Women's and Newborns Health Network

The Women’s and Newborns Health Network aims to improve the quality, safety, accessibility and continuity of care and services for all women and newborns in Western Australia.

Network lead and membership

The Network is led by Professor Chris Griffin and Kate Reynolds. They are supported by an Executive Advisory Group consisting of representatives from Health Service Providers, the Department of Health, community and non-government organisations, research, carers, and consumers.

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Women's Health and Wellbeing

On Saturday 9 March 2019, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA, opened the consultation for the Department of Health’s new state policy on Women’s Health and Wellbeing being developed by the Health Networks Branch.

Learn more about the survey.

Improving services for disadvantaged women

The Women’s and Newborns Health Network has undertaken a number of projects aimed at improving the health services for disadvantaged women across WA. It has worked with maternity service providers to improve the outcomes for refugee and migrant women, held consumer workshops and focus groups, and sponsored a system-wide Clinical Senate on the issue.

Safe Infant Sleeping

The Safe Infant Sleeping Initiative aims to reduce the risk and raise awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy in Western Australia through the support of evidence-based approaches to safe infant sleeping practices. A multi-agency approach, with representation from 21 government, non-government and community sector agencies, was used to develop a number of policies and implementation plans.

Department of Health-funded projects at the Telethon Kids Institute

The Women’s and Newborns Health Network funded the Telethon Kids Institute to deliver three key research projects on their behalf. These projects focused on improving the quality, safety, and continuity of services for women and babies in WA, particularly at-risk groups such as:

Models of care and resources

Health Networks develops models of care, frameworks and toolkits to provide a cohesive and consistent plan for health care across WA. Implementation of these resources occurs in partnership with the Health Service Providers and other organisations involved in health care.

For consumer information for expecting and new parents, including every stage of maternity care and a guide to where to have your baby, visit HealthyWA’s Having a Baby page (external site).


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Last reviewed: 12-07-2018
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