Victorian Births Defects Register (VBDR)
The Victorian Birth Defects Register (VBDR) collects information on all birth defects for live births, stillbirths and terminations of pregnancy occurring since January 1, 1982. The maintenance of this register is an ongoing function of the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC).
A birth defect is an abnormality in body structure or chemistry which was present at birth, although it may not have been noticed at birth.
Birth defects may be first recognised long after birth. The VBDR holds information on diagnoses made in a child up to 15 years of age.
Birth defects contribute significantly to perinatal, childhood mortality and paediatric hospital admissions. They are seen in approximately 4% of all births.