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 name Name of representative
Chair and Perinatal advisor to the AIHW Prof Jeremy Oats
AIHW Ms Louise Gates
AIHW Ms Bernice Cropper
Chair, National Perinatal Data Development Committee Ms Sue Cornes
Burnet Institute, Melbourne Prof Caroline Homer
Perinatal advisor to the AIHW Prof Michael Humphrey
Australian College of Midwives, National Office Ms Kellie Wilton
Department of Anatomical Pathology Women’s and Children’s Hospital Prof Yee Khong
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania Mr Peter Mansfield
Australian Government Department of Health Ms Samantha Diplock
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Ms Suzanna Henderson
Maternal Neonatal & Women's Health Network, Northern Sydney Local Health District Prof Michael Nicholl
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
Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney A/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 5251
Email: [email protected]