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13. How useful are hospital morbidity data for monitoring conditions occurring in the perinatal period? Volume 16 Issue 4

Lee Taylor, Barbara Bajuk, Trina Vincent, Michael Giffin

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Lee Taylor

Barbara Bajuk

Trina Vincent

Michael Giffin


The main source of information on perinatal morbidity in Australia is state and territory perinatal data collections. Some jurisdictions collect information on all maternal and neonatal conditions, others collect information on a limited set of conditions. Thus there is currently no published information on the full range of conditions affecting mothers and newborns in Australia. It is also recognised that there is variable under-enumeration of those conditions that are covered by perinatal data collections.