Interventions to halt child abuse in Aboriginal communities

Fiona J Stanley, Dorothy A Scott and Melissa O’Donnell
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01361.x
Published online: 15 October 2007

To the Editor: The recent editorial by Ring and Wenitong1 about interventions to prevent child abuse in the Northern Territory highlights the importance of treating the causes as well as the symptoms. This is true not only for children in remote Aboriginal communities, but for all children across Australia.

  • 1 Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.


  • 1. Ring IT, Wenitong M. Interventions to halt child abuse in Aboriginal communities [editorial]. Med J Aust 2007; 187: 204-205. Epub ahead of print 1 Aug 2007. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Bialestock D. Neglected babies: a study of 289 babies admitted consecutively to a reception centre. Med J Aust 1966; 2: 1129-1133.
  • 3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Child Protection Australia 2005–06. Canberra: AIHW, 2007.
  • 4. Rubin, D, O’Reilly, A, Luan, X, Localio, A. The impact of placement stability on behavioural well-being for children in foster care. Pediatrics 2007; 119: 336-344.
  • 5. Heckman, J. Skill formation and the economics of investing in disadvantaged children. Science 2006; 312: 1900-1902.


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