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. 
  • Three 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 2015-16 three new fields were added to the VPDC collection:

  • total number of antenatal care visits
  • pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination status during pregnancy
  • influenza vaccination status during pregnancy.

There were also minor modifications to some definitions, code sets and business rules.

In 2017 four new fields were added to the VPDC collection:

  • Migrant status
  • Head circumference (baby)
  • Episode Identifier
  • Fetal monitoring prior to birth – not in labour

There were additional codes and amendments made to

  • Labour induction/augmentation agent code
  • Hepatitis B vaccine received’ codeset
  • Birth Status’ codeset
  • Version identifier’ codeset

Removal of

  • Labour type and Labour induction/augmentation agent’ validation rule

In 2018 four new fields were added to the VPDC collection:

  • Congenital anomalies
  • Congenital anomalies - ICD-10-AM
  • Reason for transfer out - baby
  • Reason for transfer out - mother

There were additional codes and amendments made to

  • Gestational age at first antenatal visit
  • Procedure - ACHI code
  • Separation date - baby
  • Separation date - mother
  • Separation status - baby
  • Separation status - mother
  • Transfer destination - baby
  • Transfer destination - mother
  • Version identifier

Removal of

  • Congenital anomalies – free text
  • First given name – paediatrician
  • Surname / family name – paediatrician
  • Number of ultrasounds 10-14 weeks
  • Number of ultrasounds 15-26 weeks
  • Number of ultrasounds at or after 27 weeks

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.

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