Welcome to WHA!

WHA is the peak body for hospitals providing maternity & women's healthcare across Australia. With more than 90 member services, WHA members support nearly 150,000 women to give birth every year across Australia (nearly 50% of public births), making us the largest women’s health advocacy, networking & maternity benchmarking organisation in Australia.

Benchmarking Maternity Care Program 2015/16 Reports

WHA would like to thank member hospitals who participated in the Benchmarking Maternity Care program for 2015/16. This year saw 77 hospitals provide data, continuing the strong growth in participation over the last 3 years. Reports have been finalised and sent to all members who contributed data. If you would like to receive a copy of the report for your service please contact Heather Artuso by email or phone 02 6175 1900.

Media Release - WHA says: Don't close Victorian maternity services without proof that closure is safer

On 14 October 2016, the Victorian government released the Targeting Zero: Supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care report. The report recommends sweeping changes to Victoria's healthcare system, with potential for significant impact on maternity service delivery. Professor Lesley Barclay, creator of the Australian Rural Birthing Index Toolkit, says that "with good clinical governance and a reasonable throughput some conditions; including the management of pregnancy and delivery can be safely & effectively provided, even in very small communities". WHA cautions that the closure of smaller services in regional or rural areas can significantly increase the risk of families being isolated and unable to access maternity care. Read our full media release here.

WHA welcomes new members Central Queensland Hospital & Health Service, Country Health SA Local Health Network, Redcliffe Hospital (QLD) and Far West Local Health District (NSW)

  • Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has 2589 FTE staff focused on patient safety and delivering public hospital and health services from Gladstone in the south, inland to the Southern and Central Highlands and north along the Capricorn Coast, serving a population of around 228,000 people. Services who have become members of WHA include Gladstone Hospital, Rockhampton Hospital and Emerald Hospital. The geographic footprint of these health services is diverse, ranging from regional cities to remote townships in the west and beach side communities along the coast
  • Country Health SA Local Health Network is a part of SA Health which oversees the rural health system in South Australia.  There are 21 services across Country SA which will take part in WHA. They are transforming health care and delivering health benefits to rural and remote South Australia.
  • Redcliffe Hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services to women and their babies from the Redcliffe Peninsula and surrounding areas.  The dedicated team has a reputation for providing high quality care, and do their very best to ensure that your comfort and needs are met through the very high standards achieved at the hospital.  
  • Far West Local Health District (Broken Hill) is a rural teaching hospital providing a range of inpatient and outpatient services including emergency, general medical and surgical, mental health, maternity, gynaecology, paediatrics, renal dialysis, rehabilitation, critical care, diagnostic services, cancer care and palliative care. It also provides a wide range of primary and community health services.

WHA Special Interest Groups

WHA has 11 Special Interest Groups that meet regularly by teleconference to share information, ideas, tools and resources on solutions to common problems and innovative practices to improve outcomes. To take part in one of these groups please e-mail us