Head of School Welcome
I am delighted to welcome you to the School of Women’s & Children’s Health, UNSW Medicine at the University of New South Wales. The School is an emerging leader in education and research in the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics in Australia and internationally.
Based on the Randwick Hospitals Campus in the Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital, the School is comprised of the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, together with the National Perinatal Epidemiology & Statistics Unit (NPESU), and affiliated with Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI). The School has substantial commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and provides significant and expert clinical services across subspecialties in both disciplines. The School also has a strong research focus across the disciplines as indicated below.
The School was formed in 2001 with the amalgamation of the Schools of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. Since that time, we have fruitfully integrated teaching and research collaborations across the School, while also maintaining the distinct strengths and individuality of each discipline.
The Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is headed by Professor William Ledger and is largely based at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick, one of Australia’s foremost specialist hospitals for women and babies, with other teaching hospitals including the St George & Sutherland Hospital, Bankstown Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. The predominant research centres are at the Royal Hospital for Women and St George Hospital with particular research strengths listed below.
The Discipline of Paediatrics is headed by the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics Adam Jaffe and is largely based at the Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick, the second largest paediatric hospital in the State of NSW, with other teaching sites at the St George & Sutherland Hospital, Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool Hospitals, and Canterbury and Campbelltown Hospitals . The Discipline has a strong association with the Sydney Children’s Hospital and is closely aligned with the newly formed Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Clinical Trials Centre. There is a strong affiliation and collaboration with the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia (CCIA). Our research strengths are listed below.
The School is dedicated to excellence in teaching in the innovative UNSW undergraduate medicine program as well as the highly successful and ground-breaking, fully online Masters programs in Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health Medicine. Indeed, the School provides one of the most comprehensive and largest undergraduate teaching experiences in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics across Australia with students spending a minimum of 14 weeks in each discipline by graduation.
Research is undergoing an exciting transition in the School with the appointments of two new Heads of Disciplines, key academic recruitments and an increase in research support staff across both Disciplines. Researchers across the School are contributing and collaborating locally, nationally and internationally with novel and innovative discoveries.
Key strengths for Obstetrics & Gynaecology research are: Reproductive Medicine, Endosurgery, Gynaecological Oncology, Urogynaecology, Menopause and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Paediatrics Research is spread across the following streams: Cancer, Clinical Trials, Health Systems Research, Non-Communicable Diseases, Population Health and Rare Diseases & Genomics.
The School also has vibrant postgraduate research programs in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. There are currently approximately 70 students enrolled in PhDs, MDs or Masters of Science across both Disciplines (including CCIA students). Opportunities for research degrees exist across most subspecialties in the School and further information can be found on our Postgraduate Research degrees webpage.
We encourage you to explore our School’s website and look forward to connecting with you across our varied activities.
Professor Adam Jaffe
Head, School of Women's & Children's Health