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The Victorian congenital anomalies register (VCAR) collects information on all congenital anomalies for live births, stillbirths and terminations of pregnancy.

What to report

All congenital anomalies must be notified to VCAR.

A congenital anomaly, more commonly called a ‘birth defect’, is an anomaly in body structure or chemistry that is present at birth. They can range from very minor to major conditions.

Although most congenital anomalies are detected during pregnancy, at birth or in early infancy, some may not be recognised until long after birth. 

Congenital anomalies contribute significantly to perinatal and childhood mortality and morbidity and can result in paediatric hospital admissions.

Who should report

Hospitals report congenital anomalies through the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection. In addition, congenital anomalies should be reported by maternal and child health nurses, cytogenetic laboratories, death certificate notifications, autopsy reports from forensic pathology and private paediatricians.

How to report 

Complete the Victorian birth defects notification form.

Get in touch

Consultative Councils
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 04 Jul 2018

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