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Globally preterm birth accounts for over 9.5% of all births.  This means that over 13 million babies are born too soon every year.


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90% of Preemies survive

Thirty years ago less than 25% of the tiniest preemies were surviving, now almost 90% survive.  Learning about preterm birth can help increase awareness of the unique needs of preemies and their families.

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Incidence of Preterm Birth in Australia

Incidence of Preterm Birth in Australia

Incidence of Preterm Birth in Australia

General Incidence Rates

  • 23,953 babies were born preterm in 2007
  • 24,576 babies were born preterm in 2009
  • 25,113 babies were born preterm in 2011

Rates of preterm birth total

  • In 1992: 6.9% of live births was born preterm
  • In 2006: 8.1% of live births was born preterm
  • In 2007: 8.1% of live births was born preterm
  • In 2009: 8.2% of live births was born preterm
  • In 2011: 8.3% of live births was born preterm

Rates of preterm birth: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

  • In 2006: 13.7% of live births was born preterm
  • In 2007: 13.7% of live births was born preterm
  • In 2009: 13.1% of live births was born preterm
  • In 2011: 13.8% of live births was born preterm

Rates of low birth weight total

  • In 1992: 6.3% of live births was low birth weight
  • In 2006: 6.4% of live births was low birth weight
  • In 2007: 6.2% of live births was low birth weight
  • In 2009: 6.2% of live births was low birth weight
  • In 2011: 6.3% of live births was low birth weight

Rates of low birth weight: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

  • In 1992: 12.9% of live births was born low birth weight
  • In 2006: 12.4% of live births was born low birth weight
  • In 2007: 12.5% of live births was born low birth weight
  • In 2009: 12.0% of live births was born low birth weight
  • In 2011: 12.6% of live births was born low birth weight

Rates of preterm birth: Indigenous versus Non-Indigenous Australians in 2006

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander rate of preterm birth: 13.7%
  • Non-Indigenous rate of preterm birth: 5.1%
  • Rate of low birth weight in liveborn babies: 12.4%
  • Non-Indigenous: 6.2%

Average birth weight & Proportion of low birth weight of liveborn babies: Indigenous versus Non-Indigenous Australians in 2011

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander average birth weight: 3,187 grams
  • Non-Indigenous average birth weight: 3,375 grams
  • Rate of low birth weight in liveborn babies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: 12.6%
  • Non-Indigenous: 6.0%

Preterm births by gestational age and state and territory 2011

  • New South Wales: 7.5%
  • Victoria: 8.3% 
  • Queensland: 8.8% 
  • Western Australia: 8.6%
  • South Australia: 9.2%
  • Tasmania: 10.1%
  • Australian Capital Territory: 9.4%
  • Northern Territory: 11.1%
  • Australia total: 8.3%

 

(Lancaster, Huang, & Elvis, 1995) (Laws, Abeywardana, Walker, & Sullivan, 2007) (Laws & Sullivan, 2009) , Li Z, McNally L, Hilder L & Sullivan EA 2011. Australia’s mothers and babies 2009. Perinatal statistics series no. 25. Cat. no. PER 52. Sydney: AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit.
Li Z, Zeki R, Hilder L & Sullivan EA 2013. Australia’s mothers and babies 2011. Perinatal statistics series no. 28. Cat. no. PER 59. Canberra: AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit

 



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