2019 has been a huge year for us at the Women & Infants Research Foundation.

National awards for our researchers have been coupled with incredible successes in delivering a suite of major events for the WA community. Below is a look back at our Top Stories for 2019.

From everyone at WIRF, we wish you a happy and healthy 2020 and hope you are able to continue your support of our work in the new year as we continue to lead the fight for all women, mothers and their babies.
Professor vies for 2020 Senior Australian of the Year
In recognition of a life dedicated to saving and improving the lives of women, infants and families,
WIRF’S Chief Scientific Director, Professor John Newnham AM, is named the 2020 Senior Western Australian of the Year.
Artificial womb breaks its 4 minute mile
A major advancement in WIRF’s artificial womb technology is hailed as a major medical breakthrough. The artificial placenta-based life support platform successfully maintains extremely preterm lamb fetuses equivalent to a human fetus at 24 weeks of gestation.
Spring Gala stuns and inspires
An incredible line up of guests descended onto Fraser’s State Reception Centre for the 2019 WIRF Spring Gala at which an astounding $182,000 was raised to support the Foundation’s critical work to improve the health of all women, mothers and babies. 
Eliminating cervical cancer for all WA women
A WIRF research program is taking aim at the inequitable and unacceptable cervical cancer health outcomes currently experienced by Aboriginal women in some of the most rural and remote locations in WA. 
Midwives swap scrubs for swimsuits
A group of King Eddies midwives were the toast of the town after they traded their scrubs for swimsuits to conquer the 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim and raise more than $10,400 for WIRF's preterm birth research.
The Whole Nine Months goes national
The 2019 edition of The Whole Nine Months magazine is circulated to healthcare providers and mothers to be across the country. The 12-page magazine contains expert editorial relating to pre conception, pregnancy, and post pregnancy care, as well as the latest on the Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance.
Steroid study reveals breakthrough finding for mothers
A pioneering research program aiming to optimise steroid dosing in pregnancy to mature the fetal lung is set to benefit the millions of families worldwide at risk of delivering preterm. 
The people that make WIRF so special
At WIRF, we've always known that our greatest asset is our people. A new video showcases just a few of these incredibly driven people who have devoted their lives to medicine and research - not for their own advancement - but for that of every woman, mother and child.
These major achievements would not have been possible without your generous support. From everyone at WIRF, we wish you a happy and healthy 2020, and hope you feel as proud as we do about WIRF's impact.