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Of about 32,000 births each year in WA, approximately 2,800 are preterm and this figure is rising.

The Women and Infants Research Foundation

The Women and Infants Research Foundation is Australia’s leading independent research institution dedicated to improving women, infants and reproductive health.

We have a proud 40-year history of scientific discovery and public health achievement centred on the eradication of disease and the reduction of illness in women and babies of all ages.

WIRF are closely affiliated with King Edward Memorial Hospital (the only tertiary level perinatal centre in Western Australia) and the School of Women's and Infants' Health at The University of Western Australia.

WIRF is also the charity of King Edward Memorial Hospital, helping to raise vital funds for equipment, new initiatives and providing support to facilitate essential research studies into women and infant health.

During the Hospital's Centenary year, WIRF are involved in a number of activities and events to celebrate this significant milestone. Visit the Centenary site here.