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Conference Venue

The Sebel & Citigate King George Square Brisbane

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Conference Managers

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Address for Communications

Please contact the Conference Managers at the address below for further information.

WCHA 2009 Conference Managers

Level 10, 51 Druitt St,
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Postal Address:
GPO Box 128, Sydney NSW 2001 Australia
Ph: +61 2 9265 0700
Fax: +61 2 9267 5443
Email: [email protected]


Thank you all for attending WCHA2009. By all accounts, another successful meeting. Please join us next Spring in New York for the 2010 International meeting of Women's Clinical & Critical Care Nurses. To make reservations, or to learn more about the meeting, please visit the New York conference center website.

On behalf of Children’s Hospitals Australasia (CHA) and Women’s Hospitals Australasia (WHA), we take great pleasure in inviting you to attend our 2009 Annual Conference.

The theme for the Conference is timely, topical and engaging: The Times they are a-Changin’: Engaging in Health Care ReformWe encourage you to attend this important event and to consider submitting an abstract for a presentation. 

The Conference will be held during the week of November 9th to 13th, 2009.  The week long program will be structured to cater for the interests of our two organisations independently and there will also be an opportunity to share expertise in a joint Conference day.  As usual, our Annual Conference is the main opportunity for networking among colleagues from both member hospitals and non-member organisations.  At the same time you may enjoy the opportunity to explore beautiful Brisbane from the ideally located venue right in the heart of the city.  

The week begins with a Clinical Forum for WHA members addressing the topic of Perineal Trauma and Incontinence.  This will be held on Monday 9th.  Tuesday 10th is the first day of the WHA Conference and will be followed by a joint WHA/CHA Conference day on Wednesday 11th.  Thursday 12th is the CHA Conference day and the CHA Clinical Forum for CHA members on the topic of Ambulatory and Community Care will be held on Friday 13th.

We expect the Conference to attract delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the wider international community.  They will come from a wide variety of disciplines - medical, nursing, midwifery, allied health, executives, service managers, planners, policy makers, educators, researchers and administrators - from hospitals, the community, government and non-government sectors.

We invite anyone with an interest in the health care of women, babies and children to attend this exciting Conference.

If you would like to participate in this Conference as an exhibitor, please contact Kirsty O’Brien on 02 9265 0776.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next conference in New York in November 2010. Please

David Ellwood

Professor David Ellwood
WHA President

David Ellwood

Graham Vimpani

Professor Graham Vimpani AM
CHA President

Graham Vimpani

Organising Committees

Women’s Hospitals Australasia

Associate Professor Graeme Boardley (Co-Chair)
Director of Midwifery, Nursing and Patient Support Services
King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth

Mish Hill (Co-Chair)
Women's Health Service Director
Mater Health Services, Brisbane

Dr Deryck Charters
Senior Staff Specialist
Gold Coast Hospital, Southport

Dr Denys Court
Clinical Leader/Women's Health
Auckland City Hospital, Auckland

Tanya Farrell
Director, Maternity Services
Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

Dr Mike Laney
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Christchurch Women's Hospital, Christchurch

Lorraine Larcombe
Assistant Director of Nursing, Central Co-ordination
Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart

Julie Lewis
Nurse/Midwife Manager
Women’s and Children's Hospital, Adelaide

Susan McBeath
Co-Director Women's and Children's Health
Launceston General Hospital, Launceston

Dr Ben Sharp
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultant
Christchurch Women's Hospital, Christchurch

Dr John Short
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Christchurch Women's Hospital, Christchurch

Jane Waite
Maternity Manager
Christchurch Women’s Hospital, Christchurch

Children’s Hospitals Australasia

Associate Professor Helen Woollett (Chair)
District Director Nursing Services
Royal Children's Hospital & Health Service District, Brisbane

Rebecca Bundy
Nurse Educator
Royal Children's Hospital & Health Service District, Brisbane

Prof Jackie Crisp
David Coe Clinical Chair of Child & Adolescent Nursin.
South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS)

Elayne Ellis-Cohen
Nurse Educator
Royal Children's Hospital & Health Service District, Brisbane

Clare Godfrey
Deputy Director of Nursing
Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney

Alison Jones
Chair, Division of Allied Health
The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

Dr Michael McGlynn
Clinical Director, Procedural Director
South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS).

Janine Sawford
Nurse Unit Manager, Paediatrics
Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart

Valerie Wilson
Director, Nursing Research and Practice Development
The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

David Reed
Medical Director