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Severe third- and fourth-degree perineal tears can lead to long-term physical and psychological injuries for women. 

Outcomes can be improved through consistent evidence-based care, as outlined in the Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tear Clinical Care Standard (April 2021). 

Building on the success of our Better births for women collaborative we are developing an audit tool to help Victorian maternity services implement the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tears Clinical Care Standard.

The standard is evidence-based and woman-centred to promote informed and shared decision making for better birthing outcomes.  


An audit tool and toolkit that will improve uptake and application of the Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tears Clinical Care Standard in Victorian maternity services.

This will be trialled in a small number of Victorian maternity health services.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Women and Children
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 30 Jun 2021

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