A new report has found the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region and Central Queensland had among the highest rates of non-natural child deaths in the state between 2014 and 2018.
A new report has found the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region and Central Queensland had among the highest rates of non-natural child deaths in the state between 2014 and 2018.

Mackay, CQ among highest rates of non-natural child deaths

A new report found the Mackay Isaac Whitsunday region and Central Queensland had among the highest rates of non-natural child deaths in the state between 2014 and 2018.

The 'Counting lives, changing patterns' report was tabled in Queensland Parliament this week and explored findings from the Queensland Child Death Register from 2004 to 2019.

It found the five statistical areas with the highest rate of external cause deaths (deaths from injury, poisoning or other adverse events) between 2014 and 2018 were Outback Queensland, Darling Downs - Maranoa, Cairns, Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday and Central Queensland.

In Mackay, these external deaths included transport, drowning, other non-intentional injury, suicide and fatal assault and neglect.

The report noted, in three of the five statistical areas with the highest rates of external cause deaths - Cairns, Mackay - Isaac - Whitsunday and Central Queensland - suicide was the leading external cause.

"These areas recorded suicide rates of between 3.7 and 4.2 per 100,000 during the five-year period 2014-2018," it said.

"Suicide rates were also high in Outback Queensland (3.5 per 100,000).

"The higher rate of suicide observed in these areas is consistent with national data, which records higher rates of suicide in rural and remote areas and shows rates increase with the level of remoteness."

The five statistical areas with the highest rate of external cause deaths for usual residents between 2014 and 2018 were OutbackQueensland, Darling Downs-Maranoa, Cairns, Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday and Central Queensland.
The five statistical areas with the highest rate of external cause deaths for usual residents between 2014 and 2018 were OutbackQueensland, Darling Downs-Maranoa, Cairns, Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday and Central Queensland.

The Queensland Family and Child Commission said it would work with interested parties to build upon the findings of the 16-year review and help improve outcomes for all Queensland children and young people.

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