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Perinatal deaths in Australia 1993–2012 

This report presents an analysis of the statistics for stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia for the calendar years 2011 and 2012, as well as selected trend information for 1993–2012. The aim of this report is to gain a better understanding of the characteristics and causes of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia at a population level and identify changes in perinatal mortality over time. This report is one of several components of the National Maternity Data Development Project.

Maternal deaths in Australia 2012–2014 

The maternal mortality rate in Australia in 2012–2014 was 6.8 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth, which is among the lowest rates in the world. The most common causes of maternal death were bleeding in the brain and in the abdomen (non-obstetric haemorrhage). Women over the age of 35 and under 20 were more likely to die in association with childbirth.

Perinatal dynamic data displays 

These dynamic data displays provide an overview of mothers and babies, maternal demographics, the antenatal period, labour and birth, and baby outcomes. Data from the AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection are currently presented for the years 2010–2015.

National Core Maternity Indicators stage 3 and 4 results from 2010–2013 

National Core Maternity Indicators (NCMIs) are designed to assist in improving the quality of maternity services in Australia by establishing baseline data for monitoring and evaluating practice change. This report and the data portal covers the period from 2004 to 2013, and includes data for the vast majority of women who gave birth in Australia over that period. The 10 measures previously reported have been updated with 2010–2013 perinatal data, while 2 new measures are reported for the first time. Data are presented by jurisdiction, by Primary Health Network, and at the national level by hospital annual number of births, hospital sector, and mother’s Indigenous status. Some indicators are presented by remoteness.

Peripartum hysterectomy in Australia: a working paper using the National Hospital Morbidity Database 2003–04 to 2013–14 

Peripartum hysterectomy, a life-saving procedure to stop haemorrhage after giving birth, can have considerable consequences for mothers and their babies. This working paper analyses 11 years of national hospitalisation data to derive the estimated rate of peripartum hysterectomy in Australia in recent years and examine the rates of diagnoses for particular conditions contributing to peripartum hysterectomy. This is part of the National Maternity Data Development Project’s work to develop national data standards for maternal morbidity data items.

Monitoring the health impacts of mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification 2016 

This report assesses the health effects of mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification, introduced to help reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects and address the re emergence of iodine deficiency in the population. Mandatory fortification resulted in increased levels of folic acid and iodine in the food supply, increased folic acid and iodine intakes, a decreased rate of neural tube defects in Australia, and improved iodine status in the general populations in Australia and New Zealand.

Folic acid & iodine fortification 

Mandatory folic acid and iodine fortification of bread resulted in increased levels of folic acid and iodine in the food supply, increased folic acid and iodine intakes, a decreased rate of neural tube defects in Australia, and improved iodine status in the general populations in Australia and New Zealand.

Enhancing maternity data collection and reporting in Australia: National Maternity Data Development Project Stage 2 

This report presents findings of Stage 2 of the National Maternity Data Development Project, which was established in response to the National Maternity Services Plan. The aim of the Project is to build a more comprehensive and consistent national data collection for maternal and perinatal health. Stage 2 has seen substantial progress in: data development for clinical data items and maternity models of care; maternal and perinatal mortality reporting; and online dissemination of perinatal data.

Maternity Care Classification System: Maternity Model of Care Data Set Specification national pilot report November 2014 

The Maternity Care Classification System, or MaCCS, was developed as part of the National Maternity Data Development Project to provide a comprehensive classification system for maternity models of care operating in Australia. This report describes a pilot test that was conducted as part of the data development work on an important element of the MaCCS: the Maternity Model of Care Data Set Specification. Included in the report is a background description of the work, methodology, logistics and the results of the pilot.

Screening for domestic violence during pregnancy: options for future reporting in the National Perinatal Data Collection 

This report discusses barriers to, and opportunities for the collection of data on screening for domestic violence during pregnancy. It proposes options for data collection through the National Perinatal Data Collection, which includes data about every woman who gives birth in Australia. The work is part of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Maternity Data Development Project.

Maternal deaths in Australia 2008–2012 

Maternal deaths in Australia 2008–2012 is the 16th report on women who die in association with pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal death review is one of the oldest known forms of clinical care quality assurance. Maternal death in Australia is a rare event in the context of worldwide maternal deaths. In 2008–2012, there were 105 maternal deaths in Australia that occurred within 42 days of the end of pregnancy, representing a maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 7.1 deaths per 100,000 women who gave birth. All such deaths should be seen as devastating for the woman’s family and community, and should be carefully examined for possible lessons learned that may prevent future similar events.

Australia's mothers and babies 2012 

In 2012, 307,474 women gave birth to 312,153 babies in Australia. This was an increase of 10,343 births (3.4%) from that reported in 2011, and a total increase of 21.5% since 2003. Nationally, the proportion of teenage mothers (younger than 20) declined from 3.7% in 2011 to 3.6% in 2012, compared with 4.6% in 2003.

National core maternity indicators—stage 2 report: 2007–2011 

This report on stage 2 of the national core maternity indicators project describes the development of 8 indicators, including scoping and assessment of existing data items for reporting. Of the 8 indicators proposed, 3 will be added to the existing set of 10 national core maternity indicators, 2 existing and 1 additional indicator will undergo further development and 3 will not undergo further development at this time.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: strategies to address information gaps 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is emerging as a public health issue in Australia. Health-care providers and policy makers need accurate and timely data in a useable format to monitor and prevent FASD. This bulletin identifies ways to facilitate the collection and reporting of FASD-related information in Australia. The quality of information available in existing data collections is variable and incomplete for ascertaining cases of FASD. Regular surveillance and monitoring have been identified as priorities for determining incidence and prevalence.

Nomenclature for models of maternity care: a consultation report 

The report presents the findings of consultation on a proposed system for classifying models of maternity care in Australia. It is one of several components of the National Maternity Data Development Project and is a companion report to the publication, Foundations for enhanced maternity data collection and reporting in Australia: National Maternity Data Development Project Stage 1.

Maternal mortality: data linkage methodology 

The report presents a data linkage methodology to ascertain the number of maternal and late maternal deaths in Australia. It is one of several components of the National Maternity Data Development Project and is a companion report to the publication, Foundations for enhanced maternity data collection and reporting in Australia: National Maternity Data Development Project Stage 1.