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

Our Aims

The aim of VICS is to establish the extent of long-term health problems that occur in the tiniest (those of birth weight <1000 g) and most premature (those <28 weeks of gestation) survivors born in Victoria.

The VICS studies have 2 major components:

  1. Longitudinal health
    We want to establish how the health of the survivors changes as they grow older, from early childhood (age 2 years), to starting school (age 5 years), in the early school years (age 7 -  8 years), and into high school (age 14 years), and beyond.

  2. How the health problems have changed as care before and after birth has evolved over time.
    This is particularly important as survival rates for babies of birth weight 500-999 g born in Victoria have increased from <10% in the 1960s, to 25% in the late 1970s, to 38% in the mid-1980s, to 56% in the early 1990s, and to 72% in the late 1990s. There are obviously many more survivors today, and the health outcomes for those born 20-30 years ago may not be relevant to the tiniest survivors born today. Consequently we need to study further children born in the 2000s, and beyond.



Victorian Infants Collaborative Studies

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