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  • Ranked #5 in Australia for research Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine, 2015 Excellence in Research Australia
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Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology

Promoting excellence in clinical care for women and their babies
We offer outstanding clinical, academic and research opportunities in areas of health relating to women and newborn babies – from pre-reproductive care to childbearing and postmenopausal years.

About the discipline

Researchers and students of the discipline gain a wealth of experience working, learning and researching alongside teams in our clinical schools across NSW. We are committed to the provision of the highest possible standards and continuing developments in healthcare for women and babies.

We conduct our research and teaching at:

Clinical placements

We are recognised for our international leadership in the areas of pregnancy care, fetal assessment, gynaecological disorders and neonatal care. We are committed to excellence in education and students can expect:

  • course content delivered in a variety of ways designed to maximise in-depth learning
  • high level of student participation and a content-rich program
  • clinical placements at ante-natal clinics and wards, labour wards, operating theatres, neonatal nurseries, NICU and in doctors’ rooms as the major part of your rotation
  • commitment to best evidence-based medicine and patient-centred practice.

Study options

Postgraduate programs in sexual and reproductive health provide a diverse and inter-professional curriculum suitable for students interested in HIV, sexually transmitted infections, sexual and reproductive health.

We are recognised for our international leadership in the areas of pregnancy care, fetal assessment, gynaecological disorders and neonatal care. Students are given the opportunity to study in this dynamic environment.

Clinical placements at antenatal clinics and wards, labour wards, operating theatres, neonatal nurseries, NICU and in doctors’ rooms form a major part of the rotation. Students are assigned to one of six clinical schools - Central, Nepean, Northern, Rural Health (located at Dubbo and Orange), Sydney Adventist Hospital and Westmead.

Teaching occurs across the four years of the MD program, including problem based learning cases, and clinical skills teaching in years 1 and 2. The major component of the course is an 8 week rotation in perinatal women's health in Stage 3. 

An eight week pre-internship is available in general medical, general surgical teams and sub specialties.

Learn more about the MD program.

The postgraduate program in sexual and reproductive health provides a diverse and inter-professional curriculum suitable for Australian and international students interested in the range of disciplines related to HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), psychosexual therapy/sexology, sexual and reproductive health.

Globally, the challenges of sexual and reproductive health including HIV/STIs, infertility, and unintended pregnancy continue to be a significant public health issue. Challenges to sexual function and wellbeing also impact on the health of individuals. Comprehensive prevention and treatment of sexual and reproductive health issues require a thorough understanding of the psycho-social contexts in which they occur as well as the biological and diagnostic aspects.

These programs are designed to provide maximum professional relevance, flexibility and choice. This program has four distinct pathways: HIV and STIs, psychosexual therapy, reproductive health and fertility and public health.

Course options include:

*Requires a medical degree

There are many great and exciting opportunities for PhD students in the areas of obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology. Areas of research include: adolescent gynaecology, gynaecology, gynaecological oncology, menopause, urogynaecology, endometriosis, prenatal diagnosis, preterm labour and delivery, hypertension, intrapartum care and neonatal withdrawal syndrome.

Examples of the types of research opportunities available include:

  • early pregnancy complications
  • epidemiology of thrombophilias and autoimmune diseases in pregnancy
  • links between pregnancy outcomes and subsequent child and adult health
  • placenta and vascular biology
  • pre-eclampsia screening using ultrasound
  • reproductive immunology.

The University offers a range of research opportunities to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, visit our postgraduate research page.

For further information please contact Dr Sean Seeho, Postgraduate Coordinator (sean.seeho@sydney.edu.au) or Burcu Karlsson, Discipline Officer (burcu.karlsson@sydney.edu.au).

Our research

Our research is centred around the broad areas of women's health, pregnancy health and newborn health.

More specific areas of research in the discipline include:

  • clinical obstetrics
  • contraception
  • early pregnancy care and complications
  • endometrial disorders
  • fetal insufficiency
  • gynaecology
  • international maternal and reproductive health
  • neonatology
  • pelvic floor disorders
  • pre-eclampsia
  • pre-pregnancy care
  • reproductive epidemiology
  • reproductive health sciences
  • reproductive immunology.

This research group at the Central Clinical School has a long-standing interest in endometriosis research. The research is broadly focused around understanding the pathogenesis of the disease, investigating pain mechanisms, improving diagnosis, contributors to infertility, and screening and diagnosis.

The goal of this research is to improve understanding of this common and complex disease and ultimately contribute to improved management and quality of life for women with endometriosis.

Our people

  • Associate Professor Kirsten Black, Central Clinical School and Joint Head of Discipline
  • Associate Professor George Condous, Neapean Clinical School
  • Dr Sean Seeho, Northern Clinical School and Joint Head
  • Dr Georgina Luscombe, School of Rural Health (Dubbo/Orange)
  • Associate Professor John Keogh, Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School
  • Professor Alison Brand, Westmead Clinical School

Joint Head of Discipline

Sean Seeho

Joint Head of Discipline

Kirsten Black
Associate Professor Kirsten Black
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