Welcome to 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

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.

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