Goal 1: Antenatal care—first trimester

This indicator reports on the age-standardised proportion of Indigenous women attending at least one antenatal visit in the first trimester of pregnancy. The goal for this indicator is 60% by 2023.

Why is it important?

Antenatal care relates to the health care provided by skilled birth attendants for reasons related to pregnancy. It provides opportunities to address health risks and support healthy behaviours throughout pregnancy and into the early years of childhood.

What data are available?

Data for this indicator were sourced from the National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC). Perinatal data are collected for each birth in each state and territory, most commonly by midwives.

What do the data show?

Progress towards the goal is on track, with rates from 2013 to 2016 similar to or above the trajectory points required to meet the goal. Based on age-standardised rates (excluding New South Wales), the proportion of Indigenous women attending antenatal care in the first trimester increased between 2010 to 2013, from 41% to 53%, remained stable in 2014 at 52% and then increased to almost 57% in 2015 and 60% in 2016.

In 2016, nationally:

  • 60% of Indigenous women who gave birth attended at least 1 antenatal visit in the first trimester
  • Indigenous women were less likely to receive antenatal care in the first trimester than non-Indigenous women—60% compared with 67%, based on age-standardised rates.