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

World Prematurity Day 2020

group-shot-webpage-(4).jpgA special reception at Government House Western Australia for WIRF’s valued supporters was the perfect way to end a very special World Prematurity Day 2020.

WIRF’s Patron and Governor of Western Australia, the Hon Kim Beazley AC, and his wife, Ms Susie Annus, generously hosted the special event held on 17 November 2020.

WIRF's Chief Scientific Director, Professor John Newnham AM and WIRF's Chief Operations Director, Deb Portughes, provided guests an insight into our pioneering research and programs to prevent preterm birth which is now positively impacting families across Australia.

WIRF would like to thank everyone that attended and supported the Government House reception and we extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Governor, Ms Annus, and all the staff at Government House.


We would like to invite you to make the most of an incredibly generous gift announced recently by one of WIRF's long-time supporters. 

The Tomasi family have contributed $50,000 to WIRF to establish the Attilia and Marco Tomasi Gift Matching Program. This means that the next $50,000 in donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar. 

The Gift Matching Program will directly support research with strong linkages to experiences Attilia encountered in her own life including the tragic loss of her own son Marco as a newborn baby.

Learn more about the Gift Matching Program here.

wirf in the media on world prematurity day


feature in The West which tells the incredible against-the-odds story of baby Hunter and his brave parents Sandra and Kris, shows the incredible fighting spirit of these premmie powerhouses.

The story also reveals how a pioneering WIRF study using a woman’s bacterial signature to predict early birth is being heralded as a world-changing breakthrough in the field of pregnancy care and preterm birth prevention.

Read the story in The West here.

A discovery made by WIRF researchers could cut premature births by up to 40% - and very early births before 34 weeks by up to 80% - in a world-changing breakthrough in pregnancy care.

Our research has identified a specific bacterial combination in women during mid-pregnancy that strongly predicts premature birth.

The breakthrough is being heralded as a game changer in the field of pregnancy care and preterm birth prevention, with mothers and babies like Sarah and Poppy featured in this story, those that will benefit most.


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Email: info@wirf.com.au

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