4th fact


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

Research Overview

The Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) is Western Australia's principal organisation dedicated to fostering and supporting research aimed at improving the health and well-being of women and their babies.

WIRF provides the research infrastructure and funding to assist premier clinicians and scientists in WA to conduct their research and go on to attract project money from competitive funding bodies in Australia and elsewhere.

WIRF is a significant global contributor to research in reproductive health and disease in women and infants. We have a reputation of excellence and high productivity in producing quality research. 

WIRF provides support to facilitate quality research through our infrastructure and the Scholarship and Grant Program.

The Foundation has a specific objective to promote, sponsor and conduct high quality research and to foster new researchers.
We do this by providing:

  • Generous funding through our scholarships and grants program
  • Infrastructure support for clinical and basic researchers and their students
  • Biostatistics/bioinformatics services, study coordination and study design advice
  • Hosting of research networks, conferences and symposia
  • Mentoring of students and young investigators
  • State-of-the-art research facilities

More information about of research objectives, achievements and individual studies are displayed on our Research Studies page.

Research Links:

Research Studies
Research Units
Prime Research Areas:
  • Prevention of preterm birth
  • Fetal origins of adult and childhood diseases
  • Prevention and understanding of gynaecological cancers
  • The placenta in healthy and complicated pregnancies
  • Long term consequences of IVF
  • Prediction of preeclampsia
  • Prevention of gestational diabetes
  • Improving maternity healthcare deliveries
  • Anaesthesia and pain relief in pregnancy
  • Health and nutrition of the newborn
  • Fetal and neonatal heart and lung function
  • Prevention of postnatal depression and anxiety
  • Promotion and evaluation of breastfeeding
  • Drug use in pregnancy
  • Women’s health problems in later life including menopause