Born of a vision to understand and improve the difficult and complex health problems faced by mothers, babies and the women of Western Australia, the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) is now an internationally recognised medical research institute. In 2016, WIRF celebrated 40 years of research, education and outreach.
Talk about setting up a dedicated health research centre attached to KEMH had built great momentum by the mid-1970s. Whilst research had been widely acknowledged as one of KEMH’s most important roles in the community, the Board of Management’s decision to establish a standalone research hub reflected the Hospital’s commitment to addressing the root causes of poor health.
With the backing of King Edward Memorial Hospital, Channel 7 Telethon Trust, and The University of Western Australia, the Women and Infants Research Foundation (formerly King Edward Memorial Hospital Research Foundation) opened its doors in December 1975 with an early focus on the development of a generation of future researchers.
Fast forward to today, WIRF research continues to grow and diversify, along with its reputation for scientific discovery and public health achievement.