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WIRF gives rise to national Alliance

john-kiarna.jpgIn a world first, the key practice points and public health campaign developed as part of the Women & Infants Research Foundation's Whole Nine Months program have now been used to inform and shape a national approach to preventing preterm birth.

In June 2018, the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance (APBPA) was established with a singular goal; to safely lower the rate of preterm birth across Australia.

The early success of The Whole Nine Months program, as reported nationally in November 2016, led to a successful NHMRC application to extend the WA Initiative and roll out various versions of the program into New South Wales and Victoria.

The decision was then made by key representatives from each state and territory to apply the partnership across the nation as a whole.

Chair of the Alliance, Prof John Newnham said the challenge was always to work out how to expand the effect and translate the success of the WIRF program into other health care environments.

“The Alliance will provide a platform to lead and coordinate, but every healthcare practitioner who works in the field of reproduction has a role to play in our goal to prevent early birth,” he said.

To-date, the Alliance has held launch events in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and in the Australian Capital Territory, with plans for a launch in Adelaide and Queensland in late 2019.


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