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Increased iodine deficiency in Victoria, Australia: analysis of neonatal thyroid-stimulating hormone data, 2001 to 2006

Ashequr Rahman, Gayle S Savige, Nicholas J Deacon, Ivan Francis and Janice E Chesters
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (4): 209-210.
Published online: 21 February 2011

In reply: The methods used for blood sample collection and analysis remained unchanged during our data collection period. One source of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) calibrators and reagents was used over the study period by a single laboratory covering all of Victoria. Material from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was used for external quality assurance, ensuring that the results were in agreement with those of other laboratories. The per cent coefficient of variation over the period ranged from 10% to 20%.

  • Ashequr Rahman1
  • Gayle S Savige1
  • Nicholas J Deacon2
  • Ivan Francis3
  • Janice E Chesters1

  • 1 Monash University Department of Rural and Indigenous Health, Moe, VIC.
  • 2 School of Applied Science and Engineering, Monash University Gippsland Campus, Churchill, VIC.
  • 3 Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Melbourne, VIC.


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