Evaluation of the care for sick babies has improved. This
improvement in evaluation is the result of cooperation between the
29 neonatal intensive care units participating in the Australian
and New Zealand Neonatal Network. In 1995 there were over 5,500
babies who needed the highest level of intensive care.
Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network 1995, the
second report in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's
National Perinatal Statistics Unit's Neonatal Network Series,
details an audit of the sickest babies in neonatal intensive care.
It was produced in collaboration with the Directors of the neonatal
intensive care units.
One of the Neonatal Network's coordinators, Professor David
Henderson-Smart, said that "now, for the first time, every neonatal
intensive care unit in Australia and New Zealand is cooperating to
provide ongoing evaluation and discussion of the care of our most
"In the era of evidence-based medicine, cooperative projects
such as this are leading the way to provide a solid basis for
evaluating the care of high risk infants" he said.
Just under 2 per cent of the more than 300,000 babies born in
Australia and New Zealand in 1995 required the highest level of
neonatal intensive care, and 90 per cent of this high-risk group
survived to go home.
Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network 1995 found that:
The report also details other aspects of the mother's pregnancy,
the birth, and the outcome for the baby. The information gathered
will help with the creation and implementation of national
guidelines of care.
26 June 1997
Further information: Professor David
Henderson-Smart, Centre for Perinatal Health Services Research,
University of Sydney, ph. 02 9351 7318, 02 9957 3572 (ah), 132 222
(pager number 2883) or 02 9351 7742 (fax).For media copies of the report (62pp.): AIHW
National Perinatal Statistics Unit, Edward Ford Building (A27),
University of Sydney 2006, ph. 02 9351 4378 or 02 9351 5204
(fax).Availability: Check the AIHW
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