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Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health

WHRC-coverWe are dedicated to improving the health outcomes of our nation’s women and children through life saving research and initiatives. Our motto – ‘healthy women, healthy mothers, healthy babies, healthy children, healthy communities’ – captures the essence of the work we do – ensuring the wider health of our communities through improving the mother-child continuum of health.

Our vision

It's no secret women and men have different health needs. Specific areas of difference include contraception, fertility, abortion, sexually transmitted infections, menopause, maternal health, and the health of the newborn, while many noncommunicable diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease also affect women differently.

The work we do matters.

As a centre of international excellence in women's health research, we are improving the survival and health of women and their babies by creating more effective systems and processes of care. Our research focus spans the continuum from women who are sexually active, through to pregnant mothers, new babies and children.

With a strong focus on disadvantaged communities, particularly Māori, we are creating outcomes that improve the standard of health for everyone.

We understand that research alone does not create change. That's why, as one of New Zealand's foremost translational research organisations in the perinatal and infant mortality and reproductive health space, our research creates positive systemic long-term change.

We translate our research into recommendations for doctors, Ministers of Parliament, hospitals, service providers and government departments to improve systems and processes of care.

Long term, we want to continue to grow our Centre to be at the forefront of women's health research in the world.