WHA Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting for 2018

Women's Healthcare Australasia cordially invites all interested members and member representatives to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association which will take place in association with our Forum on Quality & Safety in Maternity Care to be held in Melbourne as follows:

Tuesday 27th November 2018
5.15pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time
4.45pm South Australia
4.15pm Queensland
3.45pm Northern Territory
2.15pm Western Australia

In Person at:
Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens 13 Spring St Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

or via Teleconference using the following dial in details:
Australia:  1800 153 721   PIN: 968 872

President and Board Chair, A/Prof Anne Sneddon will provide an update on WHA's activities and finances over the 2017-2018 financial year. Following the President's report, members will then elect Directors to the Bioard and appoint an Auditor for 2018-19.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions and/or provide comments to the Directors of the Board and CEO of WHA.

Please click on the relevant links to the WHA website below for more information:

Call for Nominations for Director - closing Friday 16 November 2018

The WHA Constitution provides for there to be a minimum of 8 Directors on the Board. and for each elected Director to have a term of 4 years. At this AGM there will be 2 Directors whose 4 year terms expire.  Members are invited to nominate individuals within a WHA member hospital with the relevant experience and interest in contributing to the leadership of WHA as an elected Director. Should more nominations be received than there are vacancies, an election will be held at the AGM.  

Need More Information?
Interested individuals are welcome to contact the Company Secretary, Dr Barb Vernon, for more information about what is involved in being a Director.

How Do I Nominate?
To nominate an individual as a candidate to become a WHA Director please discuss this with the person you wish to nominate and gain their assent, then fill in the Nominate a Director form and return it to WHA by COB Friday 16 November 2018.  Email WHA here

WHA will circulate the list of nominees to all members prior to the AGM for consideration.  

Safety & Quality in Maternity Care Forum 2018

The major focus of this year’s Forum will be on Induction of Labour - see the program

With rates of induction rising across the WHA community, we will share for the first time some analysis from more than 120,000 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? 

The program has a strong line up of presenters and lots of opportunity for discussion with peers.  Participants will also be provided with tools to take away to assist with analysing local systems around induction of labour and identifying areas for improvement. 

The meeting will also provide an opportunity to showcase the excellent work undertaken by hospitals participating in the WHA Collaborative to reduce the numbers of women experiencing a third or fourth degree perineal tear during vaginal births.  

There are already more than 100 participants registered and places are limited, so if you are interested to attend please visit our website to register

I look forward to welcoming you to our brief Annual General Meeting either in person or by teleconference on Tuesday 27 November.  There is much good news to share!  

A copy of our WHA Annual Report for 2018 can be found here:

Dr Barbara Vernon
WHA Public Officer
Email: WHA CEO, or
Post:   PO Box 194, 
           Mitchell,  ACT, 2911, Australia. 
Tel:     +61 2 6185 0325

Thank you for your ongoing participation in the WHA community.