About us

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The National Perinatal Epidemiology & Statistics Unit (NPESU) was established in 1979 and continues to be a leading source of statistical and epidemiological research in reproductive medicine, pregnancy, childbirth, and the health and care of newborns.

The NPESU is a unit of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) strategically partnered with the School of Clinical Medicine (Women’s Health) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney (UNSW). This positioning places the NPESU at the ideal intersection between clinical and public health research thereby leveraging cutting-edge expertise in managing and analysing large-scale complex health data.

The NPESU manages and serves as the  Data Custodian for  two regional clinical quality registries: the Australian and New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database (ANZARD) and the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN). ANZARD collects treatment and outcome data on all assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles performed in Australian and New Zealand fertility clinics. The ANZNN collects data on high-risk infants admitted to Categories III and II neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).  Both registries play a critical role in monitoring clinical care and outcomes, informing patients, clinical practice and policy, and supporting evidence-based research. In partnership with the International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ICMART), the NPESU is also Data Custodian of the World IVF Register and prepares its annual publications.

The NPESU conducts both commissioned and investigator-led research with particular expertise in reproductive medicine, exposures during pregnancy, maternity care and  the care of high-risk infants. Methodological areas of expertise include construction and analysis of linked administrative datasets, perinatal epidemiology and biostatistics, policy evaluation, health services research, and health economics. The team comprises senior and junior academic staff, clinicians, professional staff and higher-degree research students.

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