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Welcome to WHA!

WHA is the peak body for hospitals providing maternity & women's healthcare across Australia. With more than 75 member services, WHA members support nearly 130,000 women to give birth every year across Australia, making us the largest women’s health advocacy, networking & maternity benchmarking organisation in Australia.

Domestic Violence Resources and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - 13th April

On the 13th April the NSW Government launched the NSW Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. The Scheme will help people who may be at risk of domestic violence to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violent criminal offences. The scheme is being rolled out across 4 regions in NSW. SOme resources have been produced as a result of the scheme's implementation. There are some posters, a brochure and a fact_sheet.

In Victoria a series of guides have been developed to help hospitals across Victoria further strengthen their responses to family violence. These ‘how-to’ guides are easily accessed online and are available to hospitals as a tool to help improve responses to family violence. They may require some adaptation to suit the demographics and populations hospitals serve. To find out more follow this link.

WHA Improvement Initiatives

WHA has 3 major improvement initiatives that it is currently undertaking. They are:

  • Implementing the CLABSI Collaborative across all large services - a new webpage with information on this is here
  • Reducing first time Caesarean Section (further information can be found here), and
  • Reducing Induction of Labour rates for first time mothers - A draft consensus statement has been released it can be found here. Comments can be made on the consensus statement by using this link. More information on our IOL project can be found here

Upcoming WHA Events 2016

WHA Benchmarking Meeting — North Sydney - 16 May

This event is a must do for senior execs and clinical leaders. It will highlight:

· Presentations from services on how they have improved their performance
· Discussion of the findings from a costing study in South Australia—presenter Roz Donnellan-Fernandez
· The why’s & wherefore of bundled pricing for maternity services—presenter Prof Sally Tracy

This day will be held back-to-back with the CHA benchmarking meeting which will be held in the same venue on the 17 May, click here to register

WHA Small Service & Strengthening Maternity Outcomes Meeting — Perth - 20-21 June

This meeting will ask questions like: How low can you go in terms of size with maternity service delivery? Eminent researchers and clinical leaders will take part in the conversation. Representatives of small services from all states will be present and they will provide a rich picture of what is currently being achieved. We will look specifically at the WHA maternity outcomes benchmarking reports. There will be opportunities to compare these with trend data from maternity outcomes achieved over many years. There will be an opportunity for services to talk about the hard questions for smaller services like: What is variation within acceptable limits? How will we know when we are inside this? Click here to register

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.