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Women and Newborn Health Service



About Women and Newborn Health Service

In mid-2006, as part of the health reform in Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) joined with other women's based health services to form the new Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS), which is a part of the larger North Metropolitan Area Health Service.

KEMH was formerly a part of the Women's and Children's Health Service (WCHS) along with Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH).

With dedicated staff and best practices based on the most current evidence-based medicine, WNHS continues to deliver first-class health care to women and infants in WA.

KEMH is the State's only tertiary maternity and gynaecological hospital and treated its first patients in 1916. Today more than 6000 births take place at the hospital every year and it is WA's only major referral centre for high-risk pregnancies. KEMH also has a state-of-the-art Special Care Nursery, designed to care for premature and sick infants.

KEMH also cares for approximately 5000 women with gynaecological conditions each year - from urological and cancer related problems to sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive disorders.

WNHS incorporates King Edward Memorial Hospital, the WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, BreastScreen WA, Statewide Obstetric Support Unit, Women’s Health Policy and Projects and the Mother and Baby Unit, a comprehensive inpatient service for women suffering postnatal psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and adjustment disorders.


Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP)

Women and Newborn Health Service and King Edward Memorial Hospital are committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities and access to our services as other people. Please visit our DAIP section for more information about our:

  • Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
  • WA Carers Charter
  • Contact and Feedback Details

Please note that all of our information materials are available in alternative formats. Please contact the Customer Service Unit to request materials in an alternative format.


Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH)

PMH has joined additional child and youth based health services to form the separate Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS), and will continue to deliver quality health services to the children and youth of WA. If you are seeking information about PMH please click here.




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