WHA Safety & Quality Forum

Networking on safety & quality improvement in Maternity Care

In 2016, WHA members identified 5 priority topics of interest related to enhancing the safety & quality of maternity care for women and newborns:

  • Reducing rates of third and fourth degree perineal tears
  • Improving recognition & response to reduced fetal movements at term
  • Arresting the rise in rates of Induction of Labour
  • Reducing the rate of first time caesarean section
  • Reducing rates of severe Post-Partum Haemorrhage

Last year’s Safety & Quality Forum focused on reduced fetal movements, and the latest evidence about effective ways to reduce stillbirth while being careful not to overtreat women at low risk (see copies of presentations given here)

In 2017 WHA also launched a collaborative on reducing third and fourth degree perineal tears.  Twenty eight maternity services from 5 states participated.  The challenges faced and successes achieved by the teams will be showcased at this year’s Safety & Quality Forum.

Objectives of this year's meeting

The major focus of this year’s Forum will be on Induction of Labour. 

With rates of induction rising across the WHA community, we will share for the first time some analysis from more than 100,000 births in member services.  With many member hospitals now sharing de-identified clinical data about each episode of care, we have a unique opportunity to better understand the relationship between women’s characteristics, induction of labour, and outcomes for women and their newborns.   We will be asking,

  • For which women and babies is IOL improving outcomes? 
  • Should women be offered induction at 39 weeks? 

An agenda is currently being drafted and will be published soon.  WHA will also be providing its updated Benchmarking Maternity Care reports for 2017-18 to all participants from member services and discussing trends in the dataset.  

Who Should Attend?

This annual meeting attracts around 100 individuals each year with leadership responsibilities for maternity services at their hospital who are passionate about improving outcomes for women and newborns, including:

  • Directors of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Executives of Nursing & Midwifer
  • Directors of Neonatology and/or Paediatrics
  • Senior obstetricians & midwives interested in safety & quality impovement
  • Executives with responsibility for the safety & quality of maternity care at their service

Venue & Accommodation

The meeting will take place at Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens.

For delegates wishing to book accomodation the Mercure are offering 15% off the best available rate ofthe day.  Please quote WOM271118 to be able to get this special rate. Rooms are subject to availability.