Westmead Women’s Institute for Research and Data Collection (W2IRED)

Westmead Women’s Institute for Research and Data collection (W2IRED) was formed in 2015 to assist with research undertaken by the Westmead Women’s and Newborn Health division. The Institute supports innovative projects which will improve the lives of women and babies locally and worldwide.
Westmead Hospital’s Birth Unit is one of the busiest in Australia and our women’s health clinics provide expertise in a wide range of gynaecological conditions. This creates an ideal situation to conduct and participate in research trials focusing on women's and babies’ health.
We know that time spent in the womb, the birth process, and the early months of life profoundly affect health for the rest of people’s lives. Our research team strives to find ways to provide the safest and healthiest environments for mothers and their babies, during pregnancy and after birth.
W2IRED concentrates on obstetric and neonatal research. However, our studies also encompass other aspects of women’s health, ranging from conditions as varied as sexual dysfunction, polycystic ovarian syndrome and the management of endometriosis, to the prevention and treatment women’s gynaecological cancers.

What are the aims and goals of W2IRED?

W2IRED aims to guide and coordinate research and help with collection of data, a process also known as auditing. By creating W2IRED, we have increased opportunities for researchers to easily access hospital data and to efficiently run their research trials. In this way the findings and results of our research will benefit our patients and women in the community sooner.
The program seeks to encourage research by all medical staff, including medical and midwifery students, by providing training in:

data collection
designing successful and ethical research studies
publishing papers and creating research posters
presenting results and findings at state, national, and international conferences.

Who are W2IRED?

W2IRED consists of a dedicated and experienced team of doctors, nurses and researchers. Our permanent staff members are:



Associate Professor Seng Chua

Senior Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Westmead Hospital

 Marjan Khajehei  


Associate Professor Marjan Khajehei

[PhD, MSc, RM]

Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Women's and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital

Principal Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of  New South Wales

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Ms Beata Gidaszewski
Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Women's and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital

Clinical Associate Lecturer, University of Sydney

W2IRED in rural Australia

W2IRED is in involved in research projects which encompass our rural hospitals thus helping improve medical communication between the city and the bush.
Getty184943572 red cells.jpgAnaemia (low blood count) After Birth study

Recently Dubbo Base Hospital joined our research trial into the prevention of post-partum anaemia. Post-partum anaemia means having a low number of red cells in the blood count after the birth of your baby. If not recognised and treated, anaemia can lead to problems such as tiredness and lack of energy, it may even contribute to post-natal depression. Prevention and early recognition of the problem should help new mothers cope better. The trial is assessing whether iron infusion or blood transfusion is the best treatment for women with anaemia after birth as well ways to best predict anaemia. We are also looking at quality of life issues for women with anaemia after birth. This trial now involves three metropolitan and one rural hospital.

Dubbo field 

W2IRED on the world stage

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Knowing that medical research and progress are globally important, the W2IRED team is involved in multinational studies and events. This includes several collaborative projects in China and elsewhere. The multicultural and diverse community which makes up Westmead Hospital’s patients and staff is ideally suited for this type of far-reaching cooperation.
This global impact is exemplified in W2IRED and The Way In Network’s medical student / graduate scholarship to work at the UN for two months. There were a minimum of 48 applicants for these two coveted positions when it was advertised in 2018.

W2IRED’s Chairman Associate Professor Seng Chua recently visited Westmead Hospital’s sister hospital Qilu in Shandong Province China to discuss research proposals such as joining the keloid scarring prevention trial.
In recognition of W2IRED’s ongoing commitment to collaborative research with China, and for his work with Chinese migrants in Australia, Associate Professor Seng Chua was also invited to the embassy celebrations of the 69th Anniversary of The People’s Republic of China.


W2IRED in the news

W2IRED Student Research Centre (SRC) / Research Scholarships

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W2IRED has also set up the Student Research Centre (W2IRED.SRC) to assist keen candidates applying for the UN scholarships and to provide interested students with exposure to clinical Women and Newborn Health research.

W2IRED is inviting applications for a merit-based 'WAY IN NETWORK' Bursary of AUD$5,000 to undertake a voluntary WHO residency in Geneva in 2020. The successful candidate will spend a mininmum of 2 months working for WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland! Applications close at 12pm Friday 29 November 2019.

You can access a PDF of the information here.

We would like to congratulate the first recipients of the W2IRED World Health Organisation (WHO) scholarships.

You can read about the recipients here. [PDF]

Medical and postgraduate students who are interested in research opportunities and considering a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Women’s Health or Public Health are invited to contact the W2IRED team via this email address

How can you help W2IRED?

We encourage patients to participate in our research trials in order to help us answer our research questions faster.



To Donate

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W2IRED would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of:


  • Wayln Network
  • Australian Chinese Medical Association (Inaugural sponsor)
  • DaiCorp
  • Westmead Private Hospital
  • Westmead Women’s and Newborn Research Registry

    The aim of this registry is to keep a record of all authorised research activities conducted within Women’s and Newborn Health.

    To register your interest in conducting research involving Women’s and Newborn at Westmead hospital, please click here.

    Trials - what is W2IRED invloved in right now?

    • Intravenous iron infusion versus red blood cell transfusion on the management of acute post-partum anaemia: A prospective randomized multicentre trial.
    • A formula for predicting haemoglobin level based on estimated blood lost and other parameters in women with postpartum haemorrhage: A prospective trial.
    • Post-partum quality of life and breastfeeding quality with different levels of anaemia after post-partum haemorrhage.
    • Correlation between symptoms, signs and haematological parameters in postpartum haemorrhage: Have we discharged patients too early?
    • Efficacy of sub-dermoid injection of Triamcinolone Acetonide for treatment of caesarean section keloid scars: Randomized controlled trial.
    • Effect of keloid scar during pregnancy: a prospective longitudinal study.
    • Psychological effects on mother-child bonding and marital relationship in women who suffer keloid scars after caesarean section.
    • Patient satisfaction with intra-lesional Triamcinolone Acetonide Injection for keloids following repeat caesarean section: A retrospective review.
    • Comparison of post-operative pain scores and use of analgesia between Veress and Hasson techniques in diagnostic laparoscopy: A randomized trial.
    • Factors leading to increasing respiratory distress in the near term premature delivery between 34-36 week gestation.
    • Predictors of women decision on trialling vaginal birth after caesarean section and its influence on outcomes.
    • Comparing outcome of vaginal birth after caesarean section in those having inter hospital versus no transfer: Efficacy and patients satisfaction.


    WNH Research Report 20192019 WSLHD Women's and Newborn Health Research Report [PDF, 546KB]

    Research Report 2016-2018 - Front Cover only.jpg2016-2018 WSLHD Women's and Newborn Health Research Report [PDF,15.6MB]

    • McGee, T, Gidaszewski, B., Khajehei, M., TSC, T, Gibbs, E. Foley catheter silicone versus latex for term induction of labor: a randomised trial. Aust NZ J Obstet Gynecol (Epub ahead of print)
    • Gidaszewski, B., Khajehei, M., Gibbs, E. Effect of caseload midwifery program versus standard midwifery care on primiparous birth outcomes: a propensity score matching study. Midwifery, 2019; 69: 10-16
    • Khajehei, M., Behroozpour, E. Editorial- Endorphin, Oxytocin, Sexuality and romantic relationships: an Understudied Area. World Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2018; 7(2): 17-23
    • Chua, S., Treadwel, E., Gidaszewski, B., Gibbs, Em., Kirby, A., Khajehei, M. Validation of the accuracy of postpartum haemorrhage data in the ObstetriX database: a retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2018; 120: 42-49
    • Gidaszewski*, B., Khajehei*, M., McGee, T. Outpatient cervical ripening: Discomfort/pain during speculum and Foley catheter insertion. Midwifery, 2018; 67: 57-63 [*Contributed equally - Joint first authors]
    • Khajehei, M. Doherty, M. Women’s experience of their sexual function during pregnancy and after childbirth: a qualitative survey. British Journal of Midwifery, 2018; 26 (5): 318-328
    • Khajehei, M. Assareh, H. Labour pain relief in women with and without assisted conception and its impacts on labour and birth outcomes. British Journal of Midwifery, 2018; 26 (4): 239-247
    • Chua, S., Gupta, S., Curnow, J., Gidaszewski, B., Khajehei, M., Diplock, h., Martin ML., Sivananthan T. Intravenous iron vs blood for acute post-partum anaemia (IIBAPPA): a prospective randomised trial. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2017; 17: 424
    • Khajehei, M. Labour and beyond: The roles of synthetic and endogenous oxytocin in transition to motherhood. British Journal of Midwifery. 2017; 25(4):230-238.
    • S Chua, M Wong, T Su, M Reece. Accuracy of a hand-held lactate meter in measuring umbilical cord blood lactate at all lactate levels. Open Journal in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 14 Jan, 2014
    • W Chan, S CHUA, G Gilbert et al. Rapid identification of group B streptococcus carriage by PCR to assist in the management of women with pre-labour rupture of membranes in term pregnancy., Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, July 2013
    • R Mellor, S Chua, P Boyce. Antenatal depression and sleep depression: Archives of Women's Mental Health journal, Feb. 2014
    • T Su, M Reece, S Chua. Lactate study using umbilical cord blood: Agreement between lactate Pro hand-held devices with blood gas analyzer and evaluation of lactate stability over time. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Feb. 2013.
    • Gidaszewski, B. (2017) Women with gestational diabetes melitus at Westmead hospital: birth outcomes in context of country of birth. Journal of Peadiatrics and Child Health, 53(S2), 35 [Abstract]
    • Gidaszewski, B., & Diplock, H. (2015) Caseload midwifery program at Westmead Hospital: An evaluation of the first 1000 births outcomes. Women and Birth, 28, S15-S16

    Conference presentations

    Gidaszewski, Beata

    • Foley Catheter Silicone versus Latex for Term Induction of Labor: a Randomized Trial. Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand Conference (PSANZ). April 2018, Auckland, new Zealnd (Oral presentation)
    • Labour progress and high BMI – midwifery perspective. 3rd Australian Nursing and Midwifery Conference. Sep 2017 Newcastle NSW, Australia (Oral Presentation)
    • Women with GDM at Westmead hospital : birth outcomes in context of country of birth. 31st ICM Triennial Congress. June 2017, Toronto, Canada (Poster presentation)
    • Comparing rates of labour interventions amongst low risk women receiving care at Westmead Hospital using cohort matching. Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand Conference (PSANZ). April 2017, Canberra ACT, Australia (Poster presentation)
    • Joys and challenges of looking after women with high BMI. The Passage to Motherhood Conference May 2017, Brisbne QLD, Australia (Oral presention)
    • Outcomes of pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes at Westmead hospital: impact of country of birth. Australian College of Midwives, NSW Annual State Conference, July 2016, , Leura, Blue Mountains NSW Australia (Oral presentation)
    • Caseload midwifery program at Westmead Hopital: an evaluation of the first 1000 births.The Australian College of Midwives 19th Biennial Conference, Oct 2015, Gold Coast QLD, Australia. (Oral presentation)
    • Outcomes of the first year of Westmead Midwifery Caseload Program. Hospital Week, Westmead Hospital. Aug 2013 Westmead NSW Australia (Oral presentation)

    Gidaszewski, B. King, L., Pinto Costa Boa Mort, C.

    • Westmead Caseload Midwifery Practice – expectations and reality of continuity of care. Westmead Women’s and Newborn Health Conference, May 2017, Westmead NSW, Australia (Oral Presentation)

    Westmead Women's and Newborn Registry

    The aim of this registry is to keep a record of all authorised research activities conducted within Women’s and Newborn Health. To register your interest in conducting research involving Women’s and Newborn at Westmead hospital, please click here.