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Improving the developmental outcomes of Northern Territory children

Exploring key issues for children in the NT: Early childhood development, school learning, school attendance, literacy and numeracy, the child protection system, and the juvenile justice system.

Photo courtesy of Menzies School of Health Research - left to right: Bobbie-Sheena Wilson, Justin Redford, Noeline Galarla

Photo courtesy of Menzies School of Health Research - left to right: Bobbie-Sheena Wilson, Justin Redford, Noeline Galarla

Professor Richard Midford

Chief Investigator: Professor Richard Midford

Duration: 2014 - 2019

Partners: National Health and Medical Research Council, Northern Territory Government, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

Improving the developmental outcomes of Northern Territory children: A data linkage study to inform policy and practice in health, family services and education

Linking health, child protection, education and juvenile justice datasets from over 60,000 children born in the Northern Territory from 1994 to 2011, this project investigates why Territory children suffer disadvantage. The project explores key issues for children in the Northern Territory: early childhood development and readiness for school learning, school attendance, literacy and numeracy, the child protection system, and the juvenile justice system.

Federal funding of $900,000 and NT Government funding of $509,000 has been awarded over three years for this data linkage project to be run in partnership with the NT Government and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT).

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