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The Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC) is a population-based surveillance system that collects and analyses comprehensive information on the health of mothers and babies, in order to contribute to improvements in their health.

The VPDC contains information on obstetric conditions, procedures and outcomes, neonatal morbidity and congenital anomalies relating to every birth in Victoria.

What to notify

Any birth or stillbirth that occurs in Victoria must be reported to the VPDC under section 48 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

This includes every birth of at least 20 weeks gestation or 400 grams birth weight (if gestation is unknown).

Notification of each baby is the responsibility of the health service. Health services must report the information as set out in the CCOPMM birth report. The information required is listed in the VPDC manual, available below. 

Birth data must be submitted within 30 days following discharge.

Submitting data to the VPDC

When a birth does not occur in a health service, the midwife or the medical practitioner in attendance at the birth is responsible for notifying the VPDC.

Step 1: Complete the request form to access the secure health collect portal

Step 2: Submit information on births to the VPDC through HealthCollect

Birth reports to the VPDC cover more than 150 data items and contribute to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's annual report on Australia’s mothers and babies.

Recent changes to the VPDC

For 2019 six new fields were added to the VPDC collection:

  • Maternal alcohol use at less than 20 weeks
  • Maternal alcohol volume at less than 20 weeks
  • Maternal alcohol use at 20 weeks or more
  • Maternal alcohol volume intake at 20 weeks or more
  • Antenatal corticosteroid exposure
  • Chorionicity of multiples

There were amendments made to Episode identifier.

For more information download the 2018 VPDC manual and the 2019 annual changes documents below.

Get in touch

Victorian Perinatal Data Collection
Safer Care Victoria

GPO Box 4003

Melbourne, Victoria 8060

Page last updated: 20 Nov 2018

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