Diabetes in pregnancy and its impact on Aboriginal babies in Western Australia

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Abstract

The thesis investigated the impact of diabetes in pregnancy (DIP) on the births and neonatal outcomes of Australian Aboriginal babies, using epidemiological methods applied to two decades of population-wide data. The results highlight that gestational diabetes in Aboriginal mothers was largely attributed to overweight/obesity. Further, DIP substantially contributed to increasing trends in large-for-gestational-age and heightened the risk of excessive fetal growth, shoulder dystocia and congenital anomalies to a greater extent in Aboriginal than non-Aboriginal populations. The findings underscore the urgent need for Aboriginal-led initiatives that improve care, education and glycaemic control in Aboriginal women.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Farrant, Brad, Supervisor
  • Pereira, Gavin, Supervisor
  • White, Scott, Supervisor
  • Bailey, Helen, Supervisor
  • Shepherd, Carrington, Supervisor
  • Fisher, Colleen, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date27 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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