South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


26. Early childhood – birth weight:

Reduce the proportion of low birth weight babies and halve the proportion of Aboriginal low birth weight babies by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Whole of population progress has remained relatively stable from the 2003 baseline.

The proportion of low birth weight babies born to Aboriginal mothers tends to fluctuate from year to year due to the relatively small numbers.  The 2016 provisional data maintains the downward trend from the 2003 baseline.

SA Health through the Women’s and Children’s Health Network and Country Health SA Local Health Network delivers the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program (AFBP).

The AFBP provides culturally appropriate, holistic, maternal health care to high risk socially disadvantaged Aboriginal women.  Increased engagement between Aboriginal maternal infant care workers, midwives, general practitioners and obstetricians in the care of Aboriginal women aims to:

  • engage families early in pregnancy (target first trimester)
  • increase access to antenatal services (averaging over 7 antenatal visits)
  • reduce smoking rates during pregnancy with view to quitting
  • reduce drug and alcohol use in pregnancy
  • increase breastfeeding rates
  • reduce incidence of low birth weight babies
  • coordinate support and navigation of support services to address social and medical needs.

Lead Agency

SA Health

Disaggregated data