governor presents framed certificate to man and smiles
The Governor, as Patron of WIRF, presented a framed certificate of appreciation to Mr Frank Tomasi for his family’s support of WIRF through a donation of $50, 000 in memory of his late wife Attilia and their son Marco who passed away at one week old in 1973. Photo credit: Courtney Holloway

Reception for Women & Infants Research Foundation to mark World Prematurity Day

The Governor and Ms Annus hosted a reception for supporters of the Women & Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) to hear about their world-leading research and contributions to preventing preterm birth which continues to save and improve countless lives. The event closed out WIRF’s World Prematurity Day (17th November 2020) celebrations.

Professor John Newnham AM – WIRF’s Chief Scientific Director and 2020 Senior Australian of the Year, and Ms Deb Portughes – WIRF’s Chief Operations Director addressed the group along with the Governor who is proud to be Patron of WIRF.

governor speaks behind lectern to room of people
Photo credit: Courtney Holloway
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Professor John Newnham AM. Photo credit: Courtney Holloway

The Women & Infants Research Foundation

WIRF is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health of women and infants.

They focus their research and programs across three principal areas: the prevention of preterm birth, gynaecological cancers, and women’s mental health. Their research and programs have directly contributed to a number of improved clinical practices and health outcomes.

Proudly based in Western Australia, WIRF is a world-leader in the field of preterm birth prevention.

World Prematurity Day

November 17 is World Prematurity Day, a globally celebrated awareness day to increase awareness of preterm births as well as the deaths and disabilities due to prematurity and the simple, proven, cost-effective measures that could prevent them.


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