Welcome to the official website of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. This bi-national multidisciplinary Perinatal Society was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to improving the health and long term outcomes for mothers and babies.

The Society fosters communication and collaboration between all those involved in perinatal research and in the care of the mother and baby during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and offers professional, political, administrative and educational advice.

The Society embraces the full scope of activity and reflects the many disciplines within perinatology including:

  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal Nurses
  • Obstetricians
  • Midwives
  • Epidemiologists
  • Scientists
  • Developmental therapists/psychologists
  • Surgeons
  • Pathologists
  • Other health professionals involved in perinatology


We aim to:
• Advance the theory and practice of Perinatology
• Encourage training and research
• Provide expert advice to government and other bodies
• Collaborate with all relevant organisations or professions
• Establish and maintain positive relationships with relevant international bodies


• Annual scientific congress held in major centres across Australia and New Zealand
• Regular newsletter from the PSANZ Board of Directors
• Information about upcoming international perinatal meetings
• The Geoffrey Thorburn Visiting Lecture Series – an annual event
• Opportunity to access travel grants
• Award opportunities – the society has a well-established track record of fostering new research by the award of several prizes
• Opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues across disciplines