Congenital anomalies are a cause of child death and disability, and a major cause of perinatal death. The AIHW is re-establishing a national congenital anomalies data collection and this report updates last year’s release with information on congenital anomalies in babies born in 2017. It is based on data from 7 jurisdictions and for babies diagnosed up to 12 months of age. Over 8,400 (3%) babies were born with a congenital anomaly in 2017 – around 32 babies per 1,000 births.
Final data on congenital anomalies for the 2016 and 2017 birth cohorts and preliminary data for the 2018 birth cohort are available as data tables and can be found under ‘Data’.
- Cat. no: PER 119
Over 8,400 (3%) babies born in 2017 had a congenital anomaly
Circulatory system anomalies were found in 33% of babies with an anomaly, and musculoskeletal system anomalies in 24%
Most (90%) babies with an anomaly survived their first year
Around 1 in every 32 babies were born with a congenital anomaly in 2017