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The rate of preterm birth in Western Australia is 8-9%, and is 15% in Aboriginal people.

The contributions of more than 100 volunteers to the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) were celebrated as part of a recent event to mark National Volunteers Week 2017.

After losing their twin boys, Max and Noah, to the very rare twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome in 2015, Todd and Elizabeth Daly realised just how many babies are lost preterm and how special a full term baby really is.

In WA alone, nearly 3000 babies are born preterm each year – approximately 1 in 12 pregnancies ends preterm. Rates of preterm birth among Aboriginal Australians and disadvantaged communities are approximately double.

A unique Western Australian-based research program aiming to significantly reduce rates of preterm birth across the State is set to benefit the millions of infants and families worldwide who will potentially suffer from this condition.

In a world first, the whole-of-population, whole-of-state program, The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative, has successfully lowered the rate of preterm birth across WA by 8 per cent with the results published in the prestigious medical journal, The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The Women and Infants Research Foundation have appointed its inaugural Chief Operations Director, Deb Attard Portughes.

Deb’s newly created role with WIRF will see her take responsibility for implementing the directions of the WIRF Board, providing leadership to staff and effectively managing the Foundation’s day-to-day operations in-line with WIRF’s strategic direction.

Pioneering research achieves 8% reduction in rate of preterm birth

A unique Western Australian-based research program aiming to significantly reduce rates of preterm birth across the State is set to benefit the millions of infants and families worldwide who will potentially suffer from this condition.

Read the full story here.

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WA doctors are being credited with one of the world’s biggest advances in the care of pregnant women and their babies.

A program which started at King Edward Memorial Hospital in 2014 has reduced WA’s rate of premature births 8 per cent in just one year, saving 200 babies from death or serious complications.

Doctors predict it could cut premature births by one-third and have major implications globally.

In WA alone, more than 2900 babies a year are born too early.

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A unique Western Australian-based research program aiming to significantly reduce rates of preterm birth across the State is set to benefit the millions of infants and families worldwide who will potentially suffer from this condition.

In a world first, the whole-of-population, whole-of-state program, The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative, has successfully lowered the rate of preterm birth across WA by 8 per cent with the results this week published in the prestigious medical journal, The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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The Women and Infants Research Foundation and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) has celebrated World Prematurity Day with a Mother’s Honour Wall, featuring more than 550 WA mothers and babies.

Governor of WA and WIRF Patron, Kerry Sanderson AC unveiled the wall, which recognises the mothers and babies that have helped shape the hospital.

Read the story in full here.

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The Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) will host the Banquet for Babies event this weekend to support research to prevent preterm birth.

The event will highlight local food and wine, while fundraising for key research.

Read the story in Western Suburbs Weekly here.

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Pamela Jones is a mother with a powerful story of preterm birth. So much so that Telethon have selected her journey as the subject of WIRF's 2016 beneficiaryvideo. Currently airing on the Seven Network, you can watch Pamela, and her son Matthew's story, here.

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Long-serving WIRF volunteer, Margaret Lay has been presented with a prestigious award in recognition of almost four decades of service to the mothers, babies and families of Western Australia.

The 88 year-old Mrs Lay was recently presented with a Volunteer Service Award by Minister for Seniors and Volunteering, the Hon Paul Miles MLA. Watch the story on Channel Ten news here.

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King Edward Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the The West Australian, have published the new magazine celebrating its Centenary birthday.

King Eddies is WA's only tertiary maternity and gynaecological hospital and treated its first patients in 1916. Today more than 6000 births take place at the hospital every year and it is WA's only major referral centre for high-risk pregnancies. KEMH also has a state-of-the-art Special Care Nursery, designed to care for premature and sick infants.

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The contributions of more than 100 volunteers to the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) were celebrated as part of a recent event to mark National Volunteers Week.

Read the story in The Post here.

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Our Posh Frocks for Premmies Appeal got a huge shot in the arm with a recent feature article in The West Australian.

Premmie mother, Pamela Jones was the first to donate a dress to the Appeal, but it was her son, seven year old Matthew, who stole the show.

Read the article here.

 

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The Women and Infants Research Foundation, in partnership with the The West Australian, have published the new 'The Whole Nine Months' lift out; a magazine which explains how our preterm birth prevention initiative is reducing premature birth in WA.

This enlightening magazine provides an insight on how the world-first WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative is impacting on health care and women in WA and how we're educating and informing parents and health providers on new interventions.

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For 38 years, Margaret Lay has been a dedicated WIRF volunteer; providing support to families following the loss of a baby, as well as clothes, blankets and essentials to disadvantaged women and newborns.

Read Margaret's story here.

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Helping families in need and being part of a caring team inspire King Edward Memorial Hospital volunteer Lynne McHale. Lynne was recently profiled in a story appearing in The Post. View the story here.

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Our dedicated team of knitters and sewers provide an invaluable service to countless premmie babies. Some of their creations were featured in the weekend edition of The West Australian as stylishly modelled by premmie twins Chloe and Stella. View the story here.

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Born after just 22 weeks and five days in utero, Stella is reputedly Australia’s youngest premature baby. Perth Now have published a feature article on Theresa and Stella's powerful story. View the article here

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To mark World Prematurity Day, WIRF reached out to Sarra and husband Jarrad, to share their story of heartbreak and loss. View the story in The West Australian here.

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WIRF has launched a new video retracing the emotional and highly uncertain preterm birth journey of mother, Theresa and daughter, Stella. View Theresa’s story here.

Stars Events featured in Medical Forum - October 2015

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More information about the Stars Event is available at www.wirf.com.au/stars2015

Our events wouldn't be possible without the help of our sponsors.

We wishes to thank:

Silver Sponsors
Perrigo
Bayer

Bronze Sponsor
Avant

and supporters
Medela
Postgraduate Medical Education

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Read how Professor Tong and his team have found how to treat one of the world's most dangerous complications in pregnancy in The Weekend West, 5-6th September 2015, here.

Professor Tong will be presenting at WIRFs Stars Event this Wednesday 9th September - Click here for bookings and details

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Read how our WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative (The Whole Nine Months) has helped Amanda and her family in The West Australian, Saturday 22nd September 2015, here.

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Read this article here about our wonderful volunteer Joy in POST Newspapers. Thank you Joy! ‪#‎wirfvollies‬

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Our Professor John Newnham spoke to Penny Johnston from ABC Radio Melbourne's Babytalk about the WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative - The Whole Nine Months. To listen, click here and to read the article, click here.

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The Women and Infants Research Foundation are proud to have been selected as a 2015 finalist for The Orange Seed Project.

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Our Prof John Newnham started the Raine Study 26 years ago. This remarkable study now assists medical research worldwide. WIRF's Raine Study researcher and former scientific director Associate Professor Craig Pennell speaks about it in  The West's Health+Medicine, here.

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Our A/Prof Craig Pennell spoke on SBS Insight about preterm birth. To view click here.

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Our Prof John Newnham featured on ABC720 speaking on their Who Are You segment. To listen to the clip, click here

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See our Prof Newnham speaking about the WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative on Ten Eyewitness News, here

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WIRF is thrilled by today's announcement that our WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative  (The Whole Nine Months​) Clinic has received 12 months of funding from the State Government. To read the Hon Kim Hames MLA statement, click here.  
 

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Read about the Hon Donna Faragher praising our new preterm birth prevention clinic here. In the West Australia, 23 June 2015

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State Govt funding for our Preterm Birth Prevention Clinic announced today. To read the article, click here.

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Our latest newsletter is out now! Click here to read. We've also released our first E-newsletter this issue and you can subscribe for the next issue below.

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UWA Phd student Mel Walls recently appeared in the Sunday Times 'Best and Brightest' feature. WIRF is a proud supporter of Mel's research into in-vitro maturation, for the full article click here.

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Read about WIRF's / UWA's​ School of Women and Infants Health Winthrop Professor Jeffery Keelan's antibiotic research. This research is a key area of our Preterm Birth Initiative - The Whole Nine Months​. Read the full article in the latest Research Australia​, here or in Medicus, here.

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WIRF Grant Applications are open

The Women and Infants Research Foundation’s (WIRF) purpose is to conduct, enable and promote quality research that will improve the health of women and babies in Western Australia and beyond.

The Foundation achieves this purpose by promoting high quality research, fostering new researchers and offering research funding for Starter Grants.

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Little Oscar survived five surgeries in the womb after developing Hydrops Fetails, a life-threatening condition which causes the build up of fluid around the lungs. Read the full article here. Covered in the Western Suburbs Weekly, April 2015 and The West Australian, June 2015, here.

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Michelle is running, swimming and cycling for WIRF in this year's Sunsmart Women's Triathlon. Read her story here. Covered in the West Australian, March 2015.

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WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative on Seven News, March 2015. To view click here

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Lind Hadfield is raising funds for WIRF in the Sunsmart Women's Triathlon in the name of her two healthy kids, Tessa and Jesse. Covered in the Western Suburbs Weekly, March 2015. To read, click here.

Below is the online digital edition of the magazine featured in The West Australian, 25 February 2015. To read click here.

Lovely mention for our dedicated vollies at King Edward Memorial Hospital, to read click here. Covered in The West, 2nd February  2015.

Click here to read the WIRF News, December 2014

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Read about how the generous donation of books from Aubin Grove Real Estate will help WIRF, here. Covered in the Cockburn Gazette, November 2014.

Read here about how we are making Preterm Birth history. Covered in The West Australian, November 2014.

WA Preterm Birth Initiative in The West's Health and Medicine, read the full article here.

See the video here 

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Read the full report here.

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The 2014 Stars Event features one of WIRF’s research priorities 'Prevention of Preterm Birth, read about it in Medical Forum here. Covered August 2014

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Read here about WIRF funded research into capturing vital evidence  in sexual assault cases. For a PDF of the article click here. Covered by Science Network WA, 7 August 2014.

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Garry Williams has recently attempted climbing Mount Everest and raised over $17,000 for WIRF's preterm birth research in the process. For the full article click here. Thanks Garry!

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For a PDF of the article, click here. Covered in The West, 4 July 2014.

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Read here about our new study to investigate if a male’s fertility could be affected if they were conceived via In vitro Fertilisation (IVF). Covered in The Post newspaper 5 July 2014.

The Fertility of Young Men Conceived from IVF Study is seeking to recruit men born from IVF treatment currently aged between 20 and 22 years. To take part in the study please contact the Study Coordinator, Dr Rhiannon Halse on (08) 9340 1443, 0439 266 434 or rhiannon.halse@uwa.edu.au

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WIRF's Prof Keelan was on 9 News Perth  talking about his drug research that could prevent preterm births, like Maisie's and LuLu's. To view click here

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Read here about our Professor Jeff Keelan's investigation into a new drug, solithromycin, and its potential to prevent premature birth. Covered by Science Network WA, 1 July 2014.

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Covered here in The West Australian, 27 June 2014.

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Read here about our A/Prof Pennell's blood test to predict preterm birth. Covered in Health and Medicine, The West Australian, 25 June 2014.

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Covered here in The Western Suburbs Weekly, 24 June 2014.

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Read here about our research aimed to improve and prevent gestational diabetes for pregnant women. Covered in The Post, 21 June 2014. If you'd like to sign up for The Cycle Study, you can read more here

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Click here to read our latest edition of the WIRF news. This edition includes articles on the significant progress our researchers have made toward achieving one of our major goals – preventing preterm birth. Read about our National Volunteer Week function, Food Theatre evening and the Women’s Triathlon event.

 

Science Network WA interviews WIRF's Associate Professor Craig Pennell about his newly developed blood test that can predict if a mother will deliver her baby prematurely. To read the full article, click here.  Covered 19 June 2014.

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Subiaco Primary School students helped WIRF supporter - Chris Ferreria, from The Forever Project, and KEMH CEO, Amanda Frazer, plant a lovely native garden outside the hospital. Covered in the Western Suburbs Weekly, 10 June 2014 here.

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Read here about one of our very special volunteers, Lo. Covered in the Western Suburbs Weekly, 27 May 2014. WIRF is thankful for its' many volunteers who support the hospital's patients and staff, and assist in fundraising for women and infants research. To read more about volunteering for WIRF, click here.

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Read this inspirational story here about Kai, and his mum Chantel, who volunteers for WIRF coordinating the Fetal Futures Support Network to support mums with a fetal diagnosis. The FFSN works alongside our Fetal Futures research program.

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Lotterywest has been a long-term supporter of WIRF. Read here about Lotterywest's chief Jan Stewart's retirement and career highlights that include WIRF. From all of us at WIRF, thank you to Jan and Lotterywest for their support.

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Please help us win up to $50K

This money will be used for the Preterm Birth Prevention Campaign which aims to reduce the rate of preterm birth in Western Australia and help prevent the loss of our tiniest babies in the future. To help us please:

1) take a happy snap - of anyone you know with a Dick Smith Food Product -(that includes Nanna, Pops, your partner and the kids)

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Our Research Midwife, Narisha Pendal, talks about her experience as a Midwife. For a PDF of the article click here. This appeared in the Weekend Australian, 15-16 March 2014.

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Read about Professor Roger Hart's research into plastic's exposure for pregnant women, and their offspring's fertility. For a PDF of the article click here. The article appeared in The West Australian, 18 March 2014.

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Read about Garry who is climbing Mt Everest to raise funds for our premature birth research. For a PDF of the article click here. Article appeared in The Sunday Times, 2 March 2014. 

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Read about how Anna Chandler is brightening up our Op Shop, here. Appeared in the Western Surburbs Weekly, Page 9, 25 February 2014.

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Article from our Professor Yee Leung, covered in Medical Forum, 1 Feb 2014. For PDF of article click here.

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Read about Vanessa and her premmie baby Zac. Vanessa is completing the Women's triathlon to raise funds for our preterm birth research. You can read the article here.

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Read about Matthew and Stephen, ex prem boys who are volunteering for our Hug merchandise camapaign. Read the article here

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Read about our Cycle Study in the Offspring 2014 Summer edition. For a pdf of the article, click here.

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Tara Counsel shares Owen's story and WIRF's Demelza Ireland details her latest research into drugs which could prevent preterm birth. For a PDF of the article, click here. Covered in The West Australian, 6 January 2014.

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Welcome to Issue 6, our Preterm Birth special edition. Read about WIRF's research into the prevention of preterm birth, the outcome of the Orange Seed Project, World Prematurity Day Family Picnic, Telethon and more. Click here to download a PDF version.

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Seventy Volunteers enjoyed a special Christmas Celebration last week at the Women and Infants Research Foundation Cafe at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

The celebration was held as a 'THANK YOU' to all the volunteers wokring at King Edward Memorial Hospital - in the Foundation's Cafe/Gift Shop, Op Shop, Sewing/Knitting Program and wards and clinics.

CLICK to view photos

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WIRF's Cycle Study researcher, MJ Ong, advises Perth Mums on how to fit exercise into pregnancy and motherhood. Click here to download the article. Covered in Perth's Child, Dec 2013-Jan 2014 edition.

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The Galloway family share their story about their two premature babies, Sophie and Amelia. Come along to WIRF's Family Picnic in the Park on Sunday 17th November 2013 to raise funds and awareness of premature birth research. Click here to register. To download a pdf of the article click here.

Covered in The Sunday Times, 10 November 2013.

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Keira shares her story about donating quality baby items and clothing to our Op Shop. Covered in the Western Suburbs Weekly, November 2013. For a PDF of the article click here.

The long term consequences of assisted reproduction on development of the offspring: A prospective cohort study - ‘Growing Up Healthy Study

Study Leaders

Prof Roger Hart1FRANZCOG, MRCOG, CREI
Assoc/Prof Craig Pennell1PhD W.Aust., FRANZCOG
Adj/Prof Dorota Doherty1PhD
Dr Monique Robinson2PhD
Prof Robert Norman3FRANZCOG, FRCPA, FRCPath, FRCOG, CREI

 

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Read about baby River born at 31 weeks.  River's Mum & Dad donated over $5000 to WIRF and planted a tree to thank the hospital. Published in The Post newpaper, 20 July 2013. For the full article, click here.

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WIRF's Executive Director, Prof John Newnham, speaks about advances made in premature birth safety and prevention. To read the article click here. Covered in The Post, June 2013. 

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Read about baby Montana's remarkable recovery. For a PDF of the article click here. Covered in The Sunday Times, 23 March 2013.

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Read about River Ferreria and how his family are supporting WIRF. Covered in The West Australian 27 February 2013. For a PDF of the article click here.

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Read about Professor Roger Hart's IVF research study. Covered in The West Australian - 30 January 2013. For a PDF of the article, click here.

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Read about our new WA Gynaecologic Cancer Research Centre. For a PDF of the article click here. Covered in The West Australian, 13 June 2012.

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Read about our trial into delayed cord clamping which could prevent complications in preterm babies. For a PDF of the article, click here. Covered in The West Australian, 13 June 2012.

Message from Professor Yee Leung
Head of WA Gynaecologic Cancer Service

 .The McCartney Gynaecological Cancer Research and Education Fund  has been established to commemorate the life and work of Professor Tony McCartney who passed away on the 22nd October 2011 after a brief cancer related illness.

WIRF

WIRF and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) shared a stand at the Pregnancy, Babies and Children's Expo last week (AUG 10-12th). We were there to provide information to families about our research into women and babies health and KEMH Services. Thanks to our volunteers who helped on the display, everyone who purchased baby rugs and for the donations towards preventing premature birth.

Hope to see you next year.... 

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The new 2015 Entertainment Book​ is now available in hard copy or  digital. Please order your book through WIRF (Women and Infants Research Foundation) where $13 from the sale of each book will be used to fund life saving research in womens' and infant's health.

ORDER OPTIONS:

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WIRF were delighted to be the charity partner of Women's Triathlon event this year along with the Esther Foundation.

Much of WIRF’s work is about ‘creating healthy generations’- making research discoveries that will save lives and improve the health of women and babies. This event presents a great opportunity for us to share our work and research discoveries with women and girls in the WA community.

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Read Cathie Dixon's story about her family's experience of breast and ovarian cancer. Professor Yee Leung, Head of WA Gynaecologic Cancer Service, speaks about the latest ovarian cancer research. To view a PDF of the article, click here. Covered in the Sunday Times, 17 December 2011.

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Read about premmie Isla. Covered in The West Australian, 17 November 2011. For a PDF of the article click here.

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Welcome to Issue 4. What do we know about the long -term consequences of IVF? We share our discover of a new antibiotic that could potentially treat infections causing preterm birth, our fun-filled Telethon weekend and more...... WIRF News - Issue 4

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Welcome to Issue 3. Read about the development of the ultrasound to identify sick babies before birth and WIRF's Fetal Futures Program. An inspirational couple help families identify genetic disorders, WIRF Volunteers meet their new Patron and more...... WIRF News - Issue 3

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We are pleased to share our 2nd issue of WIRF News with you. Inside we have featured the special 21st Raine Study Celebration, our annual research events "Stars and Rising Stars", an insight into gynaecological cancer and much more - WIRF News Issue 2

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Read about WIRF's exciting new studies and how with your help we are saving the lives of our tiniest and sickest babies - WIRF News Issue 1

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A special High Tea was held in the WIRF Cafe to celebrate National Volunteers Week.

Mrs Julie Michael, Friends of WIRF Patron, presented awards to the many volunteers who have generously given their time to support The Women and Infants Research Foundation.

Please view the slideshow of the award presentation.

More News items are available here.

Win Froude inducted into WA Hall of Fame

WIRF volunteer, Win Froude, has been honoured in the annual awards for International Women's Day.

This year's awards have special significance, as it marks 100 years of celebrating women's affairs. Accordingly, this year's awards included the inaugural Western Australian Hall of Fame inductees.

Win was inducted for her long term service as a teacher, Girl Guides leader, fund-raiser for a variety of causes and, not least, as a volunteer in the WIRF Cafe at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

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Thanks to everyone who attended WIRF's Charity Performance Night on Tuesday 29th March. It was a fantastic evening and even better to share it with friends, family and colleagues.

If you want to go again or missed it don't worry you can still enjoy the show and support WIRF by attending on our special sessions listed below:

Angel Kiss of Life

Read about our $60,000 dollar appeal for a jet-ventilator to help preterm babies breathe.

Kmart Raises Money for Premature Babies

Published in the Pilbara Echo, 31st July 2010.

Over the last two months Kmart customers nationally have raised nearly $50, 000 for women's hospital foundations around Australia, with over $650 coming from South Hedland customers.

Angel Breaths Success

Published in Offspring, winter 2010.

After a successful public campaign by the Women and Infants Research Foundation, King Edward Memorial Hospital recieves its first Jet Ventilator.

Breast is Best for Babies

When his wife had their first vhild in the 1970s, Professor Peter Hartmann applied everything he had learnt researching dairy cows to learn more about breastfeeding.

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Published in the West Australian and others.

A radical new treatment that could slash the rate of cerebral palsy by one-third in very premature babies is likely to be introduced at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

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Read about Bella dn United Community's support of our Angel Breath's campaign. Covered in the Western Suburbs Weekly 22 September 2009. For a PDF of the article, click here.