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The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) reviews all cases of maternal, perinatal and paediatric mortality and severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM).

Analysing all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and child deaths

The Council considers, investigates and reports on obstetric and paediatric mortality and morbidity, as well as related matters referred by the Minister for Health or the Department of Health and Human Services.

It collects health and personal information so that it can conduct study, research and analysis into the incidence and causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths, and the deaths of children under 18 in Victoria.

Monitoring perinatal health trends 

The Council manages the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection, a population-based surveillance system that collects and analyses information on the health of mothers and babies.

Helping health services and practitioners improve 

The Council makes recommendations to help health services and medical practitioners improve clinical practice and systems of care, using its annual report to detail the council’s research and activities.

It also directly advises the Minister for Health and Safer Care Victoria on strategies to improve clinical performance and avoid preventable deaths.

    Meet the members of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity.
    The council produces a number of reports for the health sector on obstetric and paediatric mortality and morbidity.
    How to report a perinatal, paediatric or maternal death or severe acute maternal morbidity
    How to notify and submit data to the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC)
    VCAR collects information on all congenital anomalies for live births, stillbirths and terminations of pregnancy
    Read more about how to access a fully funded service for investigating perinatal death when the cause is unclear

    Page last updated: 10 Apr 2018