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The morbidity statistics for which data have become available for a national level statistical or demographic analysis, refers to inability to perform the usual daily routine, inability to take normal food and requiring bed rest for a specific period of time.
In addition to enabling the storage and retrieval of diagnostic information for clinical and epidemiological purposes, these records also provide the basis for the compilation of national mortality and morbidity statistics, as well as, medical reimbursement claims.
Data is collected via the Perinatal Morbidity Statistics form, which is usually completed by the midwife at the time of birth and is to be completed for every birth in Victoria of 20 weeks gestation or more, or 400 grams or more birth weight.