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Report on Diabetes in Pregnancy in Australia Released

In the 2-year period from 2014–2015, more than 45,000 mothers who gave birth in Australia (excluding Victoria) had diabetes, representing about 9.9% of all births recorded in the National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC), according to a new report released by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report – Diabetes in pregnancy 2014–2015 – found that of all births recorded, about 40,500 (8.9%) had gestational diabetes, and 4,700 (1.0%) had pre-existing diabetes. Analyses are based on 2 years of combined data—from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015—from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC).

There are some limitations to the current information on maternal diabetes that is available from the NPDC, including the lack of data for Victoria (data presented in the report exclude Victoria, as data for diabetes status and type of diabetes are not collected in a format that is comparable with the specifications for the NPDC), the inability of some states and territories to distinguish between type of diabetes, and differences in data collection methods across jurisdictions. So, results should be interpreted with caution. The potential of using other data sources or data linkages for future reporting can be found in an accompanying report at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/diabetes/improving-national-reporting-diabetes-pregnancy/contents/summary.

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