The deaths of 446 children and young people were registered in 2013–14, representing a rate of 41.0 deaths per 100,000 population aged 0–17 years. Over the ten year period of data collection there has been a general reduction in the rates in the most recent years in comparison with the first half of the decade.
Report findings include:
· diseases and morbid conditions accounted for 76.9% of deaths (343 deaths), while deaths from external causes accounted for 73 deaths (16.4%)
· transport incidents were the leading external cause of child deaths overall with 31 deaths
· suicide was the second leading external cause of death overall with 23 deaths
· the number of drowning deaths for children aged under five years (3 deaths) was the lowest recorded since reporting began in 2004
· fatal assault and neglect accounted for the deaths of 4 children and young people, and
· the mortality rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children was around twice the mortality rate for non-Indigenous children.
The report, whilst prepared by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC), relates to research and activities conducted by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG) during the 2013–14 period.
The CCYPCG ceased operations on 30 June 2014 in line with recommendations made by the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry in its report Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection. The QFCC was established on 1 July 2014, and the child death register functions formerly held by the CCYPCG became the responsibility of the QFCC with its establishment.