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Media Release - 20th October 2016 - WHA says: Don't close Victorian maternity services without proof that closure is safer

On Friday last week the Targeting Zero Supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care report was released. It reccomends sweeping changes to Victorias healthcare system with potentially significant impacts for materntiy service delivery. However Professor Lesley Barclay the 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 More Here WHA_media_release_-_duckett_report

About us

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 (or more than 60% of public births), making us the largest women’s health advocacy, networking & maternity benchmarking organisation in Australia.

WHA welcomes new members Country Health SA Local Health Network, Redcliffe Hospital (QLD) and Broken Hill Base Hospital (NSW)

  • Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) is 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 Events 2016

Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence

Recently WHA and CHA jointly hosted the first of 2 webinars focusing on Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence. A recording of the first webinar will be available shortly. To register for the second webinar to be held on the 5th October click here

In tandem with the work being conducted in Australia, the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission hosts a number of links to the systemic work being undertaken nationwide in New Zealand. One report proposes an Integrated Safety System that would provide a tiered response to family violence. The report suggests strategies to build:

  • Connected and protective communities as a first level of prevention
  • Safety responsive universal services that would provide family violence screening as a regular part of universal service provision
  • Safety partnerships between key agencies - to enhance the reach and effectiveness of interventions, recognising that there is a need to deliver solutions for people with complex needs and high levels of vulnerability, and
  • The creation of safety teams that would ensure an integrated system response to ensure the safety & protection of high risk groups

Read the full report here.

WHA Safety & Quality Forum

This forum will focus on following up on WHA's 2 major projects, those being; reducing Induction of Labour and Caesarian Section. The agenda for this meeting can be found here. If you would like to register an interest in attending this meeting (to be held in Melbourne on the 29th & 30th November) please e-mail Michelle here.

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