2007 Baume Travel Grant

Simon Graham presented a poster looking at Indigenous perinatal outcomes at birth in Taiwan

A strength of our study is the finding that the reproductive and risk profile of Indigenous women and their babies does vary by place of residence.

I recieved the Peter Baume Travel Grant in 2007 to attend the Training Program in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network conference in Taipei, Taiwan.

I submited an abstract which examined if an Aboriginal pregnant women's geographical location (urban, regional or remote) affected her baby's perinatal outcomes at birth. This abstract was accepted as a poster and highlighted that baby's born to mothers residing in remote areas had poorer overall perinatal outcomes than babies born to mothers who resided in urban or regional areas.

The travel helped fund my flight, accomodation and registeration for the conference.


Simon Graham went on to publish a paper based on the poster at this conference, titled The urban-remote divide for Indigenous perinatal outcomes and published in Maternal and Child Health. The objective of the paper was 'to determine whether remoteness category of residence of Indigenous women affects the perinatal outcomes of their newborn infants'.

Using the 2001-2004 National Perinatal Data Collection Data, the authors found that babies born to Indigenous mothers in more remote areas were particularly disadvantaged, with the highest odds of a low birthweight and of recording an Apgar score < 7 at 5 minutes.

These findings demonstrated the continuing need for urgent and concerted action to address the persistent perinatal inequity in the Indigenous population.

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