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Monitoring the ‘Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture Program’: The first eight years


Dr E Tursan d’Espaignet, Senior Epidemiologist, Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, PO Box 855 West Perth, WA 6872, Australia. Fax: +61 8 9489 7700; email:


Objective:  To assess improvements in perinatal health following the introduction of the Strong Women, Strong Babies, Strong Culture (SWSBSC) Program in two groups of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Methods:  A comparison of pre and post birthweights in intervention and control communities in rural and remote regions in the Top End of the Northern Territory was performed.

Results:  Significant improvements in birthweight were observed for Group 1 communities with no significant change in Group 2.

Conclusion:  There is a need to better understand how the intervention differed in the two groups of communities.