1st fact


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

Stars and Rising Stars 2017

Each year the Women and Infants Research Foundation proudly hosts the Stars Events. These events are WIRF’s opportunity to showcase the most recent research findings in the fields of newborn medicine, women’s health and reproduction.

Held over two consecutive evenings, the Stars Events bring together our finest medical experts and our top emerging medical researchers. They present on various topics relating to women’s and infants’ health to an audience consisting of researchers, and medical and health professionals from hospitals and clinics throughout WA.

2017 Stars Event
How we can prevent babies dying before they are born

While infant mortality rates have continued to decline in Australia over the past two decades there has been no overall reduction in the rate of stillbirth. Stillbirths account for 70% of perinatal deaths. Over 2,000 babies are stillborn in Australia and New Zealand every year occurring at a rate of approximately 7 out of every 1000 births; approximately 7 babies each day. The death of an unborn baby is a devastating and traumatic event, with long-lasting psychological, social and economic impacts on parents, families and society.

We invite you to join us as we present and discuss the latest discoveries and advances in this very important area of pregnancy care and women’s health.

When: Wednesday 13th September 2017, 5.45pm - 9pm
Where: University of Western Australia, Banquet Hall, Crawley
Cost: $55/Students $40 (inc presentations and cocktail/refreshments) - register at the Try Booking website.


Visiting Doctor, Dr Susan Walker - Director of Perinatal Medicine at Mercy Hospital for Women

Title: Detecting babies who stop growing before they are born?


Fetal growth restriction is the leading contributor to antenatal stillbirth, but identifying the baby that is small or poorly grown remains a challenge. This talk will address how we can improve detection of the baby that stops growing before it is born in an effort to reduce the burden of preventable stillbirth.

Dr Scott White - Consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine at King Edward Memorial Hospital

Title: Why do some babies die before they are born?


Around one per cent of babies will die between mid-pregnancy and birth. For many parents, the cause is clear and the chance of recurrence is low. For others, however, the grief of losing their baby is compounded by the lack of an obvious cause or due to a condition which may affect future pregnancies. This presentation will discuss the causes of stillbirth and potential for its prevention or recurrence.

Belinda Jennings - Clinical Midwife Consultant – Perinatal Loss Service, King Edward Memorial Hospital

Title: Perinatal Loss Service: 15 years on

Perinatal Loss Service began in the year 2000 as a ‘mutlidisciplinary team’ clinic, a relatively new model. Initially designed as a clinic to follow-up women who had experienced a stillbirth at KEMH, this has grown into an extended service providing continuing care to women who have experienced miscarriage, termination of pregnancy, neonatal death and perinatal palliative care. The service comprises a clinical midwifery component, and provides a state-wide resource for education and advice.

Rising Stars

The Rising Stars Symposium (14th 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.

When: Thursday 14th September 2017, 6pm - 9.30pm
Where: Matilda Bay, Crawley
Cost: $95 (inc. symposium, dinner & drinks). Register at the Try Booking website.

Speakers and presentations

Artificial placenta studies
Haruo Usuda - Visiting Research Fellow, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UWA

Placental inflammation is associated with altered fetal immune responses at birth
Lisa Stinson - PhD Candidate, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UWA

Points of Departure - Lessons from In-utero Transport in Western Australia
Sean Carter - Resident Medical Officer, King Edward Memorial Hospital

The transfer in labour from the Family Birth Centre to the main hospital: from the woman’s, midwife’s and partner’s perspectives
Lesley Kuliukas - Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University

Relationships between maternal allergy and human milk composition: what does milk metabolomics tell us
Melvin Gay - Research Fellow, School of Molecular Sciences, UWA

Omics in recurrent ovarian cancer for new biomarker and therapy
Yu Yu - Senior Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy, Curtin University


Both Stars events are accredited for continuing professional development points. RANZCOG approved O & G meeting attracting 7pts for full attendance - 3pts for Stars/4pts Rising Stars.

To secure your place please register by clicking below.

UWA Club
Wed 13th September
Matilda Bay
Thurs 14th September