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If there was another screening done in the period of the age groupings used in this study, say two screenings in the period when the child was five to 10 years old, that is 60 to 119 months, then the data from the earliest screening were used as being representative of this period of the child's life. Thus the graphs represent cross-sectional data. The Aboriginal Health Program Team has, up until now, used the Harvard Standards as the anthropometric standards for comparison and evaluation of programs and interventions.

L I l l 0 24 48 72 96 120 144 168 Month of Age l In Figures 9, 10 and 11 the percentiles for the term normal/ the term wasted and the term stunted are compared. The suggestion has been that the children born stunted and reflecting longer term malnutrition in utero do not do as well as those wasted at birth. There were 1/054 births in the term normal group (A)/ but only 97 births in which birth length was available as well as birthweight and gestation enabling the division into wasted (H) and stunted (I).

ABORIGINAL BIRTHWEIGHT RELATED TO FUTURE GROWTH A N D R W Streatfield, K Streatfield, Miranda Korzy and IA Musgrave In this retrospective study of Aboriginal birth, growth and development, the determining effects of birthweight and percentiles on future growth are considered. This chapter describes and attempts to interpret how birth percentile is associated with the child's future growth percentiles. Several international studies have demonstrated the relationship between birthweight and future morbidity and mortality (Puffer and Serrano 1973; Saugstad 1981; Voorhoeve et a1 1984).

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