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 Jane Jennings – Interim Chief Operating Officer
  • Ms Yvonne Warncken – Chief Finance and Commercial 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 Jenny Fereday - Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery
  • Ms Natalie Hood – Executive Lead, Allied Health, Complex, Sub-Acute and Spiritual Care
  • Dr James Rice – Executive Director, Medical Services (Clinical Governance)
  • Dr Gavin Wheaton – Executive Director, Medical Services (Workforce, Education and Partnerships)

Strategy 2026: Realising Potential, Creating Together

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network has a clear plan to support its vision of providing leading healthcare to women, babies, children, young people and their families.

This plan is called “Strategy 2026: Realising Potential, Creating Together (PDF 2.5MB)” and has you, the South Australian community at heart.

We want to make sure that we realise our potential as a health service, so that you can realise your potential, whatever that may be.

This Strategy has been developed in partnership with our staff and consumers. and can be downloaded

You can see our previous Strategic Plan by clicking the link below:

WCHN Disability Access and Inclusion (DAIP) Plan 2020–2024

WCHN is committed to the elimination of discrimination on the basis of disability.

WCHN Disability Access and Inclusion (DAIP) Plan 2020–2024  (834kb)

Annual Reports





Overseas travel reports


For news from the WCHN, go to our News and Events and Publications web pages.


WCHN Governing Board membership

  • Jim Birch AM (Chair)
  • John Bastian AM
  • Susy Daw
  • Dr Stephen Christley
  • Karen Glover
  • Ross Haslam
  • Sandy Miller
  • Brenda Wilson AM

Learn more about the WCHN Governing Board (PDF 307KB)

Governing Board Meetings - Agendas

Governing Board Meetings - Minutes


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

Public meetings

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) Governing Board Chair Jim Birch AM and CEO Lindsey Gough invite members of the public to attend the 2020 Annual Public Meeting of the WCHN Governing Board.

2019 Annual Public Meeting — 5 December 2019