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.
  • Six new fields have recently been added to the VPDC.
  • Birth reports to the VPDC cover more than 100 data items and contribute to the National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit's annual report on Australia's mothers and babies.

The Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) is a population-based surveillance system that collects and analyses 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.

In 2019 six new fields were added to the VPDC collection:

  • Maternal alcohol use at less than 20 weeks
  • Maternal alcohol volume at less than 20 weeks
  • Maternal alcohol use at 20 weeks or more
  • Maternal alcohol volume intake at 20 weeks or more
  • Antenatal corticosteroid exposure
  • Chorionicity of multiples

There were amendments made to

  • Episode identifier

Birth reports to the VPDC cover more than 100 data items, which complies with the National Perinatal Minimum Data Set and are sent to the National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit for the production of its annual report on Australia’s mothers and babies.

2020 VPDC Annual changes documents

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