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World Prematurity Day 2021

web.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 2021.

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 2021.

The Governor addressed WIRF's valued supporters and spoke of the imperative to continue to support the vital work undertaken by our research staff to ensure improved health outcomes for women and babies.

In response, WIRF's Chief Scientific Director, Professor John Newnham AM, outlined how our pioneering research and programs to prevent preterm birth which started in WA, have now been rolled out around Australia and are already demonstrating reductions in preterm birth. 

WIRF Board, staff and valued supporters extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Governor and Ms Annus, and their staff for the honour of being invited to Government House on such a special day in the WIRF calendar.

wirf in the media on world prematurity day


King Edward Memorial Hospital's Dr Sean Carter was recently awarded a prestigious John Monash Scholarship for his research into preterm birth prevention conducted through WIRF.

For several years he has worked closely with WIRF investigating the prevention and management of preterm birth principally through our Artificial Womb and Steroid Use in Pregnancy research projects. 

Read the story in The Post here.

Aboriginal Obstetrician and Co-Lead of the NT chapter of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance, Dr Kiarna Brown has penned a powerful op-ed in the West Australian to mark World Prematurity Day.

Kiarna addresses the key role that the social determinants of health play in the burden of disease and disadvantage that perpetually affects many Aboriginal families.

Alarmingly, Indigenous babies are twice as likely to be born too early.

Read the story in The West here.

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Email: info@wirf.com.au

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