Project Lead

Associate Professor Lisa Hui

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Women’s and Newborn Health

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Lead partner

Royal Women’s Hospital

Mercy Health

To support the women and newborn population during the COVID-19 pandemic, CoMaND was developed to enable ongoing multisite maternity data collection across all public metropolitan maternity hospitals (MACH and Monash Partners), as well as retrospective monthly collection of prospectively collected routine maternity data. To build this centralised data display, data is extracted from the local health services maternity databases, deidentified and uploaded centrally to the CoMaND REDCap database at the University of Melbourne.

The CoMaND project combines routinely collected data from maternity health services in Melbourne to:

  • Produce a periodic clinical quality report of health service performance indicators during the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne
  • Provide a dataset for research questions on the indirect impact of the pandemic on maternal and newborn outcomes

The approximate sample size from which data is being collected is 800 (births per week). This large sample size ensures results are statistically significant.

This data is for read-only use by collaborators and external stakeholder including clinical directors and quality units at participating maternity hospitals, and the Chair of the Consultative Council of Obstetric and Paediatric Morbidity and Mortality. The digital data display complies with the low-risk ethics approval for the use of summary deidentified birth data.

This project received financial support from the Women’s Health Research and Translation Network (WHRTN) Establishment Grant via the MACH Women’s and Newborn Health committee.

CoMaND has been a great example of the maternity sector working collaboratively to improve healthcare for women through data-informed health policy. So far it has produced high quality outputs in its first 12 months, including scientific conference awards and national media interest.

Some of these outputs include:

  • Four reports have been presented to collaborators, Safer Care Victoria and CCOPMM
  • Top oral abstract at RANZCOG ASM 2021 – Aldo Vacca Award to LH
  • Poster presentation at RCOG 2021
  • Invited oral presentations at Mercy Hospital grand rounds May 2021, and Northern Health research week Oct 2020
  • Media coverage: ABC Health Report, Sun Herald, TripleM news