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Posted on 04 Feb 2019
Maternity and newborn

Maternity and neonatal clinicians can now access a suite of statewide clinical guidance from Safer Care Victoria.

While previously you will have accessed the Maternity and Neonatal eHandbooks from the Department of Health and Human Services, they have now moved to bettersafercare.vic.gov.au.

Although the location has changed the content remains the same. Our eHandbooks continue to provide clinical guidance for the care of women and their babies, from early pregnancy, through to six weeks postpartum.

Bookmark the new locations for quick and easy access

Read the Neonatal eHandbook

Read the Maternity eHandbook

Our pathways of care quickly acquaint you with clinical scenarios and offer consistent and practical advice regarding assessment, management and escalation. Our guidance should be used in conjunction with your local guidance, policies, resources and expertise.

Originally developed in 2004, the Neonatal eHandbook is managed by the Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network and has more than 90 topics. The Maternity eHandbook was first developed in 2016, with support from the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, and currently has 13 topics.

Development of content for both eHandbooks is a collaborative effort from a range of subject matter experts, including nurses, midwives, consumers, obstetricians, neonatologists, and educators from all service levels in metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria. They volunteer their time to prioritise topics, review evidence, develop content, resolve queries from the sector, and ensure content and resources are up to date.

The eHandbooks wouldn’t be possible without contributions and support from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Victorian Perinatal Autopsy Service, the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) and the Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence (CRE).

Page last updated: 04 Feb 2019