WIRF is extremely grateful for the support of its major supporters who continue to drive our research and efforts to innovate and respond to major health problems.
King Edward Memorial Hospital - Women & Newborn Health Service
In mid-2006, as part of the health reform in Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) joined with other women's based health services to form the new Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS), which is a part of the larger North Metropolitan Area Health Service.
KEMH is the State'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.
Channel 7 Telethon Trust
The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a registered charitable trust that has a philosophy to financially support the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases.
Since the first Telethon on Channel 7 on November 29 1968, Telethon has raised over $154 million and provided much needed financial assistance to a significant number of charitable organisations, children's hospitals & research/medical facilities in Western Australia.
Department of Health, Western Australia
WA Health is Western Australia’s public health system. With a State spanning over 2.5 million square kilometres, it is the largest area in the world covered by a single health authority.
They employ 40,000 dedicated staff in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of the State to attend to the health needs of our growing population.
They deliver more than hospitals and health services. Their public health programs ensure that Western Australians enjoy a standard of health that is among the highest in the world.
The Minderoo Foundation was established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001 and was originally known as the Australian Children’s Trust. The Foundation’s work was based on the mandate to give a hand up, not a hand out and that ethos remains today.
AU$245 million has been given by Andrew and Nicola Forrest to the Foundation and philanthropic causes since its establishment. From this the Foundation has supported over 250 initiatives across Australia and internationally.
The Stan Perron Charitable Trust
Funding announced in 2018 by the Stan Perron Charitable Trust is enabling WIRF to engage and educate health practitioners and families across regional and remote WA on the strategies that have successfully lowered the rate of preterm birth and are making pregnancies safer for women and their babies worldwide.
In addition to enabling The Whole Nine Months Outreach Program, the funding will allow the establishment of a new Fellowship in honour of Mr Stan Perron AM which will enable our leading scientists to develop new research programs into priority areas of women’s and infants’ health.
University of Western Australia (UWA)
As the only Western Australian university in the Group of Eight, UWA is a research-intensive institution and home to globally recognised scholars such as Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall. We have more than 75 research and training centres and receive about 80 per cent of all research funding to WA universities annually.
UWA is one of only two Australian members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of 18 research-led universities, and is a foundation member of the Matariki Network of high-quality, research-intensive universities with a particular focus on student experience.
The Bendat Family Foundation
New funding annouced in 2019 from the Bendat Family Foundation is set to greatly improve the outlook for women and infants worldwide by getting treatments of preterm babies just right.
The substantial funding over the next 4 years will enable the Women & Infants Research Foundation to implement their pioneering Goldilocks Project and expand the development of an artificial womb.