Welcome to the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology

The Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology conducts teaching and research across six clinical schools: Central, Nepean, Northern, Rural Health (Dubbo and Orange), The Sydney Adventist Hospital and Westmead.

While each of the schools has its own vibrant research culture in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, academics across these schools liaise to draw on the large combined clinical populations (for example, of 20,000 pregnancies) for clinical research.

The research groups focus on the basic reproductive health sciences, clinical obstetrics, neonatology, gynaecology, international maternal and reproductive health and reproductive epidemiology. There are a wealth of opportunities available to post graduates interested in these fields.

Areas of excellence:

The discipline is recognised for its international leadership in the areas of pregnancy care, fetal assessment, gynaecological disorders and neonatal care.

  • Course content is delivered in a variety of ways designed to maximise in-depth learning.
  • Student participation is encouraged in this content rich program.
  • Clinical placements at ante-natal clinics and wards, labour wards, operating theatres, neonatal nurseries, NICU and in doctors’ rooms form a major part of the rotation.
  • Underpinning the course is a commitment to best evidence-based medicine and patient-centred practice.


A breadth of postgraduate research opportunities exist in all aspects of obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology.

  • Research activity in the discipline is strong. Each of the teaching hospitals has laboratory research facilities.
  • Focus areas of research include endometrial disorders, reproductive immunology, preeclampsia, pelvic floor disorders and fetal insufficiency.
  • The Discipline is a leader in several international trials particularly in newborn care and high risk obstetrics.
  • The Discipline effectively utilises routinely collected data to inform health service provision and evaluation of perinatal health care.

Associate Professor Kirsten Black & Dr Sean Seeho
Joint Heads of Discipline - Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology