Women's and Children's Health Network

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) is South Australia's leading provider of health services for children, young people and women. The WCHN works in partnership with clients and families, the community and other service providers to promote, maintain and restore health.

The WCHN encompasses all the functions of the former Children, Youth and Women's Health Service, including:

  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Child and Family Health Services
  • Child Protection Service
  • Children’s Disability Services
  • Youth Health Service
  • Women’s Health Service
  • Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service.

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Naomi Dwyer is Chief Executive Officer of the WCHN.

Executive Leadership Team

  • Phil Robinson - Executive Director, Corporate Services
  • Ann-Marie Hayes - A/Executive Director, Acute Services
  • Dr Jenny Fereday - Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery
  • Dr Cindy Molloy - Executive Director, Medical
  • Ms Heather Baron - Regional Director Allied Health, Complex and Sub–Acute Care
  • Ms Katrina Bosworth - Chief Finance Officer
  • Dr Alison Russell - Acting Executive Director, People and Culture


Under federal/state reforms to the health system, Local Health Networks came into effect in South Australia as of 1 July 2011, along with Health Advisory Councils, known as Governing Council’s.  The Governing Council performs the key roles of monitoring and providing advice on improving clinical care outcomes within the Health Network.  Particular focus is given to local service integration, performance and the safety and quality of services.

Governing Council membership

Name Type of appointment
Ms Margaret Wallace Presiding Member and member
Dr Neil Wigg Hospital/Health Service Management
Mr Mark Buckerfield Business/Financial Management
Vacant Clinical (Medical)
Dr Jennifer Fereday Clinical (Nursing)
Dr Andrew Sutherland Clinical (Paediatric)
Ms Melissa Cadzow Health consumer
Ms Yvonne Buza Knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Vacant Primary Health Care Networks

Governing Council Constitution

Women’s and Children’s Health Network Health Advisory Council Incorporated constitution (PDF 62KB)


For further information or any questions concerning the Governing Council please contact the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.


For news from the WCHN go to our News and Events web page.

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