Women's and Newborn Health

The Women's and Newborn Health Network is led by a steering committee, chaired by Professor Sue Walker. The steering committee will be responsible for governance, engagement, and supporting the education and research agenda of Women and Newborn Health across the MACH sites.

 

The network aims to address key areas, including:

  1.  Unique health issues that only affect women,

  2.  Health issues that broadly affect the community that need to be viewed differently when patients are women, and

  3.  A broad program of research that utilises a gender lens more effectively.

Membership:

Prof Sue Walker, AO

                                                             Professor Sue Walker is the Chair of                                                               the MACH Women's and Newborn                                                                 Health Network. 

Professor Susan Walker is the Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Melbourne. She is Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University or Melbourne and also Director of Perinatal Medicine at Mercy Hospital for Women. She currently serves in the Victorian Fetal Therapy Service, a 3 centre collaboration responsible for delivering fetal surgery services to the women of Victoria. She serves on numerous RANZCOG committees, including as Deputy Chair of the Women's Health Committee. She teaches at The University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and University of Papua New Guinea. Her research interests include disorders of fetal growth, reducing the burden of preventable stillbirth, pre-eclampsia treatments, and the impact of sleep disordered breathing on obstetric outcomes.

Dr Oliver Daly

                                                           Dr Oliver Daly is a RANZCOG-                                                                         certified Urogynaecologist                                                                                   and Obstetrician,  and clinical lead                                                                   for Urogynaecology  at Western                                                                       Health in Melbourne.

Oliver is passionate about improving pelvic floor outcomes of pregnancy and in women suffering pelvic floor disorders. As part of his PhD he leads a Medical Research Future Fund project investigating the systemic causes of variation in obstetric anal sphincter injury rates and outcomes and an international collaboration to develop Core Outcomes in Oasi Prevention and Treatment (CO-OPT). Previously, he has lead several funded initiatives establishing best practice in postnatal bladder management, improved health service delivery through the implementation of a multi-disciplinary pelvic floor clinic and the development of a pregnancy information smartphone app for culturally and linguistically diverse women. He has been the recipient of the RANZCOG Taylor-Hammond research scholarship, Brown Craig travel fellowship and the Urogynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA) travelling fellowship. Oliver is actively involved in multi-disciplinary teaching for the University of Melbourne, Western Health and runs pelvic floor workshops locally and internationally.

 

Oliver is a member of Safer Care Victoria’s trans-vaginal mesh committee building capacity to support women affected by mesh complications and the evidence-based use of mesh. He is the Australasian representative for the CoRe Outcomes in Womens and Newborn health (CROWN) initiative, on the editorial board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal, and a reviewer for several other journals. He has held committee positions with the International Urogynecological Association, RANZCOG and UGSA.

A/Prof Lisa Hui

                                                           Lisa Hui is an obstetrician and                                                                             FRANZCOG subspecialist in                                                                               maternal fetal medicine at Northern                                                               Health and the Mercy Hospital for Women. She is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow and a research fellow with the Public Health Genetics Group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She completed her PhD on cell-free fetal nucleic acids in 2013 following a fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Diana Bianchi at Tufts Medical Centre, Boston, USA. Her current interests include genomic advances in prenatal screening and diagnosis, congenital infections, fetal growth restriction, prenatal ultrasound, and obstetric haematology. She is an editorial board member of the journals Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Prenatal Diagnosis.  

Dr Stefan Kane

                                                           Stefan is a maternal fetal medicine                                                                   subspecialist obstetrician based                                                                       primarily at the Royal Women's                                                                         Hospital, Melbourne. His clinical                                                                       engagements cover the spectrum of high-risk pregnancy care, and include preterm birth prevention, multiple pregnancy, fetal medicine and maternal medical disorders in pregnancy. He also performs tertiary-level fetal and gynaecological ultrasound.

 

Stefan's primary research focus is on the maternal neurological effects of pre-eclampsia. His PhD research project aims to evaluate the potential utility of maternal ophthalmic ultrasound in assessing changes in the cerebrovasculature and intracranial pressure of pre-eclamptic women. Other research interests include structural and genetic fetal anomalies, red blood cell alloimmunisation, preterm birth prevention, and early pregnancy prediction of later complications, and he has acted as site co-ordinator for a number of international randomised controlled trials.

 

Stefan is actively engaged in teaching at all levels, from medical students to advanced specialist trainees, and holds an honorary position as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He has a longstanding interest in prevocational medical education, and serves as an accreditation team leader for the intern accreditation authorities in Victoria and Queensland. He also serves on the Council of the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the steering committees for the Interdisciplinary Maternal Perinatal Australasian Collaborative Trials (IMPACT) Network of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. 

Chair

A/Prof Jeanie Cheong

                                                            A/Prof Jeanie Cheong is a Neonatal                                                                   Paediatrician with expertise in neonatal                                                             neurology, neuroimaging and long term                                                             follow up.

 

 

She is based at the Royal Women's Hospital and is the lead clinician in the Growth and Development clinic. She has several affiliations; as the medical/neurological Team Leader of the Victorian Infant Brain studies group within Murdoch Children's, the Convenor of the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study group, and Associate Professor with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne. She is the lead investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council funded study looking at long term neurodevelopmental outcomes and brain structural changes following late preterm birth.

Prof Martha Hickey

                                                       Martha Hickey is Professor of Obstetrics                                                         and Gynaecology and Head of the                                                                         Gynaecology Research Centre at the                                                                 University of Melbourne and the Royal                                                             Women’s Hospital, Victoria, Australia.

                                                       She is also an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. In her clinical practice she runs the largest public menopause service in Australia and in 2002 established the first multidisciplinary service for managing menopausal symptoms after cancer (MSAC). This service has now been replicated across Australia. She is a Senior Editor for the Cochrane Collaboration Gynaecology and Infertility Group and leads the international COMMA (Core Outcomes in Menopause) initiative as part of the COMET (Core Outcomes in Effectiveness) program. 

Prof Rod Hunt

                                                             Professor Rod Hunt is the Director of                                                                 Neonatal Medicine and Neonatal                                                                           Research at the Children's Campus,                                                                     Melbourne. He holds an Honorary                                                                       Professor role within the Department                                                               of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, and is Honorary Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University. He studied Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney, followed by a PhD in the field of Neonatal Neuro-endocrinology.

 

Professor Hunt's ongoing research interests include (a) the impact of surgery and anaesthesia on the newborn brain (b) neonatal seizures and (c) neuroprotective strategies for high-risk preterm and term born infants. He is a Chief Investigator on a number of NHMRC funded randomised controlled trials including projects that explore the utility of amplitude integrated EEG (aEEG) as a clinical tool in the management of neonatal seizures, the role of erythropoietin as a neuroprotectant for infants with HIE, an intervention trial for infants at high risk for developing CP, and two trials of differing anaesthesia interventions for young infants requiring surgery. He has developed and oversees a structured neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic for high-risk graduates from RCH NICU.

Along with his team, he uses MR imaging, aEEG and more recently NIRS to explore the impact of newborn brain injury and maldevelopment on long-term neurodevelopmental outcome.

A/Prof Joanne Said

                                                            Associate Professor Joanne Said is a                                                                    Royal Australian and New Zealand                                                                        College of Obstetricians and                                                                                    Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) certified 

                                                            Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM)                                                               subspecialist obstetrician.

 

She has many years’ experience in general obstetrics and MFM having worked in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department of The Royal Women’s Hospital for many years. A/Prof Said is currently the Head of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital, Western Health where she is heavily involved in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of MFM conditions including fetal abnormalities, multiple pregnancies and ultrasound monitoring of complex pregnancies. She performs diagnostic ultrasound based procedures (e.g. amniocentesis) and is qualified to counsel patients regarding the range of testing options available.

 

A/Prof Said is well respected both nationally and internationally for both her clinical and research work and has established close relationships with many of the GPs, Obstetricians and midwives around the western suburbs. She is an accredited RANZCOG MFM and Ultrasound examiner and is a member of the Stillbirth Subcommittee of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity

Snapshot of researchers across MACH partners

Preeclampsia

Professor Shaun Brennecke

Professor Stephen Tong

Associate Professor Joanne Said

Dr Stefan Kane

Dr Cathy Cluver

Endometriosis

Professor Martha Hickey

Professor Peter Rogers

Associate Professor Martin Healey
Dr Jacqueline Donoghue

Dr Sonia Grover
Dr Sarah Holdsworth Carson

Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe

Dr Jennifer Marino
Dr Michelle Peate

Dr Emma Readmann

 

Interpersonal Violence

Professor Martha Hickey

Professor Kelsey Hegarty

Professor Louise Newman

Associate Professor Lena Sanci

Dr Jennifer Marino
Dr Laura Tarzia

Gestational Diabetes

Associate Professor Joanne Said

Dr Harry M Georgiou
Dr Martha Lappas

Ectopic Pregnancy

Professor Stephen Tong

Fertility

Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe
Dr Michelle Peate

Labour/Birth

Professor Sue Walker

Dr Oliver Daly

Dr Harry Georgiou

Dr Martha Lappas

Dr Penny Sheehan 

Early Life Origins of Reproductive Health

Professor Martha Hickey

Dr Jennifer Marino

Dr Michelle Peate

 

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Fetal Medicine

Professor Sue Walker

Professor Stephen Tong

Associate Professor Lisa Hui

Associate Professor Joanne Said

Dr Stefan Kane

Cancer

Professor Martha Hickey

Professor John D Wark
Dr Michelle Peate

Newborn Health

Professor Peter Davis

Professor Lex Doyle

Professor Rod Hunt

Associate Professor Jeanie Cheong

Associate Professor Sue Jacobs

Associate Professor Christiane Theda

Dr Brett Manley

Dr Louise Owen

Dr Marta Thio

Infectious Diseases & Sexual Health

Professor Suzanne M. Garland

Menopause

Professor Martha Hickey

Dr Jennifer Marino

Professor John D Wark

Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis

Associate Professor Lisa Hui

Dr Jan Hodgson
Dr Bill Kalionis

Other (including adolescence health, obesity, incontinence)

Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs
Professor Suzanne M. Garland
Professor John D Wark

Dr Oliver Daly

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