Latest child mortality figures show shocking Government neglect

02 Dec 2011 newsarchivemedia

Aboriginal children are almost three times as likely to die as non-aboriginal children, the Government’s Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee has found.

From 2005 to 2010 the mortality rate of aboriginal children was 95.5 per 1000 children, compared to 33.2 for non-aboriginal children.

In addition more than half of recorded children mortalities came from South Australia’s most disadvantaged areas, with aboriginal deaths accounting for a shocking 83 per cent.

Shadow Minister for the Status of Women and Youth Michelle Lensink said the figures are appalling evidence of the Government’s failure to protect the State’s most vulnerable.

“The Government must be brought to account on these atrocious statistics, which are clear evidence of double standards of care for children in this state,” Ms Lensink said.

“The Liberal Party is demanding the Minister explain how the Government plans to close this grossly unacceptable gap in the welfare of our children.”