Despite the burgeoning rise in Victoria’s population and consequent increases in the number of births, the outcomes for mothers and babies continues to improve. The perinatal mortality rate in 2014 and 2015 was amongst the lowest yet for the state, and amongst the lowest in the developed world. This is a tribute to the quality of care provided to mothers and children by Victoria’s health; care providers.
Another major contributor to maternal, perinatal and child and adolescent outcomes is vulnerability: the increased risk that comes from factors that include socioeconomic deprivation, social isolation and suboptimal education opportunities. Recognition of these factors, alongside activating appropriate responses that can maximise positive interaction with the health services and minimise clinical risk, are key to addressing them and reducing their impact.