Babies are admitted to a special care nursery (SCN) or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) if they require more specialised medical care and treatment than is available on the postnatal ward. Data are limited to liveborn babies who were born in hospital and discharged home and may not include babies who were transferred between hospitals and then admitted to an SCN or NICU. Data exclude New South Wales and Western Australia.
Almost 1 in 5 (18%) babies required admission to SCN or NICU. Babies were more likely to require admission if they were born pre-term (79%), Indigenous (27%), of low birthweight (77%) or born as a twin (63%).
The data visualisation below presents data on the admission to SCN or NICU status of liveborn babies, by selected maternal and baby characteristics, for 2020. Click the trend button to see how data has changed over an 11-year period (where available).