicator: Measure (1a): Mortality rates for children aged less than five years, by Indigenous status and Measure (1b): Excess deaths for Indigenous children aged less than five years. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data for this indicator is for perinatal mortality, infant mortality, child 14 years mortality and child 04 years mortality. 
Rationale:  High level of public interest. Key measure for the 'Closing the Gap' indicator of halving the gap in mortality rates for children under 5. 
Indicator set:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement (2012) Indigenous, Superseded 13/06/2013 
Outcome area:  Indigenous children have the same health outcomes as other Australian children Indigenous, Standard 21/07/2010 
Quality statement:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 09Child under 5 mortality rate (and excess deaths), 2012 QS Indigenous, Superseded 13/06/2013 
Collection and usage attributes  
Population group age to:  This indicator uses a number of different population group age bands:


Computation description:  Rates are calculated for Indigenous and nonIndigenous. Variability bands are to be calculated for rates (single year data only) using the standard method (see definition below). For trends: Percentage change and statistical significance of change is to be calculated (required for CRC reporting). Excludes deaths where Indigenous status was not stated. Rate ratios and rate differences are calculated for Indigenous: nonIndigenous. Presentation: (1a): Number, rate per 1,000 of all births (perinatal), rate per 1,000 live births (infant), rate per 100,000 population (children 14 years and children 04 years), rate ratio, rate difference and variability bands (1b): Excess deaths: number. Definitions: 'Standard method’ for variability band computation: Rates derived from administrative data counts are not subject to sampling error but may still be subject to natural random variation, especially for small counts. A 95% confidence interval for an estimate is a range of values which is very likely (95 times out of 100) to contain the true unknown value. Where the 95% confidence intervals of two estimates do not overlap it can be concluded that there is a statistically significant difference between the two estimates. This is the standard method used in AIHW publications for which formulas can be sourced from Breslow and Day (1987) in the publication ‘Statistical methods in cancer research’. Typically in the standard method, the observed rate is assumed to have natural variability in the numerator count (e.g. deaths, hospital visits) but not in the population denominator count. Also, the rate is assumed to have been generated from a Normal distribution ("Bell curve"). Random variation in the numerator count is assumed to be centred around the true value, i.e. there is no systematic bias. 
Computation:  Perinatal and infant mortality rates: 1000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator). Children 14 and 04 mortality rates: 100,000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator). Rate ratio: Indigenous rate divided by nonIndigenous rate. Rate difference: Indigenous rate minus nonIndigenous rate. Variability band: to be calculated using the standard method for estimating 95% confidence intervals as follows. Crude rate: Where d = the number of deaths in the relevant agegroup Percentage change: Calculated by multiplying the average annual change over the period by the number of data points less 1. This is then divided by the rate for the first year in the series and multiplied by 100. The average annual change in rates, rate ratios and rate differences are calculated using linear regression which uses the least squares method to calculate a straight line that best fits the data and returns an array that best describes the line. The simple linear regression line, Y = a + bX, or ‘slope’ estimate was used to determine the average annual change in the data over the period. The formula used to calculate the slope estimate and standard error of the slope in Microsoft Excel is: LINEST (known_y’s, known_x’s, true) entered as an array formula (Ctrl, Shift, Enter). Statistical significance of change: The 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the standard error of the slope estimate (average annual change) are used to determine whether the apparent increases or decreases in the data are statistically significant at the p<0.05 level. The formula used to calculate the CIs for the standard error of the slope estimate is: 95% CI(x) = x ± 1.96 x SE(x) where x is the average annual change (slope estimate). If the upper and lower 95% confidence intervals do not include zero, then it can be concluded that there is statistical evidence of an increasing or decreasing trend in the data over the study period. Excess deaths: Observed number of Indigenous deaths among babies before, during or within one month of birth (perinatals), infants, children aged 14 years and children aged 04 years less expected number of deaths among Indigenous children of the corresponding age group if the age specific rate of the nonIndigenous population for the corresponding period was applied to the Indigenous population. Definitions: ‘Perinatal mortality’ is defined in the ABS Perinatals Collection as death of a baby within 28 days of birth (neonatal death) or of a fetus (unborn child) of at least 20 completed weeks of gestation or with a birth weight of at least 400 grams. 
Numerator:  Perinatal: Number of perinatal deaths (foetal and neonatal)
Infant: Number of deaths among children aged less than 1 year Children 14: Number of deaths among children aged 14 years Children 04: Number of deaths among children 0 to 4 years 
Numerator data elements:  
Denominator:  Perinatal: Number of all births (including live births, and stillbirths of at least 20 completed weeks of gestation or with a birth weight of at least 400 grams.
Infant: Number of live births Children 14: Population aged 14 years Children 04: Population aged 04 years 
Denominator data elements:  
Disaggregation:  Measure (1a): Current period: 20052009 (perinatal) and 20062010 (infant, child 14, child 04): For Indigenous and nonIndigenous (numbers, rates, rate ratios, and rate differences):
Time series: 2008 (previously supplied); 2009 (perinatal–required for 2012 reporting) and 2010 (infant, child 04required for 2012 reporting): For Indigenous and nonIndigenous (numbers, rates, rate ratios, rate differences, variability bands, percentage change and statistical significance of change):
Measure (1b): Current period (5 year aggregated data): For Indigenous only (number – observed, expected, excess):

Disaggregation data elements:  
Comments:  Most recent data available for 2012 CRC report is 2010 for ABS infant and child mortality data; and 2009 for ABS perinatal data; Infant and child mortality: Aggregated data (20062010) will be reported for the current reporting period. Single year data (2008, 2009 and 2010) will be reported for time series analyses (national level only for infants and child 04 years), noting that data provided for previous years will be used unless a resupply is provided. Perinatal data: Aggregated data (20052009) will be reported for the current reporting period. Single year data (2008 and 2009) will be reported for time series analyses (national level only for perinatals) noting that data provided for previous years will be used unless a resupply is provided. Disaggregation by Indigenous status will be based on data only from jurisdictions for which the quality of Indigenous identification is considered acceptable. At this stage, only data from selected state/territories are considered of acceptable quality for reporting mortality of Indigenous persons (NSW, Qld, WA, SA and NT). National rates should include these five states and territories only. Disaggregation by state/territory is based on state/territory of usual residence of the deceased. Indigenous child mortality data is subject to high variability due to small numbers of deaths among children 0 to 4 years. Due to the small number of Indigenous deaths reported each year, 5 year combined data will be reported for the current reporting period. Single year data will be used for reporting time series. To report trends, the COAG Reform Council will separately request percentage change and statistical significance testing for this indicator directly from the AIHW when ABS supplies the data. Variability bands accompanying mortality data should be used for the purposes of comparisons over time. They should not be used for comparing mortality rates at a single point in time between jurisdictions as the variability bands and mortality rates do not take into account differences in underidentification of Indigenous deaths between jurisdictions. Baseline year for NIRA target (Halve the child mortality gap within a decade) is 2008; baseline year for this indicator is 2008; target year is 2018. Perinatal data from the AIHW Perinatal Data Collection was reported for this indicator in previous reporting cycles, however it is no longer required. 
Representational attributes  
Representation class:  Rate 
Data type:  Real 
Unit of measure:  Person 
Format:  N[N].N 
Indicator conceptual framework  
Framework and dimensions:  Deaths 
Data source attributes  
Data sources:  ABS Estimated resident population (total population) Frequency Quarterly Quality statement ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS Data custodian Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS Indigenous experimental estimates and projections (2001 Censusbased) Frequency Periodic Quality statement ABS Indigenous experimental estimates and projections, QS Data custodian Australian Bureau of Statistics 
Accountability attributes  
Reporting requirements:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement. 
Organisation responsible for providing data:  Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 
Further data development / collection required:  Specification: Longterm. 
Source and reference attributes  
Steward:  National Indigenous Reform Agreement Performance Information Management Group 
Relational attributes  
Related metadata references:  See also National Healthcare Agreement: PB 09Halve the mortality gap for Indigenous children under five within a decade, 2012
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19Infant and young child mortality rate, 2012
Has been superseded by National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 06Under five mortality rate by leading cause, 2013
Supersedes National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 09bChild under 5 mortality rate (and excess deaths) (ABS Data), 2011

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