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

Current Studies


For the past 4 years VICS has been busy assessing the outcomes of children who were born either before 28 weeks or with birth weights under 1000 g in 1991 and 1992 in the state of Victoria.  This study was funded by an award from the Australian Government, through its National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).  By the time they were assessed the ages of the children ranged from 14  to 20 years.  To form a basis for comparison we also assessed some children who were born around the same time, but who were either at least 37 weeks of gestation, known as term babies, or of normal birthweight, weighing more than 2500 g.

The assessments were very extensive, as the children and the families involved will remember very well.  In many cases it took two days to do everything.  We now have a large amount of data that we are working through to find out if there are any differences between children who were born very early and those who were born on time in thinking ability, school progress, blood pressure, heart function, brain structure and breathing ability, among other things.  We expect to publish the results of this research over the next 1-2 years.

Look forward to hearing more from us soon.


We are currently conducting a study with the VICS group of children born in 1997, which includes some who were less than 1000 g or less than 28 weeks’ gestation when they were born and a normal birthweight group. We last saw this group when they were aged 8, and now that they are becoming young adults, we are getting back in touch. In this study, we are asking this group of young people to complete a short online questionnaire focused on how they see their own health and wellbeing. This is a really important aspect of long-term outcomes of being born early and will help us to understand what young people think are valuable health areas for us to research in future. So far, over 100 young people have completed the questionnaire. 

Victorian Infants Collaborative Studies

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