Key messages

  • The Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) collects and analyses detailed information on obstetric conditions, procedures and outcomes relating to every birth in Victoria.
  • Birth reports to the VPDC cover more than 150 data items and contribute to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)'s national data collection.
  • The VPDC is reviewed each year to ensure it continues to meet national reporting needs and support research to improve quality of care and outcomes.
     

The Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) is a population-based surveillance system that collects for analysis comprehensive information on the health of mothers and babies, in order to contribute to improvements in their health.

The VPDC contains information on obstetric conditions, procedures and outcomes, neonatal morbidity and congenital anomalies relating to every birth in Victoria. The definition of a birth for this purpose is any birth or stillbirth that is required to be registered under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996.

More than 150 data items are reported to the VPDC. These comply with the National Perinatal Minimum Data Set as defined by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 

Reporting and analysis

The VPDC contributes to the National Perinatal Data Collection managed by the AIHW. The AIHW produces the annual report Australia’s mothers and babies, using the National Perinatal Data Collection and other data.

Annual review

The VPDC is updated each year to ensure it continues to capture relevant data that complies with AIHW requirements and meets contemporary information needs. 

Implementation of changes moved from calendar year to financial year from 1 July 2021.

Proposals for changes to the VPDC from 1 July 2022 can be submitted to the HDSS HelpDesk between 19 July 2021 and 8 August 2021, using the approved template. Questions about the annual changes process can be emailed to the HDSS HelpDesk.

The VPDC changes from 1 July 2021 are set out in two documents: Specifications for revisions to the VPDC for 1 July 2021 and Specifications for revisions to the VPDC for 1 July 2021 - Addendum, both below, along with the VPDC manual v9.0, applicable from 1 July 2021.

Documents for VPDC changes for 2020 and prior years are accessible via the link to the VPDC Archive, below.  

VPDC manual 2021-22 

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