Maternal mental health-related hospitalisation (MHrH) in the first postnatal year and its effect on child outcomes in the Northern Territory of Australia: A retrospective cohort study

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

Project Details


Background: Maternal mental health-related conditions affect 13-20% of postpartum women globally. These conditions have short and long-lasting consequences on mothers and their children. Hospital admission rates are often used to gauge the occurrence of mental health-related conditions at the population level, and there is currently no data on how maternal MHrH in the first postnatal year impact child outcomes in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) and limited information specific to Australia’s First Nations population. This Ph.D.
project investigates the occurrence and the relationship between maternal MHrH in the first postnatal year and adverse child outcomes in the NT.
Methodology: This study will conduct a retrospective, population-based cohort analysis involving mothers and children, utilising a range of linked administrative datasets. International Classification of Disease-Tenth Edition-Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM) codes will measure maternal MHrH and adverse child health. Child maltreatment, child development, and education outcomes will be evaluated using individual-level linked administrative records, including child protection data, Australian Early Development Census domain scores, school
attendance data, and National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy scores, respectively. Statistical analyses will be performed using various relevant statistical methods, including generalised estimating equation logistic regression, generalised linear modelling, and mixed survival modelling.
Significance: The study aims to enhance the wellbeing of mothers, children, and society by increasing awareness, informing specific interventions, and indirectly lowering healthcare expenses. It will also provide valuable evidence to guide interventions, policies, and practices to enhance outcomes for families and children. It will also serve as an additional source of information for future researchers.
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