Department of Health

Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) manual 2023-24

Section 1 Introduction

Overview of the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) and its function, the uses of data collected, contact details, useful references and publications, and a list of acronyms used in this manual.

Section 2 Concept and derived item definitions

Definitions of concepts and derived items that contribute to the VPDC.

Section 3 Data definitions

Specifications of data items collected in the VPDC. The data elements are arranged in alphabetical order.

For hospitals with an electronic system, this manual describes the data elements, field lengths, formats and applicable code sets, as they are required to be submitted to the VPDC. Hospital information systems can record data using these, or other, format and/or code sets, but data extracts for submission to the VPDC must be formatted as specified in this section.

Section 4 Business rules

Business rules that apply to reporting VPDC data. Tabular business rules provide a quick reference to validations involving two or more data items.

Section 5 Compilation and submission

Specifications for compiling a VPDC submission, including summary statistics and technical specifications.

Guidance is also provided for hospitals submitting data extracts via the managed file transfer (MFT).

Section 5a Web form and HealthCollect

Section 5a provides guidance for health care providers that do not have information systems with the capacity to report data to the VPDC and which therefore enter and submit data using the Perinatal webform accessible in the HealthCollect portal.

Reviewed 29 August 2023


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