- The Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) collects and analyses detailed information on obstetric conditions, procedures and outcomes relating to every birth in Victoria.
- Births reported to the VPDC cover more than 160 data items and contribute to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)'s national data collection.
- The VPDC is reviewed each year to ensure it continues to meet national reporting needs and support research to improve quality of care and outcomes.
The Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) is a population-based surveillance system that collects for analysis comprehensive information on the health of mothers and babies, to contribute to improvements in their health. The data collection fulfills part of the legislative requirements for the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM).
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 .
More than 160 data items are reported to the VPDC. These aim to comply with the National Perinatal Minimum Data Set as defined by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
Reporting and analysis
The VPDC contributes to the National Perinatal Data Collection managed by the AIHW. The AIHW produces the annual report Australia’s mothers and babies, using the National Perinatal Data Collection and other data.
The VPDC is updated each year to ensure it continues to capture relevant data that complies with AIHW requirements and meets contemporary information needs.
Implementation of changes moved from calendar year to financial year from 1 July 2021.
Proposals for changes to the VPDC for 1 July 2024 were invited from stakeholders in July 2023. Those submitted were reviewed by the CCOPMM which determined the proposals to be distributed for feedback from health services and software vendors in particular, and from stakeholders within Safer Care Victoria and the Department.
Your feedback on proposal/s is invited and should be submitted on the template below and emailed to the HDSS Helpdesk no later than 5pm Friday 20 October 2023.
Final acceptance of any proposal is dependent on endorsement by the CCOPMM.
Reviewed 01 October 2023