Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists work closely with GP's and Midwives to provide comprehensive care for all aspects of women's health. They provide care for women from adolescence through reproductive years and beyond, dealing with all aspects of female reproductive health from puberty to menopause.

This involves looking after pregnancy, including both normal birth and complications of pregnancy and birth. This support extends to both physical well-being and the psychosocial aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, including facilitating the active involvement of women and partners in childbirth, family planning issues and counselling in relation to prenatal loss and disabilities in the newborn. A qualification in Obstetrics and Gynaecology requires a degree in medicine as well as a further six or more years of specialised training. Opportunities are available in both large public hospitals and private practice.

The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology provides education in the care for women across a range of courses and schools throughout the University of Newcastle. It is active in teaching and learning as well providing on-going research.

The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is actively involved in research through the Mothers and Babies Research Centre. It aims to address one of the Australian Government's most important national research priorities –'A Healthy Start to Life'.

In the JMP, the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology gives students an insight into the speciality area through student placement and rotations.

Many JMP graduates will move into obstetrics and gynaecology.