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Preterm birth is the largest cause of death and disability in children under 5  in developed countries.

Save the date! National Volunteer Week, 8–14 May 2017

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

From 8–14 May 2017 thousands of events across the country will be held to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer including breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

For more information visit.

The Knitters and Sewers Christmas Party is an annual event whereby we, the Womens and Infants Research Foundation and the Hospital recognise and thank the unseen dedicated people in the broader community who knit and sew items for use in the neonatal ICU, perinatal loss, physiotherapy and social work departments here at KEMH.

When: Wednesday, 7 December at 11.30am

Where: Agnes Walsh Lounge, King Edward Memorial Hospital

To be launched on World Prem Day on 17 November, the King Edward Memorial Hospital's Honour Wall recognises the mums and the babies that have helped shape the King Eddies story. All women whose babies were born or treated at KEMH are invited to be a lasting part of the Hospital’s centenary celebration through this unique project.

All Honour Wall purchases (not including digital wall) made after 23 October 2016 will be posted onto the wall in subsequent phases of construction at a date to be advised. Thank you to all those that have supported the project so far.

Banquet For Babies is a highly anticipated inclusion to WA's calendar of flagship philanthropic events. Featuring some of the state's best chefs, the evening will showcase exquisite food and wine unique to our region all in the name of supporting research to prevent preterm birth. For more information visit the event webpage.


The Stars Event 14th September 2016
Rising Stars Symposium 15th September 2016

These two annual events showcase the most recent research
findings in the fields of women’s and infants’ health.

The focus for the 2016 Stars Event is The Pelvic Floor: Supporting
WA women. We invite you to join us as we present and discuss the
latest discoveries and advances in this very important area of women’s

The Rising Stars Symposium (15th September) is a celebration and
showcase of WA’s top emerging medical researchers.
We invite you to learn about the latest research discoveries with six
short, sharp presentations relating to pregnancy, newborns’ and
women’s health.

Visit the Stars website here.


Join in the activities and events which celebrate this fantastic mielstone. View the Centenary Program here.

The Centenary Gala Ball is a celebration to commemorate King Edward Memorial Hospital's 100th anniversary. Bring your friends, family and colleagues and join us for a fantastic evening of celebration with delicious food, fine wine, live entertainment and amazing raffle prizes.

For details visit www.wirf.com.au/ball

For more info click on the poster

Please tell us if you're taking part for a FREE team WIRF T-shirt and morning tea after the event.

Good Luck!!

We all love a good comedy so join us for HOW TO BE SINGLE - 3/3/16. Grab some friends, join the fun - movie, raffles (awesome prizes), a cute free showbag and help us raise money to support premmie baby research in WA.


Michelle was desperate to have another baby but after five heartbreaking miscarriages she was ready to give up. Michelle and her husband were thrilled when they feel pregnant once more with the help of fertility treatment. However, this pregnancy from 24 weeks was also fraught with complications ....... read more of Michelle's Story.

Much of WIRF's research is based on trying to prevent perterm birth and making early births much safer - you can visit The Whole Nine Months website which explains how WIRF aims to reduce preterm birth by 35%, by identifying mums at risk and through new clinical interventions.

As Michelle discovered preterm birth can happen to anyone and it is a cause that needs more support. We'd love your help!

JOIN US AT THE MOVIES (book here) - BUT IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT PLEASE SUPPORT MICHELLE'S Iron(wo)man challenge (Go Michelle!!)

Please note: Sale of KEMH Mum's Honour Wall items for the 17 November launch event have ended. All Honour Wall purchases (not including digital wall) made after 23 October 2016 will be posted onto the wall in subsequent phases of construction at a date to be advised. Thank you to all those that have supported the project so far.

Officially opened on 6 July 1916, following campaigning by prominent West Australian women including  Edith Cowan, Mary Molloy [the wife of the Lord Mayor] and Deborah Hackett, King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) has been providing hospital based, community and rural medical services for women, infants and families for  almost 100 years.

It holds a special place in the hearts of Western Australians, and is the birthplace of many.

KEMH is unique. Within Western Australia it is the only single hospital providing a diverse range of health and medical services, along with teaching and support services that are particularly aimed at improving the health of women and newborn babies. Moreover, the hospital serves Australia's largest State, covering 2.5 million km2.

Today, KEMH is part of the Women and Newborn Health Service and remains as the states only tertiary referral centre for complex obstetric, gynaecological and neonatal conditions.

Help us celebrate this remarkable milestone by making a contribution to some of the events and initiatives we have planned including a special edition Centenary book, a Centenary Wall honouring King Eddy's mums and babies, our gala ball (tickets now available), open day and more!

Keep checking back for regular updates and upcoming community events.