Department of Health

Maternity and newborn care in Victoria

Key messages

  • Victoria’s network of services means that, for most women and families, maternity and newborn care is provided close to home. 
  • A tiered system with agreed levels of care for public maternity and newborn services means that women and families can have confidence in the consistency and quality of care they receive.
  • Capability frameworks support and guide how planned maternity and newborn care is provided.

Capability frameworks for maternity and newborn services

The Capability frameworks for Victorian maternity and newborn services (2019):

  • describe the requirements for providing safe and high-quality maternity and newborn care for Victorian public and private hospitals, including the required workforce, infrastructure, equipment and clinical support services
  • assist health services to make informed decisions about the resources, partnerships and protocols required to manage different complexities of care
  • enable a transparent approach to planning and service development at a local level, taking into account community need
  • support health service regions and the department to plan and manage the maternity and newborn service system.


Maternity and capability framework

Reviewed 05 October 2015


Contact details

Maternity and Newborn Program Department of Health & Human Services

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