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WA Register of Developmental Anomalies

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The Western Australian Register of Developmental Anomalies (sometimes referred to as WARDA or the Register) brings together two registers, the WA Birth Defects Registry and the WA Cerebral Palsy Register, under one banner to record and monitor developmental anomalies in WA.

Having a register like WARDA is very important. Approximately 1 baby in every 20 (5-6%) is born with a developmental anomaly in Western Australia and this may contribute to ongoing childhood health problems and disability and, in some cases, death.

WARDA collects information to keep track of where and when developmental anomalies are occurring in Western Australia. This information also guides research and helps to investigate causes, prevention and management of developmental anomalies.

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Did you know?

Each year 1 in 20 children in WA is born with a developmental anomaly

World Birth Defects Day March 3 logo

"More than 8 million babies worldwide are born each year with a serious birth defect. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may be physically or mentally disabled, taking a costly toll on their families, communities and nations."

March of Dimes 2016, Global Programs: World Birth Defects Day, viewed 11February 2016,

On March 3, 2017 WARDA joins over 50 other international organizations to support World Birth Defects Day (WBDD #WorldBDDay).
Twelve international organizations working on birth defects launched the first annual WBDD in 2015. Recognizing the importance of birth defects, in 2010 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution urging member states to, among other steps, raise awareness about the importance of birth defects.

WBDD aims to raise awareness of this serious global problem by advocating for

  • increased monitoring of the occurrence of birth defects,
  • research to find causes and improve prevention, and
  • promoting care to help children and adults with birth defects improve their quality of life and participation in society.






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