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 140 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 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.

More than 140 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. 

For 2020, there are 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 for 2020 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

The VPDC manual effective from 1.1.2020 is accessible via the link below. 

To access the Specifications for revisions to the VPDC for 1.1.2020 and related documents, see 2020 VPDC Annual changes documents on this page.

For 2021, the Proposals for revisions document will be released on this website in late March 2020, with feedback welcomed by early April. 

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