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Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine

The Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine provides antenatal services to the community while conducting evidence-based research and education and training to medical students.

Phone: 8204 5026 | Location: Level 4, Flinders Medical Centre

 

Teaching

We provide education and training to Flinders University Doctor of Medicine (MD) students.

These students prepare for clinical encounters in a ‘Transition to Clinical Practice’ (TCP) block towards the end of their second pre-clinical year. Our department provides an introductory segment in TCP in which students obtain an overview of the various women’s health, obstetrics and gynaecology conditions they will encounter in years three and four of their course.

The MD curriculum builds on knowledge and skills acquired in Years 1 and 2 but with emphasis on translating knowledge and skills into clinical practice. It includes both health maintenance and illness issues as they relate to a woman’s reproductive system.

 

Teaching aims

  • To introduce students to the physical, mental, ethical, economic, legal, epidemiological, occupational and socio-political aspects of health maintenance throughout a woman's life cycle, including pregnancy.
  • To explore common problems related to a woman's reproductive system throughout her life cycle, including problems during pregnancy.
  • To develop an understanding of significant obstetrical and gynaecological emergencies and their management.
  • To build on problem solving skills related to women's reproductive system and reproductive functions.
  • To provide experience and training in counselling women about health maintenance and problems related to their reproductive system.
  • To develop effective communication skills and cooperative working relationships with women and the wide range of health care professionals involved in women’s health and disease.

 

Rotations

During the obstetrics and gynaecology specialty terms, students based at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) rotate through the following units:

  • Birthing & Assessment Suite
    • Acute obstetric care in the antenatal period.
    • Care for women during labour, childbirth and the immediate postpartum.
  • Maternal and gynaecology wards
  • Women’s Health Clinic
  • Pre-admission clinic

 

Rural and Northern Territory students

Students in the Parallel Rural Clinical Curriculum (PRCC) program in regional locations learn obstetrics and gynaecology in a horizontally integrated fashion throughout the year.

Northern Territory Medical Program students at Royal Darwin Hospital receive exposure to obstetrics and gynaecology via a combination of a hospital terms and a community attachments. Third year students are expected to acquire skills in history taking and examination of patients, and to fully participate in their clinical care under close supervision.

 

Research

We are active in clinical and basic research around the themes of high risk pregnancy, pelvic organ prolapse and have active collaborations with local and interstate groups for the conduct of perinatal randomised controlled trials.

Teaching and Learning (PDF 69KB)

Clinical services

Our team

Associate Professor Rosalie Grivell
Academic Head
Special interests: Health of women and babies including fetal growth trajectories and fetal adiposity assessment, the clinical use of induction of labour and maternal overweight and obesity and its impacts on maternal and fetal health.

Dr Steve Scroggs
Unit Head
Special interests: postgraduate training in obstetric emergencies, management of obstetric anal sphincter injuries, surgical management of abnormal placentation.

Dr Sue Kennedy-Andrews
Co-Unit Head
Special interests: High risk obstetrics, emergency obstetric training (PROMPT)

Professor Kelton Tremellen
Strategic Professor in Reproductive Medicine
Research interests: improving access to high quality fertility treatment for all individuals wishing to become parents.

Dr Bruno Radesic
Medical Head of Gynaecology
Special interests: fertility, pelvic floor surgery

Dr Leen Khoo
Acting Medical Lead – Birthing & Assessment Suite
Special interests:  Reproductive medicine, labour ward practice and management.

Dr Jay McGavigan
Medical Lead of Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Special interests: prenatal diagnosis, fetal dysmorphology, high risk obstetrics.

Dr Sellvakumaran Paramasivam
Medical Lead of Gynaecology / Oncology
Special interests: gynaecological oncology, colposcopy, pelvic surgery.

Dr Elinor Atkinson
Senior Consultant
Special interests: Paediatric and adolescent gynaecology, management of pregnancies with abnormal placentation (placenta increts and percreta).

Dr Chris Verco
Senior Consultant
Special interests: Endoscopic surgery, tubal surgery, menopause, endometriosis, consent military and medical history.

Dr Monika Juneja
Gynaecologist
Special interests: Advanced laparoscopic surgery, endometriosis, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor disorders.

Dr Fariba Behnia-Willison
Gynaecologist
Special interests: Endo-gynaecology, urodynamics.

Dr Carl Lam
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Special interests: Minimal access surgery.

Dr Karen Shand
Obstetrician and gynaecologist
Special interests: Obstetric and Gynaecological ultrasound (COGU), teaching.

Dr Linda Roach
Consultant
Special interests: Reproductive Medicine.

Dr Jane Wood
Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
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Dr Anne Olsson
Senior Gynaecologist
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Dr William (Bill) Jeffries  
Staff Specialist Physician in Obstetric Medicine
Special interests: Working with women who have medical problems in pregnancy.

Dr Jui Ho    
Physician
Special interests: Obstetric Medicine.

Dr Shantha Joseph
Endocrinologist and Obstetric Physician
Special interests: Outpatient care for women requiring consultations in obstetric medicine.

Visiting medical specialists

Dr Linda McKendrick
Special interests: Caring for high risk pregnancies, antenatal clinics, teaching midwives, medical students and junior doctors.

Dr Elvis Seman
Medical Lead of Urogynaecology
Special interests: Urogynaecology, pelvic floor reconstruction.

Dr Robert O’Shea
Medical Lead of Flinders Endogynaecology
Special interests: Complex laparoscopic surgery, urogynaecology.

Dr Andrew Day
Special interests: Advanced laparoscopic surgery, prolapse and incontinence surgery.

Professor Marc Keirse (retired)
Special interests: Pregnancy and childbirth, systematic reviews, evaluation of care.