The latest Victoria's Mothers, Babies and Children report shows Victoria remains one of the safest places in the world to have a baby.
Produced by the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM), a key finding is the significant improvement in the health of Aboriginal mothers and their children in the past three years - with perinatal mortality rates for babies of Aboriginal mothers being almost the same as those for babies of non-Aboriginal mothers.
The annual report draws attention to areas of clinical risk to inform clinical practice, health policy and service planning, and help improve the quality and safety of Victorian health services.
The report contains important recommendations from CCOPMM including:
- improving provision of maternal mental health services by adapting effective mental health care in the perinatal period.
- referring women with complex medical and obstetric problems, ensuring they are booked for confinement at an appropriate level hospital.
- addressing social risk factors through a new outreach model to address the health and welfare of vulnerable children and provide support to such families to reduce deaths from a wide range of childhood conditions.
- providing portable infant sleep space such as a Pepi-Pod or Wahakura (and commonly known as a 'Baby Box'), to every baby born to a vulnerable family in Victoria under a dedicated program involving extensive sleep education.
The Victorian Government has given in-principle support for all nine recommendations.
Read the full report here
Learn more about CCOPMM here