Table 1

Classification of remoteness for mother’s usual place of residence
DHF Health District Darwin Urbana Darwin Rural Katherine East Arnhem Barkly Alice Springs Urban Alice Springs Rural
Area[19] 3,122 km2 123,053 km2 344,957 km2 40,376 km2 294,640 km2 349 km2 545,707 km2
Estimated Resident Population (2004)[20]
Indigenous 10,682 (9.9%) 10,097 (73.0%) 9,084 (49.2%) 8,813 (63.1%) 3,284 (59.5%) 5,182 (19.0%) 9,744 (77.5%)
Non-Indigenous 97,637 (90.1%) 3,728 (27.0%) 9,390 (50.0%) 5,153 (36.9%) 2,239 (40.5%) 22,050 (81.0%) 2,830 (22.5%)
Total 108,319 (100%) 13,825 (100%) 18,474 (100%) 13,966 (100%) 5,523 (100%) 27,232 (100%) 12,574 (100%)
Health service outlets[19] 4 16 22 13 8 2 32
Birthing facilities available[21] Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Darwin Private Hospital (DPH) Women go to RDH for birth Katherine District Hospital (KDH) Gove District Hospital (GDH) Tennant Creek Hospital (TCH) Alice Springs Hospital (ASH) Women go to ASH for birth
Total number of births per region for 2003-2005
Indigenous 636 (12.1%) 749 (81.9%) 656 (58.7%) 690 (74.6%) 264 (74.8%) 351 (26.9%) 600 (90.6%)
Non-Indigenous 4,614 (87.9%) 165 (18.1%) 461 (41.3%) 235 (25.4%) 89 (25.2%) 955 (73.1%) 62 (9.4%)
Total 5,250 (100%) 914 (100%) 1,117 (100%) 925 (100%) 353 (100%) 1,306 (100%) 662 (100%)
Region TE TE TE TE CA CA CA
Remote/Urbanstatus used in this study[21] Urban Remote Katherine town – Urban Remainder of cases - Remote Nhulunbuy town – Urban Remainder of cases - Remote Tennant Creek town - Urban Remainder of cases -Remote Urban Remote
Comments RDH serves as a referral centre for the TE, Western Australia and South-East Asia. DPH started operations in 1987. Quality of reporting births to the NTMC stabilised after 1989. Maternity services were discontinued during 2005 with subsequent births occurring at ASH. Some ASH cases are referred to Adelaide, South Australia (1,500 km to the south of Alice Springs, Darwin is 1,500 km north of the town.)

a Includes the capital city, Darwin.

Steenkamp et al.

Steenkamp et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2012 12:44   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-12-44

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