1.21 Perinatal mortality

This measure reports on perinatal mortality for Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

The perinatal death rate includes fetal deaths (stillbirths) and deaths of live born babies within the first 28 days after birth. Perinatal mortality reflects the health status and health care of the general population, access to and quality of preconception, reproductive, antenatal and obstetric services for women, and health care in the neonatal period. Broader social factors such as maternal education, nutrition, smoking, alcohol use in pregnancy and socioeconomic disadvantage are also significant (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures:

Data sources

  • National Mortality Database


  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.