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Table 1 Key characteristics by age and geographic location in Indigenous children aged 6–59 months

From: Anemia in disadvantaged children aged under five years; quality of care in primary practice

  Total Age (months) Geographic location
6–11 12–23 24–59 Remote Rural Urban
Total 2287 430 (18.8%) 532 (23.3%) 1325 (57.9%) 1861 (81.4%) 346 (15.1%) 80 (3.5%)
Health Service Characteristics
 Governance
  Aboriginal community controlled health service 528 (23.1%) 88 (20.5%) 118 (22.2%) 322 (24.3%) 293 (15.7%) 208 (60.1%) 27 (33.8%)
  Government health service 1759 (76.9%) 342 (79.5%) 414 (77.8%) 1003 (75.7%) 1568 (84.3%) 138 (39.9%) 53 (66.3%)
 Health service provider who first saw the child
  Indigenous health worker 318 (13.9%) 49 (11.4%) 67 (12.6%) 202 (15.2%) 205 (11%) 91 (26.3%) 22 (27.5%)
  Nurse 1584 (69.3%) 321 (74.7%) 381 (71.6%) 882 (66.6%) 1385 (74.4%) 159 (46%) 40 (50%)
  GP 259 (11.3%) 50 (11.6%) 60 (11.3%) 149 (11.3%) 157 (8.4%) 85 (24.6%) 17 (21.3%)
  Other 109 (4.8%) 8 (1.9%) 20 (3.8%) 81 (6.1%) 98 (5.3%) 10 (2.9%) 1 (1.3%)
  Missing 17 (0.7%) 2 (0.5%) 4 (0.8%) 11 (0.8%) 16 (0.9%) 1 (0.3%) 0 (0%)
 Year of data collection
  2012 448 (19.6%) 87 (20.2%) 107 (20.1%) 254 (19.2%) 284 (15.3%) 144 (41.6%) 20 (25%)
  2013 1251 (54.7%) 230 (53.5%) 276 (51.9%) 745 (56.2%) 1095 (58.8%) 156 (45.1%) 0 (0%)
  2014 588 (25.7%) 113 (26.3%) 149 (28%) 326 (24.6%) 482 (25.9%) 46 (13.3%) 60 (75%)
 Population size
   ≤ 500 816 (35.7%) 105 (24.4%) 196 (36.8%) 515 (38.9%) 802 (43.1%) 14 (4.0%) 0 (0%)
  501–999 458 (20%) 73 (17%) 101 (19%) 284 (21.4%) 410 (22%) 39 (11.3%) 9 (11.3%)
   ≥ 1000 1013 (44.3%) 252 (58.6%) 235 (44.2%) 526 (39.7%) 649 (34.9%) 293 (84.7%) 71 (88.8%)
Child characteristics
 Sex of child
  Male 1156 (50.5%) 217 (50.7%) 272 (51.1%) 667 (50.3%) 941 (50.6%) 175 (50.6%) 40 (50%)
  Female 1131 (49.5%) 213 (49.5%) 260 (48.9%) 658 (49.7%) 920 (49.4%) 171 (49.4%) 40 (50%)
 Type of child health check completed in the last 12 months
  MBS 715 928 (40.6%) 175 (40.7%) 229 (43%) 524 (39.6%) 928 (40.6%) 781 (42%) 117 (33.8%)
  Other child health check 587 (25.7%) 120 (27.9%) 147 (27.6%) 320 (24.2%) 587 (25.7%) 462 (24.8%) 111 (32.1%)
  Not known / not recorded 772 (33.8%) 135 (31.4%) 156 (29.3%) 481 (36.3%) 772 (33.8%) 618 (33.2%) 118 (34.1%)
 Reason for last clinic attendance
  Acute care 1145 (50.1%) 210 (48.8%) 271 (50.9%) 664 (50.1%) 1145 (50.1%) 945 (50.8%) 163 (47.1%)
  Immunisation 324 (14.2%) 80 (18.6%) 87 (16.4%) 157 (11.8%) 324 (14.2%) 233 (12.5%) 73 (21.1%)
  Child health check 515 (22.52%) 93 (21.63%) 112 (21.05%) 310 (23.4%) 515 (22.52%) 418 (22.46%) 80 (23.12%)
  Other 303 (13.2%) 47 (10.9%) 62 (11.7%) 194 (14.6%) 303 (13.2%) 265 (14.2%) 30 (8.7%)
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