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Maternal Fetal Medicine

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The Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine manages high risk pregnancies, including women with diabetes, heart or kidney disease, hypertension and women at risk of pre-eclampsia or who have any maternal or fetal conditions that need to be monitored. This field of medicine also handles twin or triplet pregnancies. We are based at the Royal Hospital for Women, a dedicated women’s hospital located at the Randwick Hospitals campus which also includes Sydney Children's Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospitals and is a short distance from the University of New South Wales. It also encompasses the New South Wales Fetal Therapy Centre, a leading NSW centre which provides a service for families from all over NSW and the ACT for laser procedures for twin-twin transfusion syndrome as well as a number of other procedures and where the bulk of the State's fetal invasive procedures are performed.

A multidisciplinary team of clinicians, midwives and basic scientists collaborate in clinical practice and clinical and translational research projects with the aim of improving outcomes for mothers and babies.

The development of The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead) has further strengthened the referral pathways between Maternal Fetal Medicine and Sydney Children's Hospital, in particular for those babies requiring neonatal surgery.

Staff/Team members 
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Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Ph 0293 825 272
Other team members 

Ms Anne Lainchbury
Research Co-ordinator and Midwife
Royal Hospital for Women
Ph (02) 9382 6496
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Ultrasound imagePerinatal Research

We are involved in a number of external trials, internal trials and basic science research. The Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the RHW is proud to be a leader in the field of women’s health and perinatal research in Australia. A large number of staff, from midwifery, obstetrics, neonatal nursing and neonatology has contributed to this.

In addition, the Perinatal Academic Group (PAG) has been developed at the RHW to review all research activities, discuss resource implications and oversee a research strategy for the future.

All research conducted in the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine RHW is reviewed by an independent ethical review panel, at the South Eastern Sydney Research Support Office.

Clinical Practice

The research and academic components of Maternal Fetal Medicine are intricately linked with clinical practice. We are a quaternary referral centre for complex pregnancy care for referrals for the South East Sydney & Local Health District and also take referrals from other tertiary centres.

A multidisciplinary team provides care for complex pregnancies. Patients may see Obstetricians, Midwives, Neonatal Surgeons or other specialists who all form part of the team. Our close proximity to Sydney Children’s Hospital allows precise planning of perinatal management, in particular coordination with the Departments of Neonatology and Neonatal Surgery.

We also host the New South Wales Fetal Therapy Centre, which functions as the NSW centre for laser therapy for twin-twin transfusion syndrome. The Centre also performs procedures such as in utero blood transfusions, bladder and pleural shun placements and radiofrequency ablative therapy. The Centre has published its immediate outcomes for laser therapy, which equal those in the published international literature.

Teaching and Research Phases in Maternal Fetal Medicine

Maternal Fetal Medicine has a strong teaching component in both undergraduate and postgraduate areas within the Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Women's and Children's Health.

Undergraduate

  • Phase 1 - Lectures are given on the UNSW campus and students are orientated to the Royal Hospital for Women
  • Phase 2 - Students attend clinical attachments
  • Phase 3 - Students are attached via mentorships
  • ILP - Each year the Department takes a number of Phase 2 students for ILP projects. These range from pure laboratory projects to clinical studies.

View previously negotiated Honour & ILP subjects.

Postgraduate

Overseas Fellowships are available for Doctors to observe, participate or study at UNSW Maternal Fetal Medicine. For further details please contact Professor Alec Welsh.

The PhD Scholarship in Fetal Doppler Imaging (3D FMBV) in the School of Women’s & Children’s Health is a 3 year PhD post open to both domestic and international PhD candidates.

The Scholarship would ideally be suited to a sonographer with experience in Women's Imaging, or a Medical Practitioner with an interest in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and preferably some experience in diagnostic ultrasound.

The role will work alongside a multidisciplinary team including a Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, other PhD candidates, a postdoctoral engineer, sonographers and numerous medical students.

The aim of this thesis is to prove or disprove the validity of a novel computational algorithm designed to evaluate 'raw' ultrasound data from three-dimensional volumes that has recently been published in the journal Radiology. Numerous experiments have been designed to facilitate this.

To apply please address the “Desired Skills and Experience” section outlined in the attachment, and send your CV along with a cover letter to Professor Alec Welsh and Dr Melissa Chang.
 
Contacts:
 
Professor Alec Welsh - alec.welsh@unsw.edu.au.
Dr Melissa Chang - melissa.chang@unsw.edu.au

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