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.
I have been involved with WHA for many years, and have been proud to be President for the past 4 years. Our membership has been growing rapidly in recent years as more and more maternity and women's health services across the country see the benefits from networking with their peers.
We all work in busy maternity & women's health services. We often face common challenges. Nine times out of ten someone in a service just like yours has come up with a successful strategy for tackling a challenge you face, or even just with an idea that makes things more manageable. There is certainly much that we can learn from each other, and many opportunities to adopt or adapt others ideas to benefit the women & newborns your service is caring for.
I invite you to explore our site, learn more about Women’s Healthcare Australasia and join in the rich networking and culture of mutual support that WHA makes possible.
On behalf of the Board of WHA, I would like to acknowledge and thank all of our member hospitals and healthcare services who so actively engage in our Special Interest Groups, and who so generously share information, advice, tools and resources with other WHA members. This collaboration is 'gold' as we all wrestle with various challenges and strive to continuously improve our own services to women and their families.
Professor Michael Nicholl
President, Womens Healthcare Australasia
Clinical Director, Division of Women's, Children's & Family Health
Northern Sydney Local Health District
Professor Michael Nicholl
Clinical Director, Division of Women's, Children's & Family Health, NSRHS
A/Prof Anne Sneddon
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Department of Obstetrics
A/Prof Graeme Boardley (immediate past President, WHA)
Prof Boon Lim
Clinical Director Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Prof Danny Challis
Stream Director Women's & Children's Services,
Ms Kate Reynolds
Coordinator of Midwifery
Ms Susan Gannon
Ms Maree Reynolds
Director Women's Health & Newborn Services
Ms Naomi McKeown
Special Purspose Director - Independent
Ms Tessa Kowaliw
Special Purpose Director - Consumer
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.
Women's Healthcare Australasia holds its Annual General Meeting each November. The annual reports can be found here.
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
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
Julie Hale, Deputy 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
Leila Kelly, Networking Coordinator
Michelle Favier, Events Coordinator
Michael Vernon, Website Coordinator
Jez Baron, Communications Officer
Kelly Eggleston, Executive Assistant