Upcoming Events

Here you will find a list of upcoming WHA events. To access resources and recordings from previous events, please log in to to the members area!

18 August 2021
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Creating a Culture of Safety and Respect - St Vincent's Ethos Program - 18 August 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)

Unprofessional behaviour in healthcare is widespread and has significant impacts. Join Prof Johanna Westbrook and Sarah Sweeney on 18 August at 12:30pm to hear about recent research as well as the Ethos Program.
25 August 2021
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Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative - Service Delivery - 25 August 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)

Following the presentation by Prof John Newnham, Chair of the Australian Preterm birth Prevention Alliance; Dr Lindsay Edwards, Royal Hobart Hospital and Dr Boon Lim, Canberra Health Services will share their initiatives. Join us on 25 August at 12:30pm to hear about their key strategies and successes.
2 September 2021
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Sustainable Healthcare – Together Towards Zero strategy at HNELHD - 2 September 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)

Hunter New England Local Health District will be carbon and waste neutral by 2030! join Elissa Klinkenberg, Sustainability Project Manager to hear about how they are taking a giant step towards clean, green healthcare, investing in solar power, exploring sustainable water practices, reducing waste to landfill and much more in order to reach their goal: carbon and waste neutrality by 2030.
15 September 2021
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Partnering with Parents and Healthcare Providers to Reduce Pain in Babies - 15 September 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)

There are effective evidence-based strategies to reduce pain in infants during painful procedures, however these are inconsistently used in practice. Join Denise Harrison, who leads the Be Sweet to Babies program and Melinda Cruz, Founder and Board Director of the Miracle Babies Foundation to discuss their initiatives.
16 September 2021
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WHA Midwifery Group Practice - Benchmarking - Trends Lines - 16 September 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)

Does MGP really make a difference? Let’s look at what the data says. In 2017, Women’s Healthcare Australasia (WHA) moved to help interested members to assess the ongoing clinical performance of their MGP services through sharing data on labour and birth care, and on maternal and newborn outcomes with one another. Join us to hear Barb Vernon, CEO WHA do an analysis of the MGP Benchmarking and Michelle O'Connor, MGP MUM showcase Logan MGP through a comprehensive mixed methods evaluation contrasting with mainstream Qld state data. If your service is considering implementing MGP, this is the web conference you cannot miss!
22 September 2021
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Leading Thinkers Series - Kindness in Action: How Kindness can Transform Healthcare - 22 September 2021 at 12:30 (AEST)

It is known that a positive workplace culture makes a significant impact on the safety & quality of both staff and patients. Join Prof Catherine Crock, founder of the Hush Foundation and the Gathering of Kindness to hear about how kindness can be a powerful transformative tool - leading to improved staff wellbeing and better patient outcomes.
13 October 2021
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Pain Related Menstrual Disturbance in Adolescents - Period ImPact and Pain Assessment Tool (PIPPA) - 13 October 2021 at 12:30pm (AEDT)

The Canberra Endometriosis Centre has developed the PIPPA (Period ImPact and Pain Assessment) tool to assist in identifying menstrual disturbance and possible endometriosis in teenagers. Join Melissa Parker to hear about this innovative nurse-led approach to assist teenagers and women in understanding treatment options and the self-management of chronic illness.
14 October 2021
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Caring for Pregnant Women with Rheumatic Heart Disease - 14 October 2021 at 12:30pm (AEDT)

Up to 78% of women with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women. Join Dr Geraldine Vaughan, Public Health Lecturer from CQ University and Amanda Bywaters, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Cairns and Hinterlands, Torres Strait Hospital and Health services to hear about why & how we can tackle the challenges of RHD
20 October 2021
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Rethinking Term - Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative: Every Week Counts - 20 October 2021 at 12:30pm (AEDT)

Over the past two decades there has been a consistent trend for babies to be born earlier due to a rise in planned early births. Join Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Prof Jonathan Morris from the University of Sydney & Deputy Chair of the Australian Preterm Birth Alliance to discuss the short, medium and long term implications of births prior to 39 weeks gestation and strategies for the safe prolongation of pregnancy.
23 November 2021
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Neonatal Early Discharge Service at Gold Coast University Hospital - 23 November at 12:30pm (AEDT)

Establishing feeding is lengthy and babies with nasogastric tubes can remain in the hospital for multiple weeks. In August 2020 the Gold Coast University Hospital became the first hospital in Queensland to offer their Neonatal Early Discharge Service (NEDS), a hospital in the home service for pre term babies with tube feeds. Join Peter Schmidt, Director of Neonatology to discuss how their service plays an important role in bringing families back together after difficult times.