National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU)

About the Unit

The director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU) is Dr Georgina Chambers. The NPESU was originally established in 1979 as the National Perinatal Statistics Unit and has been located at the University of New South Wales since 1997. The NPESU undertakes national reporting of  reproductive and perinatal health information and statistics in Australia. It conducts national epidemiological, health services, policy and health economic research in reproductive, perinatal and maternal health. The priority areas of research include: maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, assisted reproductive technologies (ART), Aboriginal Health, pyschosocial health, and mothers in custody. The NPESU carries out its functions by working with an extensive range of collaborators, including the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, State and Territory Health Departments, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Australian College of Midwives, the Society of Obstetric Medicine Australia and New Zealand, Fertility Society of Australia, Australia and New Zealand Neonatal Network, maternity hospitals and fertility clinics, and international organisations such as the New Zealand Perinatal and Maternal Morbidity Review Commitee and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford University.

The NPESU is a national research unit that undertakes an annual workplan of national reproductive and perinatal statistical and epidemiological work in conjunction with the Australian Institutue of Health and Welfare. This includes preparation of the annual Australia's mothers and babies publication and other ad hoc reports such as Maternal deaths in Australia and Core Maternity Indicators Bulletin. NPESU also prepares annual reports on assisted reproductive technology in Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network report.

For more information about NPESU, please go to NPESU webpages

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