Become a Member


WHA welcomes interest from maternity services not already involved to join the WHA community.  

WHA is proud to support a wide range of members, from large specialist hospitals to small rural services throughout Australia, to network with & learn from one another. Our members are united by their dedication to providing excellence in maternity and newborn care.

Once a hospital or health service is registered as a member, all managers and clinicians involved  in providing maternal and newborns services are welcome to participate in WHA networks, meetings, benchmarking and the online community.  In other words, if your hospital or health service is a WHA member you have access to all WHA services. To see if your hospital or health service is a member visit our Current Member list.

For more information about WHA membership, see our Membership Prospectus.

If you're interested in your maternity and/or newborn service becoming a member organisation of WHA contact us.



Our members have access to a valuable range of services and benefits, including:

  1. Networking Opportunities – WHA facilitates networking through our many Special Interest Groups, and member events
  2. Benchmarking Services – WHA offers all our members the opportunity to benchmark their performance with peer hospitals across Australia.  Our benchmarking includes both clinical and operational performance data. 
  3. Collaborative Improvement – in 2017-18, WHA is excited to offer our members the opportunity to participate in a collaborative improvement project to reduce rates of 3rd and 4th degree perineal tears. 
  4. Advocacy Services – WHA advocates on behalf of member hospitals to government organisations and other stakeholders regarding issues that affect the provision of high quality maternity and newborn care.
  5. A rich array of information & resources from peer services – WHA members generously share ideas, advice, resources, images, videos, tools and other resources specific to maternal and newborn healthcare through our secure online member’s community.



WHA does not receive any direct government funding, and as a result we rely on membership fees together with supplementary funding from educational activities and corporate partners to fund our work.

In order to make our services as accessible as possible to a wide range of maternity services, we scale our membership fees by service size, using the annual number of births as a proxy.  

For more information on membership and to discuss the fee applicable to your maternity service, please contact one of our friendly staff. Contact us.