The independent Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) reviews cases of maternal, perinatal and paediatric mortality and morbidity.
Reporting to CCOPMM
Health services must report:
- all perinatal, infant and child deaths
- all maternal deaths and serious harm including severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM).
Analysing all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and child deaths
The council considers, investigates and reports on obstetric and paediatric mortality and morbidity, as well as related matters referred by the Minister for Health or the Department of Health and Human Services.
It collects health and personal information so that it can conduct study, research and analysis into the incidence and causes of maternal deaths, stillbirths, and the deaths of children under 18 in Victoria.
Monitoring perinatal health trends
The council manages the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection, a population-based surveillance system that collects and analyses information on the health of mothers and babies.
Helping health services and practitioners improve
The council makes recommendations to help health services and medical practitioners improve clinical practice and systems of care, using its annual report to detail the council’s research and activities.
It also directly advises the Minister for Health and Safer Care Victoria on strategies to improve clinical performance and avoid preventable deaths.