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WIRF is one of Australia's leading organisations that is dedicated to improving the health of women and infants.
  • 2021 Christmas Appeal

    The festive season can be a wonderful time of joy and celebration, but for many mothers and newborns it can be a difficult time.

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    2021 Christmas Appeal
  • Huge cost of preterm births in Australia unveiled

    A new WIRF study has shown that the annual cost of preterm birth to the Australian Government is approximately $1.4 billion.

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    Huge cost of preterm births in Australia unveiled
  • Artificial womb rewrites its own record books

    A major milestone in our Artificial Womb is further matching this pioneering technology to those that will one day require it – extremely premature babies.

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    Artificial womb rewrites its own record books
  • Unravelling bacterial signatures

    A new WIRF study examining the link between a woman’s bacterial signature and preterm birth is being heralded as a major breakthrough.

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    Unravelling bacterial signatures
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Number of babies born preterm each year worldwide.


Number of deaths due to preterm birth worldwide each year.


Reduction in the rate of preterm birth due to the WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative (2015 v 2013).

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