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New Reports on Maternal and Perinatal Services in Australia

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released two new reports:
1. Maternal deaths in Australia 2016
The maternal mortality rate in Australia in 2016 was 8.5 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth. Between 2006 and 2016, 281 women were reported to have died during pregnancy or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy. These deaths are reviewed in this report along with contextual information for maternal deaths in Australia since 2006.

2. Perinatal National Minimum Data Set compliance evaluation: 2010–2015
This report evaluates the extent to which states and territories collected and provided data to the AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection in accordance with the Perinatal National Minimum Data Set Specifications. A total of 35 data elements were evaluated between 2010 to 2015. National compliance was highest in 2015, and all states and territories have improved their data compliance over time.

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