Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Improving women and infant health through world-leading research

UWA’s Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology covers research embracing women’s health and the health of infants before, during and after birth. Our work looks at a range of reproductive health and birth issues, from prevention of pre-term birth, through to the prediction and prevention of perinatal congenital anomalies and the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological cancers.

Obstetrics specialist areas:

  • Developmental origins of child and adult disease
  • Fetal medicine and surgery
  • Prevention of preterm birth (The Whole Nine Months)
  • Use of 'omics' to identify women at risk of developing pregnancy complications
  • Inflammation-associated preterm labour
  • Vaginal microbial health and its significance 
  • Drug administration, efficacy and safety in pregnancy 
  • Prenatal diagnosis 
  • Fetal health and disease using the sheep model
  • Intrapartum care
  • The microbiome in pregnancy and early life 

Our research into gynaecology covers a range of specialist topics including fertility and menopause.

Gynaecology specialist areas:

  • Gynaecological cancers
  • Adolescent gynaecology
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Reproductive endocrinology
  • Surgical training
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Endometrial polyps and dysfunctional uterine bleeding
  • Simulation training in obstetrics and gynaecology




We work closely with the Women & Infants Research Foundation when making new discoveries to better the health of women and their children. The Foundation is closely linked with other organisations including the following.


           Government of Western Australia, Health department logo

Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group         Institute for Health Research, the University of Notre Dame Australia       Saint John of God Subiaco

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Contact Professor John Newnham, Head of Division