- 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:
- 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.
For further information download the framework documents below:
Maternity and newborn capability levels
Services operate in a networked system across 6 levels of care:
- Levels 1-3: Local care for healthy women and babies at low risk
- Level 4: Local care for women and babes with some risk requiring additional care
- Level 5-6: Local care for all women and babies. Regional/statewide care for women and babies at high risk
The capability levels for 2022-23 to 2023-24 can be found below:
Reviewed 05 December 2022