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Calls to investigate infant mortality rates

Published: 9 October 2014

Calls to investigate infant mortality rates

The City of Choice Leadership Team has called on the State and Federal Governments and relevant health authorities to investigate the high infant mortality rate in the Brisbane metropolitan south health region, which includes the City of Logan.

This follows the release of the National Health Performance Authority report 'Healthy Communities: Child and maternal health in 2009-2012', which indicates the region has a mortality rate as high as that in the remotest parts of Australia.

The report shows that in the Brisbane metropolitan south region there were 6.1 infant deaths per 1,000 births compared to 2.9 per 1,000 births in south-western Melbourne over the same time period.

This infant mortality rate of 6.1/1,000 is consistent with rural and remote areas of Australia, which have poorer health systems than metropolitan Brisbane.

Leadership Team Chair, Jude Munro, said the City of Choice team was deeply disturbed by the findings.

"It's hard to understand how this region can differ so widely from south-western Melbourne, when both have socially disadvantaged areas," Ms Munro said.

"We've called on government and health authorities to investigate the underlying issues that influence this unacceptable infant mortality rate.

"Our health system underpins the health and wellbeing of the people in the Logan area, and quality health education and care must start with parents, and pre and post natal care."