Welcome to The Victorian Infant Collaborative Study
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, the Royal Children’s Hospital, and Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The paediatricians, psychologists, nurses and research staff are all dedicated to improving the lives of extremely premature babies.
For over four 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 less than 1000g) and most premature babies (those born more than 12 weeks too soon, or before 28 weeks of pregnancy).
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.
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