About Us

WHA is home for professional connection and sharing of excellence and innovation in clinical care for women and newborns, driven by a culture of collaboration by our members.

WHA is a non-profit community of women’s hospitals and maternity units throughout Australia.

Originally established in 1994 by the then Chief Executives of the Women’s Hospitals to help staff of these services share information, WHA has since expanded into a vibrant community of more than 120 maternity hospitals and health services across Australia. Our members include the largest tertiary maternity services in capital cities through to the smallest rural and remote maternity services, and every type of service in between.

We understand that managers and clinicians involved in the care of women and newborns face
similar challenges, despite each service being unique. We recognise that the expertise for addressing these common challenges, and for coming up with innovative solutions, lies within the member community.

That’s why our primary focus is on helping managers and clinicians of maternity services network with one another, to share their ideas and expertise efficiently. WHA members are generous in sharing their expertise, ideas and resources through WHA networks. We facilitate the spread of best practice.

When a maternity service joins WHA, all managers and clinicians involved in providing care to women and newborns are welcome to access an extensive range of Networking Groups, face to face events, and our secure Members Community. These services make it easy to meet and interact with peers with similar challenges and responsibilities in other maternity services.

Everyone is motivated by the same goal: striving to improve outcomes for women and newborns in our care.

At Women’s Healthcare Australasia (WHA) our vision is to enhance the health and wellbeing of women and newborns by supporting maternity hospitals and health care services in Australasia to achieve excellence in clinical care of women and newborns.

Our Vision

Our vision is to enhance the health and well-being of women and newborns through supporting hospitals and health services to achieve excellence in clinical care.

At Women’s Healthcare Australasia we:

  • Identify best practice through performance benchmarking among members
  • Support the sharing of information and expertise on health service delivery and quality
  • improvement through member networking
  • Supports members to work together, to share learning and to partner with women to deliver safe, high quality & equitable healthcare to all women and their babies.
  • Showcase innovations that improve clinical outcomes for women and newborns
  • Advocate to governments and other stakeholders on issues of common interest to members regarding women’s healthcare

Learn more about our organisation, members and work:

Who we are

WHA is a non-profit community of women’s hospitals and maternity units throughout Australia.

We are a member-led organisation who exist to provide our members with professional connection and discovery of innovation in the pursuit of excellence in maternal healthcare

What we care about

The vision of Women's Healthcare Australasia is to "enhance the health and well-being of women and newborns through supporting hospitals and health services to achieve excellence in clinical care."

We do this through a range of initiatives including benchmarking, networking, and showcasing innovations and advocacy in line with our strategic plan.

WHA Membership

Our membership community is a place where our members make a difference to each other and find inspiration to extend excellence in the care of women and newborns in their own local communities.

WHA is proud to support a wide range of maternity services, from large specialist hospitals to maternity wards in small rural services throughout Australia.