Key messages

  • The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) provides access to data for approved research purposes, although it will withhold any information that identifies a specific patient, practitioner or institution.
  • Requests for data or information must be submitted through an online request form, which will be forwarded to the council’s representative for approval.
  • Any project involving extensive perinatal data provision must comply with guidelines published by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) provides access to de-identified data for approved statistical and research purposes.

Although CCOPMM provides access to data for research, under regulation 10 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009, it cannot release any information that identifies a patient, practitioner or institution without the appropriate consents being obtained.

Submitting a request for CCOPMM data

Requests for data or information from the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) must be submitted through an online data and research request form.

Requests for information generally follow the following steps.

  • A request for information is received via the online request form.
  • A copy of the request is forwarded to the CCOPMM for approval.
  • The CCOPMM considers whether the information can be provided without identifying individual mothers, babies, practitioners or hospitals.
  • Once approval is granted, the requested data is extracted and sent to the applicant.
  • Requests usually take between four and six weeks to process.

Any project involving extensive perinatal data provision must comply with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s National statement on ethical conduct in human research (2007), which requires approval from a formally constituted Human Research Ethics Committee.

Related resources

The National statement on ethical conduct in human research, jointly developed by the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia, provides guidelines on ethical conduct and considerations in relation to all human research.

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