National Maternity Data Development
The National Maternity Data Development (NMDD) project aims to develop nationally consistent and comprehensive maternity data collection in Australia that will encompass the entire range of models of maternity across all states and territories. Progressive models of maternity care and good quality maternity information are required to maintain good outcomes for mothers and babies in Australia This project is a collaborative undertaking between the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and NPESU. AIHW is undertaking a project to scope maternity information needs, identifying the gaps and consider the options for developing the necessary data. NPESU is responsible for three major components of this project:
Mortality is a measure of maternal health, and valuable lessons can be learnt from each maternal death. This part of the project aims to establish a nationally consistent maternal death reporting system, as well as publish a national report on maternal deaths in Australia 2006-2010. More information...
The research involves a data linkage study to determine if current data collection methods are ascertaining all maternal deaths.
Maternity Information Matrix
The Maternity Information Matrix (MIM) is an electronic inventory of maternity data items. This component of the project aims to provide accurate, consistent and complete maternity information for the whole of Australia that can be used to underpin the development of maternity services. More information...
Nomenclature for Models of Care
This component of the project seeks to develop a coherent system of nomenclature that will encompass the entire range of models of maternity care proposed across all Australian states and territories. A national working party will guide the review and strategy for consultation with stakeholders. More information...
NMDD Project Advisory Group