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Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC)
- The Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) is established by the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 under the functions of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM).
- established as a population based surveillance system to collect and analyse information on and in relation to the health of mothers and babies in order to contribute to improvements in their health.
- Perinatal period is the period around birth. In Victoria this begins at 20 weeks gestation and ends 28 days after birth.
- data collected via a birth report contains information on obstetric conditions, procedures and outcomes, neonatal morbidity and birth defects relating to every birth in Victoria of at least 20 weeks gestation, or if gestation is unknown at least 400gms birth weight.
- majority of data items, of which there are over 100, comply with the National Perinatal Minimum Data Set and are sent to the National Perinatal Statistics Unit for the production of the annual report on Australia's mothers and babies.