Key messages

  • The Victorian Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network (VMNCN) aims to reduce unnecessary variation in perinatal and newborn care.
  • The VMNCN provides clinical advice to maternity and newborn services and improves outcomes for women and their families.
  • The network promotes information sharing, networking and partnerships between maternity and newborn services.

The Victorian Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network (VMNCN) promotes collaboration between maternity and newborn care providers and helps services to identify local strategies when implementing statewide clinical practice guidelines.

Governance

The VMNCN is guided by an experienced leadership group comprising senior clinicians, consumers and stakeholders from a diverse range of maternity and newborn care providers. The leadership group meets bimonthly.

The VMNCN neonatal subcommittee is represented by senior clinicians from Victorian neonatal services. The subcommittee reports annually to the VMNCN leadership group.

The VMNCN management team comprises the program manager, an obstetric lead, a neonatal adviser and two senior project officers.

Aims

The overall aims of the VMNCN are to:

  • improve perinatal and newborn care by using evidence-based practice to decrease variation in clinical care
  • promote collaboration, networking and partnerships between maternity and newborn service providers
  • help maternity and newborn service providers to implement practice change and improve outcomes for women and their newborns.

Activities and clinical guidance

The VMNCN convenes regional workshops, meetings, statewide webinars and one major conference per year. The VMNCN oversees:

  • the Neonatal eHandbook - an internationally recognised best practice resource for neonatal services in Victoria
  • the Maternity eHandbook - a newly launched best-practice resource for maternity services in Victoria.

Newsletters

The VMNCN publishes a regular newsletter to communicate new research, information and resources. Contributions from the sector are welcome.

The MNCN newsletter is published bimonthly. If you would like to submit content for an upcoming newsletter, please contact the Victorian Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network.

VMNCN June 2016 Newsletter 

VMNCN August 2016 Newsletter

VMNCN November 2016 Newsletter

VMNCN February 2017 Newsletter

VMNCN Winter 2017 Newsletter

VMNCN Spring 2017 Newsletter 

Standardised forms

Eastern Health maternity observation chart

Intrapartum fetal surveillance 2015

Mercy Hospital for Women maternity observation chart

The 2013 Ritchie Centre literature review and recommendations for safe infant sleeping

The Ritchie Centre recommendations for safe infant sleeping 2013

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