The National Maternity Data Development Project (NMDDP) aims to develop a nationally consistent and comprehensive maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity data collection In Australia. The National Maternity Data Development Project Advisory Group (NMDDP AG) provides expert clinical, technical, research and statistical advice to support deliverables under the NMDDP.

Terms of reference

The NMDDP AG is required to:

  • Provide expert advice and guidance on current and emerging perinatal and maternal issues, including perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality, maternity services and systems, and models of maternity care.
  • Provide clinical and technical input to maternity data development work and provide advice on maternity data collections and data collection practices.
  • Provide advice on, and input to the project work plan, attend scheduled meetings and contribute to out-of-session correspondence as necessary.
  • Consider the outcomes of relevant related projects and advise on their linkage/impact to this project.
  • Provide feedback and advice to documents arising from other working groups formed to oversee specific project activities.
  • Provide timely feedback on the content and structure of working documents and draft reports.
  • Facilitate communication with membership bodies and other stakeholders where applicable to assist the Secretariat in progressing consultation on relevant items.


The NMDDP AG comprises of key experts in the fields of obstetrics, midwifery, research, statistics, consumer advocacy and health policy. Other experts and observers may be invited onto the Advisory Group or co-opted as required.

Two subgroups provide advice on content specific topics:

  • The National Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Advisory Group (NMPMAG) which assists with work on maternal and perinatal mortality.
  • The Clinical and Data Reference Group (CDRG), which guides the data development work for clinical data items.

The NMDDP AG is currently chaired by Professor Jeremy Oats, who is the Perinatal Advisor to the AIHW.

Organisation nameName of representative

Chair and Perinatal advisor to the AIHW

Prof Jeremy Oats


Dr Adrian  Webster


Ms Jacqueline Rek

Chair, National Perinatal Data Development Committee

Mr Peter Mansfield

Perinatal advisor to the AIHW

Prof Michael Humphrey

Australian College of Midwives, National Office

Ms Alison Weatherstone

Department of Anatomical Pathology Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Prof Yee Khong

Jurisdictional representative


Australian Government Department of Health

Ms Daniela Gagliardi

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Suraj Rasakulasingam

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)

A/Prof Alexis Shub

Women's Healthcare Australasia

Dr Barb Vernon

Maternity Consumer Network

Ms Alecia Staines

Maternity consumer representative

Ms Leah Hardiman

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth

Prof Vicky Flenady

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
Ms Catalina Labra Odde

Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Prof Lynn Sinclair


Secretariat support is provided by the AIHW MPHU.

Contact details for the Secretariat are:

Secretariat, National Maternity Data Development Project Advisory Group
Phone: (02) 6249 5180
Email: [email protected]