Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network

The Women's Health Research, Translation and Impact Network (WHRTN) seeks to boost national and international collaboration on women’s health and research, build health workforce capacity, develop leaders in women’s health, and advance research and translation to deliver impact and better health for Australian women in partnership with community.

AHRA Centres have nominated multidisciplinary international leaders in women’s health who span community, health services and academic institutions, to lead the Network.

We are committed to:

  • leveraging and strengthening large scale national collaborative effort to improve women’s health
  • partnering, engaging, training and empowering women in priority setting, research and translation
  • building capacity in women researchers across under-represented groups, diverse disciplines and Indigenous researchers
  • delivering research, translation and impact in agreed priority areas.
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Network Lead and Administering Centre
Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre


Professor Deb Loxton
Current Chair, 2021-2022

Professor Helena Teede
Inaugural Chair, 2020-2021

Helen Bolger-Harris, National Program Manager
Women’s Health Research Translation Network 

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In September 2020, the WHRTN received funding of $5 million over five years from the Medical Research Future Fund.

The Network’s priority health areas align with the government’s health strategy and include a focus on:

  • preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and intrapartum health of women and babies
  • mental health
  • reproductive health
  • chronic disease and preventative health including cancer and heart disease
  • healthy lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of obesity
  • violence and abuse
  • Indigenous health
  • healthy ageing
  • sexual health.

Through this Network, a strong collective and united voice will partner with the community, health and government as well as academia to drive, support and enable inclusive collaborative research and translation to address gaps and priorities for women.

Development Stages

A co-designed two-stage approach will be used for the Network that will comprise:

  • Stage 1 Year 1: Formalised detailed governance, broad stakeholder engagement and co-designed processes and systems for funding disbursement processes
  • Stage 2 Years 2-5: Implemented governance and funding disbursement processes supporting research, translation, workforce development and collaboration across the agreed priorities.
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WHRTN Launch

On October 14, 2021, WHRTN brought together all key stakeholders to launch and celebrate this collaborative initiative, which aims to provide a unique opportunity for national research in priority areas, focused directly on improving the health of Australian women and building the capacity and capability of women researchers in women’s health.

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News and Updates

36 women working in women's health research and translation have recently been provided with financial support to advance their careers.

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20 grants up to $15,000 each are available for women in their early and mid research career to advance their career.

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Funding announcement September 2020: Major national women’s health research translation and impact network

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Read our latest Communique for more detailed information about WHRTN governance, core activities, and next steps for the Network.

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Key contacts

For further information contact:

Helen Bolger-Harris
National Program Manager
Women’s Health Research Translation Network 

For direct contact with your state or territory WHRTN representative, please find details below:

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.