Dynamic data displays

The National Core Maternity Indicators present information on measures of clinical activity and outcomes between 2004 and 2013. The purpose of the Indicators is to monitor the safety and quality of maternity care to ensure that there is continual improvement in the quality of maternity services. These dynamic data displays and the accompanying report cover 15 discrete indicators, of which 3 are new indicators, while 12 have been updated with the most recently available 2013 national perinatal data. 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.

Excel source data tables and quick reference guide are available from the Data tab.

Antenatal period

Smoking in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy for all women giving birth

Smoking after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy for all women who gave birth and reported smoking during pregnancy

Antenatal care in the first trimester for all women giving birth

 

Labour and birth

Induction of labour for selected women giving birth for the first time

Unassisted (non-instrumental) vaginal birth for selected women giving birth for the first time

Assisted (instrumental) vaginal birth for selected women giving birth for the first time

Episiotomy for women having their first baby and giving birth vaginally unassisted (non-instrumental)

Episiotomy for women having their first baby and giving birth vaginally assisted (instrumental)

Caesarean section for selected women giving birth for the first time

Women having their second birth vaginally whose first birth was by caesarean section

General anaesthetic for women giving birth by caesarean section

 

Birth outcomes

Third and fourth degree tears for all vaginal first births

Third and fourth degree tears for all vaginal births

Apgar score of less than 7 at 5 minutes for births at or after term 

Small babies among births at or after 40 weeks gestation