Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialises in education and research in the wellbeing and reproductive health of women and their babies, the reproductive health of men, and the health of future generations. We are internationally recognised for excellence in these areas.
Obstetrics and gynaecology includes evidenced based health care for women’s reproductive health including reproductive planning, pregnancy and pregnancy loss, maternal and fetal health. The discipline encompasses women’s reproductive health across the lifespan, from childhood and adolescence, through the fertile years, and into menopause and older age.
Research within the discipline is focussed on the intergenerational transmission of health and disease. World recognised researchers are exploring ways in which to improve the health of future generations. The discipline is at the forefront of advances in assisted reproduction and chronic health conditions impacting the lives of women.
The discipline has clinical and research presence within the Lyell McEwin, Modbury Public, 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 the Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine programs, offering students a progressive academic environment, with world-leading teachers and researchers.
Clinician teaching is provided across the SA Health network, including rural and remote locations, by dedicated clinicians. Clinical rotations in obstetrics and gynaecology are focused on practical experience, as well as utilising the world-class educational resources available through the University of Adelaide. Overall, clinical teachers are dedicated to the education of the next generation of healthcare practitioners, ensuring women and their infants are well-served into the future.
There is a strong focus on evidence-based healthcare, and improving outcomes through rigorous medical research. Opportunities exist for both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects within the discipline. These programs aim 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
- have real-world clinical applications .
Wide-ranging research and postgraduate education
Find out more about honours and higher degrees by research within the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
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.