Helping to improve long-term outcomes for very premature babies.

News

The VICS team has some news - we are recruiting a new cohort in 2016, and we are inviting the participants from the 1991-92 cohort to return for follow up. Please click the links below to find out more!

VICS 2016 - new cohort

1991-92 - 2016 follow up

The Victorian Infant Collaborative Study (VICS)

The Victorian Infant Collaborative Study (VICS) is a long term study of prematurely born infants throughout their childhood and into adulthood. VICS is a collaboration between the Royal Women’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women, Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital. The paediatricians, psychologists, nurses and research staff are all dedicated to improving the lives of extremely premature babies.

For over three decades VICS has been working towards better understanding the extent of long-term health problems that occur in the tiniest babies (those of birth weight < 1000g) and most premature (those of <28 weeks of gestation) born in Victoria. We are very grateful for the participation of children and families in the important clinical research studies. 

We hope our new website provides useful information and support to the parents and families of these very special babies.

We want to know your stories, your experiences. It is from you we learn. If you are happy to share your story, please send it to us to share with others embarking on a similar journey.


Our Studies

The following table shows all previous and future cohorts.

Years of birth and ages of assessments of Victorian cohorts
Non-italicised numbers indicate ages at which assessments have been completed. Red italicised numbers indicate years and ages for future studies 

Year of birth

Ages assessed (years)

1979-80

2

5

8

14


1985-87

2

5

8



1991-92

2

5

8

18

25-27

1997

2


8

15-16


2005

2


7

14


2016

2






Some babies are born very tiny. These babies require extra care and may undergo special treatments during the early stages of life.

VICS is dedicated to learning more about the long term effects of these treatments, whilst providing support and information to the parents and families of these very special babies.

Victorian Infants Collaborative Studies

What's New

VICS December 2015 Newsletter

Click to read

Support Group Events

  • Support Group Events
    Miracle Babies Foundation NurtureGroups are free play and support groups for families who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn. Inner West Melbourne NurtureGroup - runs fortnightly...
    Read More...

Update your details