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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.