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National Core Maternity Indicators 2017: Summary Report 

The National Core Maternity Indicators (NCMIs) present information on measures of clinical activity and outcomes to assist in improving the quality of maternity services in Australia by establishing baseline data for monitoring and evaluating practice change. These indicators cover data for the majority of women who gave birth in Australia from 2004 to 2017 and are grouped into 3 broad topic areas—antenatal period, labour and birth and birth outcomes.

This summary report is designed to accompany National Core Maternity Indicators 2017.

Incidence of gestational diabetes in Australia 

The Incidence of gestational diabetes in Australia web report presents information on new cases of gestational diabetes in Australia, their treatment and the short-term pregnancy and delivery outcomes for women affected by the condition. Using the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD), the data can be explored by age, trends, population groups, geographic areas and treatment type using a visualisation tool.

Stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia 2015 and 2016 

In 2015 and 2016, 5,702 babies died in the perinatal period. Three-quarters (4,263) were stillbirths and the remaining 1,439 were neonatal deaths. Explore information related to these deaths, including maternal characteristics, causes, timing and investigation through interactive data visualisations and an accompanying in-brief report (available via download report).

Australia's mothers and babies data visualisations 

The health of both mothers and babies can have important life-long implications. In 2017, there were 305,667 babies born to 301,095 mothers in Australia. Explore the characteristics and health of those mothers and their babies through interactive data visualisations, and in-depth information and trends on the antenatal period, labour and birth, and outcomes for babies at birth. 

These data visualisations are designed to accompany the Australia's mothers and babies 2017—in brief report.

Physical activity during pregnancy 2011–12 

Currently, little is known about how much, and what types of, physical activity pregnant women undertake in Australia. This short report investigates the types and amount of physical activity undertaken by women during pregnancy, with comparisons made between pregnant and non-pregnant women of the same age, and against Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for adults.

Diabetes in pregnancy 2014–2015 

This report examines the short-term impact of pre-existing diabetes (type 1 or type 2) and gestational diabetes on mothers in pregnancy and their babies between 2014 and 2015. The report analyses data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Perinatal Data Collection.

Improving national reporting on diabetes in pregnancy: technical report 

Monitoring diabetes during pregnancy provides important information on the impact of diabetes during and after pregnancy on the health of mother and child. This report:

  • describes national data sources available for monitoring the effects of diabetes during pregnancy on mothers and babies
  • identifies current data gaps, alternate data sources for monitoring outcomes associated with diabetes in pregnancy, and possible data linkages to improve national monitoring of pregnancies affected by diabetes. 

Perinatal National Minimum Data Set compliance evaluation: 2010–2015 

This report evaluates the extent to which states and territories collected and provided data to the AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection in accordance with the Perinatal National Minimum Data Set Specifications. A total of 35 data elements were evaluated between 2010 to 2015. National compliance was highest in 2015, and all states and territories have improved their data compliance over time.

Child and maternal health in 2014–2016 

Four key maternal and child health indicators have been updated in this release — smoking during pregnancy, child and infant mortality, low birthweight babies, and antenatal visits in the first trimester of pregnancy. Indicators are reported nationally, by Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and by smaller local areas.

Perinatal deaths in Australia 2013–2014 

The perinatal mortality rate in Australia in 2013–2014 was low (9.7 deaths per 1,000 births). Perinatal mortality rates increased with low birthweight for gestational age, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ethnicity and a number of other demographic factors. Perinatal death was most commonly caused by congenital anomaly and spontaneous preterm birth.

Teenage mothers in Australia 2015 

This report presents key statistics and trends for teenage mothers and their babies in Australia. Teenage mothers and their babies are more likely to experience broader disadvantage, have antenatal risk factors and have poorer maternal and baby outcomes during and after birth, than older mothers and their babies. In Australia, the rate of teenage births has decreased between 2005 and 2015, from 17.5 births per 1,000 women to 11.4. In 2015, 8,268 babies were born to 8,203 teenage mothers aged less than 20, accounting for 2.7% of all mothers.

Child and maternal health in 2013–2015 

This report presents findings on four indicators measuring the health of babies and their mothers: infant and young child deaths, the rate of low birthweight babies, mothers smoking during pregnancy, and antenatal care visits during the first trimester of pregnancy.  

The report shows that despite generally positive results across these indicators nationally, these positive trends are not seen equally across Australia’s 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas. 

This report was first published on the MyHealthyCommunities website.

Enhancing maternity data collection and reporting in Australia: National Maternity Data Development Project: Stage 3 and 4 working paper 

This working paper presents findings of Stage 3 and 4 of the National Maternity Data Development Project, which was established in response to the National Maternity Services Plan. Stage 3 and 4 has seen substantial progress in: data development for psychosocial data items; the development of ongoing maternal and perinatal mortality data collections reporting; and the development of a data portal for the maternity models of care data collection.

Maternal deaths in Australia 2012–2014 

The maternal mortality rate in Australia in 2012–2014 was 6.8 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth, which is among the lowest rates in the world. The most common causes of maternal death were bleeding in the brain and in the abdomen (non-obstetric haemorrhage). Women over the age of 35 and under 20 were more likely to die in association with childbirth.