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released: 19 Jul 2016 author: AIHW

National Core Maternity Indicators (NCMIs) are designed to assist in improving the quality of maternity services in Australia by establishing baseline data for monitoring and evaluating practice change. This report and the data portal covers the period from 2004 to 2013, and includes data for the vast majority of women who gave birth in Australia over that period. The 10 measures previously reported have been updated with 2010–2013 perinatal data, while 2 new measures are reported for the first time. Data are presented by jurisdiction, by Primary Health Network, and at the national level by hospital annual number of births, hospital sector, and mother’s Indigenous status. Some indicators are presented by remoteness

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbol
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Background
      • 1.1.1 The foundation of the national core maternity indicators
      • 1.2 Overview of the NCMI project
        • 1.2.1 The NCMI project
      • 1.3 Structure of this report
    • 2 Performance against the indicators
      • 2.1 Reporting updated data for indicators
        • Summary of the NCMI trends
      • Antenatal period
        • A1a. Smoking in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy for all women giving birth
        • A1b. Smoking after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy for all women who gave birth and reported smoking during pregnancy
        • A2. Antenatal care in the first trimester for all women giving birth
      • Labour and birth
        • B1. Induction of labour for selected women giving birth for the first time
        • B2. Unassisted (non-instrumental) vaginal birth for selected women giving birth for the first time
        • B3. Assisted (instrumental) vaginal birth for selected women giving birth for the first time
        • B4a. Episiotomy for women having their first baby and giving birth vaginally unassisted (without use of instruments) to assist the birth
        • B4b. Episiotomy for women having their first baby and giving birth vaginally (assisted with the use of instruments)
        • B5. Caesarean section for selected women giving birth for the first time
        • B6. Women having their second birth vaginally whose first birth was by caesarean section
        • B7. General anaesthetic for women giving birth by caesarean section
      • Birth outcomes
        • C1a. Third and fourth degree tears for all vaginal first births
        • C1b. Third and fourth degree tears for all vaginal births
        • C2. Apgar score of less than 7 at 5 minutes for births at or after term
        • C3. Small babies among births at or after 40 weeks gestation
    • 3 Development of indicators
      • 3.1 Specifications approved by NHIPPC and published: NCMIs 13 and 15
      • 3.2 Specifications developed but pending endorsement by NHIPPC: NCMI 18 and 21
        • 3.2.1 Indicator 18: Caesarean section <39 weeks (273 days) without obstetric/medical indication
        • 3.2.2 Indicator 21: Skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth
      • 3.3 Specifications undergoing further refinement: NCMI 12
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Data quality
      • Appendix B: Links to individual indicators in METeOR
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. National Core Maternity Indicators stage 3 and 4 results from 2010–2013. Cat. no. PER 84. Canberra: AIHW.

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