Special Interest Groups
All managers and clinicians of member maternity & newborn services are welcome to participate in one or more of WHA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The SIGs are formed in response to interest from members and focus on particular projects or themes of common interest. Most are multidisciplinary, focusing on a common theme like safety & quality in maternity care or care of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies. Some are for individuals in defined roles, such as CEOs, medical or nursing executives, or unit managers.
The SIGs make it easy for peers across the women's health sector to connect with one another, ask questions of each other, provide advice and share resrouces. Participants drive the agenda for each meeting, give presentations or briefings about their own service or issue and discuss common challenges & strategies for overcoming them. Inspiring innovations are regularly shared too.
SIG meetings generally occur via web conferences, and are supplemented by on-line discussion and annual face-to-face meetings. All SIGs are supported by the WHA team. To register your interest in participating in one or more of WHA's SIGs contact our Networking Coordinator.
The Allied Health Special Interest Group is a multidisciplinary group of Allied Health Managers that incorporates both women's and children's care. The SIG covers a variety of topics. Current topics of interest include:
This SIG enables the Chief Executives of the large tertiary maternity Hospitals from across Australia to share information and expertise in relation to a wide range of issues relevant to their services, including:
This Special Interest Group offers the opportunity for clinicians involved in coordinating and delivering education to midwifery & medical staff in maternity services to network with one another. Issues currently of interest include:
Directors of Nursing and Midwifery
This Special Interest Group provides an opportunity for Nursing & Midwifery Directors to discuss challenges and initiatives within their services. Topics currentlly being discussed include:
This Special Interest Group focuses predominantly on the Birth Suite environment and is focused on sharing best practice within this context. Some of the topics which are currently being discussed include:
Midwifery Group Practice
This Special Interest Group is open to midwives, obstetricians and managers involved with Midwifery Group Practices. The SIG regularly discusses a wide range of topics related to establishing, sustaining & expanding MGP services, including:
NICU and Special Care Nurseries
This Special Interest Group brings together medical and nursing staff from both Neonatal Intensive Care and Special Care Nurseries in member hospitals to discuss issues of common interest or concern & share ideas on enhancing services. Topics currently of interest include:
focused on the re-build of SCN & NICU – planning, design and move day strategies. Topics which are covered include:
Safety and Quality in Maternity Care
This multidisciplinary group brings together obstetricians, midwives, service managers and Quality & Safety Managers from across the membership to share data, research & strategies for reducing unwarranted variation in clinical care & improving outcomes for women and newborns. This group was a driving influence on the establishment of WHA's first national collaborative improvement project (on Perineal Tears). Area of interest to participants include:
Rural & Regional Maternity Services
This Special Interest Group was established in 2015 to support maternity units with fewer than 500 births per annum to support one another in the provision of safe, quality maternity care to local families. Issues are currently being discussed include:
Women's Hospitals Performance & Efficiency
The WHA Performance & Efficiency Special interest Group has been established at the request of the CEOs of the large services, to enable financial, information and system managers from the large tertiary women's & newborns services to network with one another to enhance performance & resource utilisation. The group has recently been discussing: