CCOPMM collects data on maternal, perinatal, infant and child deaths.
The council seeks information from a variety of sources, including:
- hospital case records
- individual doctors and midwives
- pathology departments
- the State Coronial Services
- Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval.
Health services are obliged by law to provide this information to CCOPMM within 28 days. Data collection is managed by Safer Care Victoria.
What to report
All perinatal deaths need to be reported to CCOPMM. Perinatal deaths include stillbirths and neonatal deaths.
A neonatal death is the death of a live-born child within 28 days after the birth (regardless of gestational age or birthweight).
A stillbirth is the birth of an infant of at least 20 weeks’ gestation, or if the gestation is unknown, weighing at least 400g at birth, who shows no signs of life after birth.
When reporting a perinatal death to CCOPMM please include:
- a perinatal death certificate completed for each stillbirth or neonatal death by the attending physician or pathologist
- copies of relevant pathology reports.
All infant, child and adolescent deaths that occur before an individual’s 18th birthday.
All maternal deaths that occur during pregnancy or childbirth and up to one year post pregnancy, including the mother’s name and the date and place of death.
Severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM) including all women who were pregnant or had delivered within the past 42 days, who were admitted to an adult ICU. SAMM cases should be reported within 28 days of admission.
CCOPMM may request further information from individual doctors, hospitals, pathology departments, and if necessary the state coroner.
Health services that provide maternity services should regularly review perinatal deaths in line with the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s guidelines for perinatal mortality. Information from perinatal death reviews should be submitted to CCOPMM.
How to report
Please download and complete the relevant template and send as password protected file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stillbirth template
- Neonatal death template
- Post neonatal infant death template
- Child and adolescent death template
- Maternal death template
- Severe Acute Maternal Morbidity template.
Information privacy and confidentiality
The confidentiality of information provided to CCOPMM is protected under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
There are strict confidentiality provisions within the law that protects CCOPMM members from sharing any documents or information received by the council to a third party.
What happens next?
Complex mortality cases are forwarded to CCOPMM’s specialist sub-committees for further review.
The sub-committees consider avoidable or contributing factors, classify the deaths, and develop recommendations on clinical and system improvements.
Accessing data for research purposes
To access CCOPMM data for approved research purposes, please submit a request through the VAHI data request hub.
Information that identifies a specific patient, practitioner or institution is withheld.
Requests may take up to six months to process.
Requests for extensive perinatal data provision must comply with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s statement on ethical conduct in human research (2007). This requires approval from a formally constituted Human Research Ethics Committee.
Page last updated: 30 Sep 2019