Indigenous child deaths need to fall

The COAG Reform Council report released last month found although the Northern Territory was improving, the overall Indigenous child mortality rate – 202.6 per 100,000 children in 2010 – was still twice that of non-Indigenous Australian children.

“Only the Northern Territory is on track to close the gap in death rates by 2031 if the trend continues,” council chairman Paul McClintock said.

“We welcome the progress toward halving the gap in death rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous