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Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialises in education and research in the wellbeing of women, their babies, the reproductive health of men, and the health of future generations. We are internationally-recognised for excellence in these areas.

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In addition to addressing traditional aspects of women’s health care, including managing maternal and fetal conditions, reproductive planning, lifestyle risk reduction, and chronic and acute health issues, the discipline is also at the forefront of discovering, imparting and applying new knowledge. This includes in relation to: the ongoing health impacts of genetic and epigenetic programming in utero, including on future generations; and continuing advances in reproductive medicine, which are achieving excellent outcomes for many infertile couples, but also—at times—raising significant ethical and moral challenges.

The discipline has a strong clinical and research presence within the Lyell McEwin, Modbury Public, new Royal Adelaide, The Queen Elizabeth and Women’s and Children’s hospitals, as well as the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute (RRI).

Extensive undergraduate teaching

The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology teaches human reproductive health as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences, Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced) and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate degrees, offering students a progressive academic environment, with world-leading teachers and researchers.

Additionally, honours students are offered the opportunity to undertake a full-year research project (or part-time equivalent) within the discipline. This program aims to:

  • provide mentored training and education in scientific research methods
  • develop critical thinking and learning skills
  • develop logical reasoning, written and oral communication skills
  • encourage interest in a broad range of obstetrics-and-gynaecology-related areas.

Wide-ranging research and postgraduate education

The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has consistently achieved the highest rating in its field of research in the esteemed Excellence in Research for Australia program, with maximum scores of 5 (well above world benchmarks).

Research within the discipline is aligned to the core research priorities of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, and the RRI, encompassing the themes of: Fertility and Conception; Pregnancy and Birth; and Early Origins of Health.

Discipline researchers provide leadership in these themes, and are internationally-recognised for their particular strengths in reproductive, pregnancy and child health.

Through scientific collaboration—including via strong links with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and other Centres of Research Excellence—they seek answers to worldwide health problems across generations and global communities. The discipline’s work spans the full translation continuum, from basic science to clinical research and epidemiology, but always with the goal of advancing clinical practice and providing evidence-based new treatments and medical devices for clinical application.

The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology also offers places for students to undertake their PhD in a wide range of related research areas. Find out more about Honours and Higher Degrees by Research.

Collaboration with the Discipline of Paediatrics

We work closely with the Discipline of Paediatrics, which focuses its teaching and research on infant, child and adolescent health. Paediatrics encompasses all aspects of children’s health and wellbeing—physical and mental health, acute and chronic conditions, and child and adolescent behaviour and development.

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