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 100 data items and contribute to the National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit's annual report on Australia's mothers and babies.
  • The data collection is reviewed each year to ensure it meets national reporting needs and supports research to improve quality of care and outcomes

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.

Birth data reported to the VPDC cover more than 100 data items, which comply 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. 

The specification for revisions to the VPDC for 1.1.2020 has been released and can be accessed below.

For 2020, there will be seven new fields in the VPDC collection:

  • Blood loss assessment – indicator
  • Cord complications
  • Diabetes mellitus during pregnancy – type
  • Diabetes mellitus – gestational – diagnosis timing
  • Diabetes mellitus – pre-existing – diagnosis timing
  • Diabetes mellitus therapy during pregnancy
  • Main reason for excessive blood loss following childbirth

Other changes include revisions to:

  • Blood loss (ml)
  • Indication for induction (main reason) – ICD-10-AM code
  • Indications for induction (other) – free text
  • Time of onset of labour
  • Move to 11th edition ICD-10-AM/ACHI codes for nine coded fields
  • Transaction Type flag

In 2019 six new fields were added:

  • Maternal alcohol use at less than 20 weeks
  • Maternal alcohol volume intake 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

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