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 Women’s and Children’s Health Network includes the following health services:

To view comprehensive health information for parents and young people, go to the Child and Youth Health website.

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Lindsey Gough is Chief Executive Officer of the WCHN.

Executive Leadership Team

  • Ms Sarah McRae – Interim Chief Operating Officer
  • Mr Paul Monaghan - Chief Finance Officer
  • Mr Patrick Smith - Executive Director, People and Culture
  • Mr Phil Robinson - Executive Director, Corporate Services
  • Ms Jackie Ah Kit – Executive Lead, Aboriginal Health
  • Dr Cindy Molloy – Executive Director, Medical Services
  • Dr Jenny Fereday - Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery
  • Dr Alison Russell - Interim Executive Lead, Allied Health

Strategic Plan

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) Strategic Management Plan 2018-2020 (PDF 456KB) outlines the blueprint for staff, consumers and partners to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

The plan outlines the overarching strategic direction for WCHN, as well as supplementary plans detailing the strategic priorities for each of the key divisions.

Annual Reports



Overseas travel reports


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

  • Ms Margaret Wallace
  • Dr Neil Wigg
  • Mr Mark Buckerfield
  • Ms Ella McDougall
  • Professor Helen Marshall
  • Ms Melissa Cadzow
  • Ms Nerida Saunders

Governing Council Constitution

Women’s and Children’s Health Network Health Advisory Council Incorporated constitution (PDF 577KB)


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 and Publications web pages.

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