Who We Are

 

Women’s Healthcare Australasia (WHA) is a non-profit community of maternity and women's healthcare services who are committed to excellence in care for women and newborns. More than 100 maternity services participate, including tertiary women's hospitals, metropolitan maternity units, regional and rural hospitals.  

Women’s Healthcare Australasia prides itself on existing for its members.  We help staff in a variety of different roles within our member health services to connect with their peers, to share ideas on best practice care, to share tools and information, and to provide one another with support in facing common challenges. We also advocate to government agencies on behalf of all members on priority issues for the sector, like funding for unqualified neonates.  

 

Our President

 

I have a long history of being involved in WHA since 1998 in various roles, including the Early Pregnancy Loss consensus statement, active in benchmarking at both Canberra and Gold Coast University Hospitals, many presentations at Annual Safety and Quality meetings and since 2012 on the Board. I have served as Vice President since 2014. I have observed the organisation grow from a relatively small benchmarking service to the current much broader scope. It has been an exciting and rewarding experience to be a part of this growth. Recently I have been heavily involved in the new venture of the Reducing Severe Perineal Trauma and believe that this project, and its methodology, will be an exciting new area for WHA.

WHA has evolved to be in a unique position to influence maternity care and women’s health in Australia. In the UK the RCOG has a broad range of advocacy, teaching, learning, resourcing and involvement with multidisciplinary groups in formulating their remit. In Australia, there would appear to be a void for a professional body that truly advocates for the women and the services that provide the care. I believe that WHA is well placed to fill this void. Increasingly, health organisations are looking for leadership and support, in-patient centred, and patient- focused outcomes and WHA is ideally placed to do this. Women are increasingly looking for leadership and support in areas that affect their health. 

 

A/Prof Anne Sneddon

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Department of Obstetrics
Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD

 

Our Board of Directors

 

President

Vice President

  

A/Prof Anne Sneddon

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Department of Obstetrics
Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD

Ms Kate Reynolds

Coordinator of Midwifery
WA Country Health Service

Board Members

 

 

Professor Michael Nicholl (immediate past President, March 2018)

Clinical Director, Division of Women's, Children's & Family Health, NSRHS

Prof Boon Lim

Clinical Director Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Centenary Hospital for Women & Children

  

Prof Danny Challis

Stream Director Women's & Children's Services, 
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

 

A/Prof Graeme Boardley

A/Executive Director
King Edward Memorial Hospital

 

Ms Susan Gannon

A/Executive Director
Royal Hobart Hospital

 

Ms Maree Reynolds

Director Women's Health & Newborn Services 
Mater Mother's Hospital

 

Ms Naomi McKeown

Special Purpose Director - Independent
Operations Manager
Parallela Project Management 

Ms Tessa Kowaliw

Special Purpose Director - Consumer
 

Our Governance

WHA is a not for profit Health Promotion Charity registered with the Australian Charities & Not for Profit Commission. WHA's vision & strategic priorities are outlined in our Strategic Plan 2016-2020, developed in consultation with members. To find out more about how WHA operates, please see our Constitution and Governance Charter. Women's Healthcare Australasia holds its Annual General Meeting each November. The annual reports can be found here.

Honoured Medallists

WHA is proud to present our Medal of Distinction. This Medal was established in 2004 to honour individuals who make an outstanding contribution to improving women’s health through service provision, leadership, or advocacy.   WHA acknoweldges the outstanding contributions to women's healthcare of the following individuals:

WHA Medal Recipients:

2013: Vicki Flenady

2011: Prof Sally Tracy

2010: Prof David Ellwood

2009: A/Prof Peter Baghurst

2008: Robyn Collins

2007: Prof Jeremy Oats

2006: Prof David Henderson Smart AO

2005: Prof Jeffery Robinson

2004: Ms Anne Cahill

 

Our Team

WHA is proud to have a dedicated and enthusiastic team of staff working in our Canberra office, which we share with our partner organisation, Children's Healthcare Australasia.  Please don't hesitate to contact our friendly staff on 02 6175 1900 if they can be of assistance.  

Dr Barbara Vernon, Chief Executive Officer

Gill McGaw, Business Manager

Joanna Webb, Finance Officer

Adele Kelly, Collaborative Quality Improvement Coordinator

Deborah Browne, Collaborative Director

Elijah Zhang, Benchmarking Manager

Heather Artuso, Maternity Benchmarking Coordinator

Keith Tin, Benchmarking Data Assistant

Leila Kelly, Networking Coordinator

Michelle Favier, Events Coordinator

Michael Vernon, Website Coordinator

Jez Baron, Communications Officer

Kelly Eggleston, Executive Assistant

Dee Patil, Clinical Network Manager