Barbara Gross Research Unit

Improving quality of life through pioneering health research.

WHRIA works in close collaboration with the University of New South Wales’ Barbara Gross Research Unit, established by Associate Professor John Eden in 1997.  New ideas evolve from ‘think tanks’ between WHRIA and BGRU staff, many of whom work at both institutions. These ideas are then tested via clinical research before they are safely applied in clinical practice.

The BGRU was named after our much loved and respected colleague, Dr Barbara Gross, who died peacefully on Sunday February 28th 1999 after a long battle with cancer. Barbara was able to combine many roles – scientist, researcher, mother, wife and friend. As a researcher Barbara had many diverse interests which included lactational amenorrhoea, menopause, HRT, natural family planning and home ovulation monitoring. BGRU aims to carry on her vision to improve women’s quality of life through pioneering health research.

Today the BGRU continues to improve quality of life through pioneering health research. To donate and help the research into new methods of diagnosis, treatment and management, please click on the following the link:


The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia is a not-for-profit body formed to promote education and research in the area of pelvic pain. The Pelvic Pain Foundation has arisen out of a need first recognised at the National Pain Summit held at Parliament House, Canberra in 2010. The Pain Summit recognised that chronic pain is a major health issue for Australia and developed Australia’s first National Pain Strategy. This strategy is being implemented throughout Australia by Pain Australia in collaboration with both state and federal governments.

While the National Pain Strategy addresses chronic pain generally, it was recognised in 2010 that the special needs of those with pelvic pain had not been specifically addressed. In 2011, the Pelvic Pain Steering Committee in collaboration with Pain Australia and the Faculty of Pain Medicine looked at ways of remedying this problem. Their report entitled The $6Billion Woman and the $600 Million Girl: The Pelvic Pain Report” consulted widely with health professionals and those affected by pelvic pain to outline the problems with current pelvic pain services and policies. It made recommendations on how these problems could be overcome.

Since then, the extent of pelvic pain in men has also been recognised.

The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia has taken up the challenge of implementing these recommendations and representing the interests of those with pelvic pain regardless of age or gender.


PIUS X Aboriginal Corporation – Associate Professor John Eden has been providing gynaecological and reproductive endocrinology services once per month at the Pius X Aboriginal Corporation, Moree (rural New South Wales) since 2009.

Pius X Aboriginal Corporation strives to be a welcoming, community focused organisation delivering culturally appropriate services and programs aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the Aboriginal Community. Their goal is to provide the highest standard of client care whilst incorporating a holistic approach toward diagnosis and management of illness.

Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship

In 2012 WHRIA helped Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists establish the Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship by a large donation from the late Robert Wrigley, with specific instruction that the funds be used for the improvement of treatment of Pelvic Pain.  Robert was receiving treatment for pudendal neuralgia at WHRIA when he sadly passed away in 2010.

To donate, please enquire directly to RANZCOG via Ms Delwyn Lawson



Glory Reborn

WHRIA is proud to support Glory Reborn, a not-for-profit organisation that provides free maternity care to women in the Philippines who would not otherwise receive it. In the Philippines only 54% of pregnancies are attended to by trained medical professionals. Since the establishment of Glory Reborn in Cebu City in 2003 they have attended to over 3000 pregnancies. To be able to continue their efforts they need your support. All donations are fully tax-deductable.

To learn more, donate or volunteer please visit their website: Alternatively, cheques and bank transfers are accepted.

Post cheques need to:
PO BOX 355
Miranda  NSW 1490.

Bank details for direct transfer are:
Public Fund, Commonwealth Bank Australia,
Martin Place 062 000 Account number: 13509929.

Identify your transfer as “Glory Reborn.” Monies into the Public Fund are receipted at month’s end.


Endometriosis Australia


Endometriosis Australia is a nationally accredited charity that endeavours to increase awareness about endometriosis in Australia, provide education, and help fund endometriosis research.

Endometriosis Australia strives to build strong relationships with existing endometriosis support networks throughout the country.

Click on the logo to donate.


Pain Education & Support

In conjunction with Australian Pain Management Association, WHRIA hosts regular support and education groups for pudendal neuralgia and pelvic pain. For more information please email

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