5th fact

1,404 women die (27 every week) from cancer of the ovary, uterus or cervix.

Who We Are

The Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) is an Independent Research Institution and charity, formed in 1976. Our research focuses on the major health issues that affect newborns, reproduction and women's health at all ages.

We 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.

With a reputation of excellence, and as a global contributor to producing quality research, our aim is to make research discoveries that eradicate disease and reduce illness in women and babies.

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.


  • To conduct and support research reflecting the Foundation’s purpose.
  • To inform and educate the scientific and wider community of the results and implications of such research.
  • To develop a sustainable funding and relationship management strategy to support the Foundation’s purpose.
  • To strengthen the Foundation’s collaborative partnerships with the King Edward Memorial Hospital campus, the UWA School of Women’s and Infants’ Health and other research partners within the wider research community.
  • To foster research excellence from new and established investigators working towards the Foundation’s purpose.
  • To enhance the research reputation and standing of the Foundation by raising its profile across the scientific and wider community.

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