NT Intervention hurt remote kid outcomes

The Northern Territory Intervention caused a significant short term drop in school attendance and birth weights for children in remote Aboriginal communities, new research shows.

Analysis reveals the federal government's income management scheme introduced during the 2007 NT Emergency Response made no noticeable improvements in the long run either.

The University of Sydney and Menzies School of Health Research study found school attendance dropped by an average four per cent in the first five months of the program's rollout.

Babies weighed on average more than 100 grams lighter than infants born in communities not yet affected by the policy, and we're at slightly higher risk of low birth weight.