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. 

Proposals for revisions to the VPDC for 1 July 2021 were released for comment on 1 October 2020, with feedback invited by 14 October 2020 using the proforma.

In November, an Addendum to the Proposal for revisions to the VPDC for 1 July 2021 was circulated for comments. Both Proposals documents and the feedback proforma are found below.

The final document containing the final specifications for revisions to the VPDC effective from 1.7.2021 was sent to hospitals, private homebirth midwives and software vendors supporting birthing information systems in December 2020. This document can be found here:

2021 VPDC Annual changes documents

Specifications for revisions to the VPDC from 1.7.2021.

For 2020, seven new fields were added to the VPDC, along with other changes, as set out in the Specifications for Revisions to the VPDC for 1.1.2020, found below.

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

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